Virginia Tech Recruiting Update: Several Highly-Touted Prospects Visit Tech

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Virginia Tech hosted several more recruits for spring visits last weekend. (Photo via @j_mitch82 on Twitter)

After a huge recruiting weekend over April Fools’, Virginia Tech recruiting hosted more prospects last weekend as the Hokies’ spring game nears.

Here is a list of recruits who visited this weekend.

Class of 2018: Payton Wilson, James Mitchell, Jamal Elliott, Rasheed Walker, John Harris, DeVon Graves and Rayshad Williams

Class of 2019: Khalid Martin

That’s not as many recruits as the April 1 weekend, but there’s tons of talent in that group.

Payton Wilson is one of the top linebackers in the country. Wilson is a 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite, and is a top-100 player overall. He listed at 6-foot-4, 220-pounds and is being recruited as a linebacker by the Hokies. He has offers from multiple elite-level programs, but released a top-four list on Sunday night.

Wilson seems to favor North Carolina and Virginia Tech over Clemson and Ohio State, but it’s hard to tell who has a the edge. Wilson is from Hillsborough, NC., which is just 20 minutes from Chapel Hill.

Mitchell is a 3-star wide receiver/tight end from Big Stone Gap, VA. He’s listed at 6-foot-4 and 218-pounds, and would likely play a Bucky Hodges role for Virginia Tech. Mitchell has had Clemson and Virginia Tech near the top of his list for awhile now, and those two schools figure to be there until the end. Mitchell has 11 reported scholarship offers so far, mostly from Power 5 programs.

Jamal Elliott publicly named Virginia Tech his leader in February, but after visiting Tennessee in March, the Volunteers became his leader. Elliott released a top-three the next day, including Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Oregon. 

Elliott has 22 scholarship offers and is a 4-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite. A commitment from Elliott would help bolster Tech’s Class of 2018, and add talent to the running back unit moving forward. 

Rasheed Walker is one of the top remaining offensive linemen on the board for Virginia Tech. The 4-star recruit is listed at 6-foot-5 and 280-pounds, and has offers from 26 programs. So far, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia Tech have a small edge, but is early. 

John Harris is another offensive lineman that Virginia Tech is recruiting, though he’s less-heralded than Walker and others. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound prospect is a 3-star recruit and has 15 other scholarship offers, including some from Power 5 programs. Tech seems to have a big advantage over other schools at the moment. 

DeVon Graves is technically an NC State commit, but that seems to be a soft verbal. Graves committed to the Wolfpack in April 2016, but visited Virginia Tech multiple times during last season and is high on the Hokies. Graves is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound recruit from Appomattox, VA., and likely translates to defensive back for the Hokies.

Rayshad Williams received an offer from Virginia Tech in late February and has been high on the Hokies ever since. The defensive back from Memphis, TN. has seven reported scholarship offers, most notably from Tennessee, Arkansas and Ole Miss. Williams seems to favor Tech and Tennessee, and has visited both schools this spring.

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