Last Saturday was a big one for Virginia Tech on the recruiting trail. There were a bunch of visitors who got to see the Hokies’ big 52-10 win over the Hoos, which most assuredly was a pleasant sight for them.
Here’s your update on all things Virginia Tech recruiting.
Tons of visitors for Virginia win
Virginia Tech hosted a ton of recruits on Saturday.
Class of 2017: athlete Dazz Newsome, running back Jalen Holston, defensive end Tyjuan Garbutt, cornerback Benjamin St-Juste, defensive tackle Jamari Logan, running back Orlando Jones, offensive lineman Bryson Speas, athlete Caleb Farley, quarterback Hendon Hooker, wide receiver Tahj Capehart, linebacker Rayshard Ashby, safety Davante Smith, wide receiver Sean Savoy
Class of 2019: cornerback Tayvion Land
Class of 2020: linebacker Gaberiel Fuster, cornerback Sheridan Jones
Tackling the ’17 visitors first, it should be noted that many of them were commitments. Farley, Hooker, Capehart, Ashby, Smith and Savoy have all committed to Virginia Tech and they all seem pretty solid. Jones has committed to Tech as well, but as a preferred walk-on.
Speas is committed to NC State. He’s teammates with Hooker at Dudley High School in Greensboro, NC., so likely just made the trip with him. I don’t think Speas is waffling on his commitment, but who knows.
Newsome, who is brothers with Virginia Tech’s Deon Newsome, is also committed to Maryland. Maybe there’s a flip here, but this is the first I’ve heard about that. Newsome is a 5-foot-10, 165-pound athlete and is rated as a 3-star prospect. Newsome currently does not hold a Virginia Tech offer.
St-Juste is supposed to be deciding between Virginia Tech and Michigan this week.
— Benjamin St-Juste (@Benj_UpNext) November 28, 2016
Virginia Tech has a much higher chance than I thought they had when they first offered St-Juste, but his “commitment” to Michigan is all but gone. His decision will be an interesting one.
Holston visiting is big, but I’m surprised we didn’t hear about a commitment. He’s Virginia Tech’s top target at running back right now and he’ll likely end up with the Hokies. He has a great relationship with Running Backs Coach Zohn Burden, which should come as no surprise.
Garbutt seems to have figured out he should’ve stuck with his commitment to Virginia Tech. He’s been very positive about Virginia Tech since his decommitment and has always maintained they were still the leader. If Garbutt makes it official, the Tech coaching staff should get a lot of credit for bringing him back into the fold.
Slade and Hollifield are two of Virginia Tech’s top targets for the Class of 2018. Both are high on the Hokies, specifically Hollifield. Hollifield has seen at least three Tech games this season (Tennessee, Miami, Virginia) and would be a great get.
Land, Fuster and Jones are all Bishop Sullivan kids, as is Capehart. It would be quite a haul for Virginia Tech if they were to somehow land all of them, but it’s unlikely. Fuster and Jones will likely be top-level recruits as well and won’t be easy for Tech. Having them down for a destruction of an in-state rival though is always good.
Hunt off the board for Hokies
Tyran Hunt narrowed down his list down to three schools and didn’t include Virginia Tech.
Commitment date coming very soon. Lets get it! 😈💪 pic.twitter.com/3QzQ7wVwj1
— Tyran Hunt 🐐 (@tyranjhunt) November 27, 2016
The word is that Virginia Tech hasn’t been in contact much with Hunt over the last several weeks, which would explain why the interest cooled there. He was thought to be one of Virginia Tech’s top offensive line targets, but the Hokies seem to have moved on.
When it comes to the offensive line, the Hokies are still in on Brock Hoffman, a Georgia Southern commit. He doesn’t have an offer yet, but that could change very soon. Mekhi Becton seems to have cooled on Virginia Tech as well.
Hunter announcing on Christmas Eve
While you’re sitting around waiting for Christmas, you can find out where Devon Hunter will go to school.
I will be announcing my commitment on Christmas Eve 🎁🎄‼️
— 7️⃣ Hunter (@devonhunter11) November 23, 2016
Virginia Tech has the best shot here, but don’t count this until it happens. It’s been a long, drawn out recruitment with some twists and turns, but Hunter should be a Hokie in the near future.
In related news, Virginia Tech extended an offer to Class of 2017 safety TreSean Smith, a Louisville commitment. Smith is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect from Cincinnati, OH. He’s rated as a 3-star safety with offers from schools such as Notre Dame, Penn State, Bowling Green, Colorado State, Iowa State and Syracuse.