North Carolinian speedster Tucker Holloway has emerged as one of Virginia Tech’s top wide receiver targets since being offered recently. The good news for the Hokies is that the heavy interest is mutual based on what Holloway had to say about who is standing out in his recruitment.
“Obviously, VT is the top contender. I also like Iowa State a lot, and still like the other schools that have offered me,” Holloway said.
So why are the Hokies the “top contender” for Holloway? He had this to say about why that’s the case.
“The relationship I have built with the coaches is the biggest thing. The whole college town and campus feel is very welcoming. Lastly, I have friends who have gone there and loved it,” Holloway said.
As Holloway indirectly referenced, he has visited Blacksburg previously during this dead period having made a trip to Tech during his spring break. The trip "blew him away for sure" after seeing campus, the football facilities, and the town.
Not only is Tech in a strong position, but they are also pushing hard for him along with Iowa State with WRs coach Jafar Williams leading the charge for the Hokies. Holloway had this to say about his relationship with Jafar Williams.
"Very good, seems like a man that stands for high character and hard work, I like that," Holloway said.
Looking ahead, Holloway laid out his visit plans for the next couple weeks with the Hokies and Cyclones center stage.
"I will be at VT on June 1st. I have an official visit at VT June 11th-13th. Other than that, I plan to go to Iowa State the 4th-6th of June," Holloway said.
With that in mind, Holloway told us that he is looking at late June to early July for a decision "but I would definitely commit earlier if I already know where I want to go."
When that time comes, Holloway has a strong idea of what the key factors will be in his decision with his upcoming visits clearly a chance to answer those questions.
"If the coaches have the same high character and personalities that I hear on the phone when I meet them in person and shake their hand will be important for me and my parents. For the most part, I am looking for a coaching staff that is high character, then on top of that, I am pumped just to see what the whole college town and campus feel is like and see if it feels like home," Holloway said.
Another important factor for almost any recruit is how well will they fit in a football team even if it isn't always a top factor. For Holloway, someone who averaged over 20 yards per reception last season and has won a state long jump title, he feels confident about his fit in Tech's offense.
"I have the natural abilities to play in that offense as far as athletically but then I am going to be coachable and the coaches will be able to use me in whatever ways they want," Holloway said. "I have watched VTs receivers and I play a lot like they do as far as being a dangerous outside deep threat but I can also play more of a slot position and I can still be used a lot in the short game."
As recruiting is about to kick into hyperdrive with the end of the COVID dead period, Virginia Tech is in great shape in their pursuit of priority WR target Tucker Holloway.