Catching you up on some of the latest news and notes on the Virginia Tech football recruiting front, beginning with some impressive athletic performances by Virginia Tech class of 2017 recruits. Here you go…
PIMPLETON IMPRESSES AT THE OPENING REGIONAL IN CHICAGO
Virginia Tech class of 2017 commitment Kalil Pimpleton of Muskegee (MI) showed off his outstanding quickness and elusiveness at The Opening Regional in Chicago. Check out the highlights below to see for yourself. Pimpleton, who projects as a slot receiver for the Hokies, posted an electronically-timed 4.56-second 40 and 4.40-second shuttle as well as a 35.6-inch vertical leap.
— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) May 19, 2016
FARLEY SHOWS OFF SPEED
Maiden (N.C.) star and Virginia Tech football commitment Caleb Farley finished as the runner-up in the 100 meters in the NCHSAA CLASS 2-A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. The 6’3″, 180-pound rising senior’s 10.77-second time was just .12 seconds behind the state champion.
Farley told TechSideline.com that Virginia Tech is recruiting him initially as a quarterback; however, wide receiver is a very real possibility as far as his future position in Blacksburg in concerned. That blend of size and speed is certainly intriguing.
VILAIN VISITS MICHIGAN; NO COMMITMENT YET
Episcopal (Alexandria, VA) defensive end Luiji Vilain is one of the top overall recruits in the state of Virginia’s 2017 Class. Virginia Tech already has a commitment from one of the state’s best defensive ends in Riverbend (Fredericksburg, VA) TyJuan Garbutt and is a top contender for Vilain, who visited Michigan this past weekend.
— Michigan Updates24/7 (@michigannews247) May 22, 2016
For the Hokies, it’s certainly a plus that the 6’4″, 235-pound rising senior didn’t commit while in Ann Arbor. While the consensus is that Michigan may still be the school to beat, we should know where the talented end will take his talents as a decision reportedly will come soon. A specific decision date has not been set.
NEW OFFERS GO OUT
Virginia Tech football extended several scholarship offers in the past week. Here is the rundown…
– Dwayne Fisher, OL, Ehret (Marrero, LA), Class of 2017
The Competition: Arkansas, Colorado and Mississippi State are among the other schools that have offered Fisher, who de-committed from Arkansas on May 14.
– Jonah Helton, OL, Eastern Alamance (Mebane, N.C.), Class of 2017
The Competition: The 6’4″, 285-pound Helton is a North Carolina commit. Virginia Tech just offered, but Helton’s mother tweets that he is “100% Tarheel for life.”
– Jeremiah Holloman, DB, Newton (Covington, GA), Class of 2017
The Competition: Holloman has enjoyed a successful month of May with offers from Colorado, LSU, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Virginia Tech. He had some pretty good success before that, though, landing offers from Alabama, Auburn, ECU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Michigan State, NC State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
– Cordavien Suggs, OL, Fletcher (Neptune Beach, FL), Class of 2017
The Competition: Suggs released a top 10 on May 18. He noted, however, that the list “could change at anytime.” One day later, Virginia Tech offered.
The list is: 1. Florida, 2. Mississippi State, 3. Tennessee, 4. North Carolina, 5. South Carolina, 6. FAU, 7. Memphis, 8. Louisville, 9. Georgia Tech, 10. Washington State.
– Ahshawn Moore, LB, Indian River (Chesapeake, VA), Class of 2018
The Competition: Auburn, Marshall and Virginia Tech have offered Moore, who attends the same high school as Virginia Tech class of 2016 linebacker recruit Tavante Beckett and highly coveted class of 2017 athlete Devon Hunter.
– Marquez Ezzard, WR/S, Stockbridge (GA), Class of 2018
The Competition: Ezzard, who has also landed an offer from Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Pittsburgh, is a teammate of class of 2017 running back Jalen Holston. Holston has an offer from Virginia Tech and has high interest in the Hokies.