It was once again a busy week for Virginia Tech recruiting, as the Hokies added two commitments and put themselves in position for another. Here’s what you need to know.
Bush commits, will enroll for spring semester
Once Jerod Evans declared for the NFL Draft, it became imperative that head coach Justin Fuente find a way to add depth to his quarterback unit for next season. He did that by grabbing AJ Bush, a JUCO-transfer from Iowa Western Community College.
Bush, who originally played at Nebraska out of high school, is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound quarterback who has experience at the FBS level, but is extremely raw in his abilities. There’s no question he has potential, but he needs a lot of polishing.
Bush will be the third quarterback on scholarship this spring, joining redshirt-freshman Josh Jackson and true-freshman Hendon Hooker. Theoretically, Bush allows Virginia Tech to redshirt Hooker, which is their preference. Walk-ons Jack Click and Chase Mummau are the only other quarterbacks on the roster.
Glaze commits to Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech added a surprise commitment in defensive lineman JBril Glaze, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound recruit from Tampa, FL.
Glaze is a 3-star recruit and should play defensive tackle for the Hokies. Glaze is also scheduled to take an official visit to Virginia Tech on Jan. 20. Glaze holds 21 scholarship offers, including South Florida, Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State and Temple.
The Hokies are still after Victor Dimukeje, despite Glaze’s commitment. Dimukeje will play defensive tackle as well in Bud Foster’s defensive system.
Brini receives offers, will take official visit
Virginia Tech moved quickly last week to offer a scholarship to Latavious Brini, as well schedule an official visit with him before Signing Day.
Brini is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound corner from Hialeah, FL. He’s a 4-star prospect has recently shuffled his schedule to visit Virginia Tech and Oregon, Jan. 20 and Jan.27 respectively. He also took an official visit to Oklahoma in November, but it looks like Tech and Oregon’s Willie Taggart will have the last chances to sway Brini.
Hokies offer receiver Sean Nelson
Surprisingly, it seems like Virginia Tech is not done at wide receiver. The Hokies offered wide receiver Sean Nelson, a 3-star prospect from Fairburn, GA. Nelson is technically committed to Maryland, but that commitment is shaky. One of his primary recruiters, Mike London, recently left Maryland to take over as head coach at Howard. Nelson’s other recruiter, Chris Beatty, is also rumored to be looking at other jobs.
The Hokies already have quite the haul at wide receiver, which makes this push for Nelson interesting. Tech holds commitments from Tahj Capehart, Hezekiah Grimsley and Sean Savoy, all of whom will likely play at wideout. Athletes Kalil Pimpleton, Caleb Farley and Terius Wheatley can also play the position.
Farley, Pimpleton among early enrollees
With the spring semester starting next week, several of Virginia Tech’s commitments for the Class of 2017 will enroll early — athletes Caleb Farley, Terius Wheatley and Kalil Pimpleton, tight end Dalton Keene, linebacker Aundre Kearney and quarterbacks AJ Bush and Hendon Hooker.
Hunter shows love for Tech at Army All-American Game
In case you were wondering how Devon Hunter feels about Virginia Tech, might I direct your attention to this?
— HokieNation (@VTHOKIE_NATION) January 7, 2017
Hunter has yet to announce a commitment date, but it’s clear Virginia Tech is special to him. He also played quite well in the game, tying for the team-high in tackles.
Blessed beyond blessed to have the most tackles in the US Army All American Game ✊🏾💯 pic.twitter.com/04SO9xw2xK
— 7️⃣ Hunter (@devonhunter11) January 8, 2017