News and notes on the Virginia Tech football and basketball recruiting front from this past week. We begin with those recruits who were in Lane Stadium for this past Saturday’s contest against Marshall.
Confirmed Visitors: The Marshall Game
The weather didn’t keep some prominent recruits from making the trek to Lane Stadium for last Saturday’s triple overtime win over Marshall. TechSideline.com has confirmed the following recruits were in attendance…
- Terrell Edmunds , DB, Dan River High School (Ringgold, VA)
- Andrew Ford , QB, Cedar Cliff (Camp Hill, PA)
- CJ Reavis , S, Thomas Dale (Chester, VA)
- Brady Taylor , OL, Bishop Ready (Columbus, OH)
Virginia Tech continues to be one of the top contenders for 6’3″, 220-pound senior linebacker Raymon Minor (pictured on the TSL home page), who watched Tech pull out the win. Last Saturday is the latest of many visits the Benedictine (Richmond, VA) star has made to Blacksburg. Attempts to reach Minor were unsuccessful, but at last check he was also considering Miami and Ohio State, among others, in addition to the Hokies. He plans to take official visits before making a commitment.
On the class of 2015 front, highly recruited offensive tackle Matthew Burrell Jr. made it to Lane Stadium.
Burrell, who attends Hylton High School (Woodbridge, VA) and has become close with Bulldogs teammate and VT-bound senior Travon McMillian , boasts offers from Alabama, Michigan, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and many others. He has not let on to any favorites, but he has been to UVa, VT, and Michigan this fall.
— Matthew • Burrell (@_WeArentTheSAME) September 22, 2013
Other juniors in attendance included Matoaca (Chesterfield, VA) junior wide receiver/H-back Trevion Armstrong and Dan River (Ringgold, VA) linebacker/tight end Tremaine Edmunds . The 6’4″ Armstrong has offers from ODU and JMU, while Edmunds, a 6’4″, 215-pound prospect, has been offered by UVa, Cincinnati, and Hampton.
I spoke with Edmunds (Trey and Terrell’s younger brother) on Sunday night and will have a full update on him out today. Still no scholarship offer yet from the Hokies, but the coaches are definitely interested.
More Recruiting News & Notes
- Virginia Tech men’s basketball hosted St. Vincent-St. Mary’s (Akron, OH) senior guard Jalen Hudson on an official visit this past weekend. The Hokies entered the weekend on a recruiting hot streak, having landed two high school senior commitments — shooting guard Justin Bibbs and wing TJ Lang — over the course of the previous two weeks. The 6’5″, 190-pound Hudson, who is also considering Arkansas and Virginia, among others, is an athletic wing player with a plus ability to get to the basket.
TSL plans to have more with Hudson this week.
- Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.) senior tight end Ryan Izzo revealed on Twitter that he will announce his college choice by Wednesday, September 25. Florida State has been the consensus favorite since the 6’6″, 225-pound prospect took an official visit to Tallahassee the weekend of September 13-15, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see Izzo pick Rutgers, Virginia Tech, or Wisconsin.
Izzo is one of Tech’s top offensive targets left on the board.
- Washington (PA) senior running back Shai McKenzie suffered a torn ACL and will miss the rest of his senior season. McKenzie remains a Virginia Tech target.
The 6’0″, 220-pound back had a stellar high school career, finishing 144 yards shy of the 5,000-yard rushing mark. In addition to Tech he is also considering offers from Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh. I feel his decision will ultimately come down to the Hokies and Panthers.
- Virginia Tech class of 2014 commitment Javon Harrison (ATH, Kathleen HS in Lakeland, FL) took an unofficial visit to the University of Florida this past weekend. The dynamic prospect told GatorCountry.com he remains solid to Virginia Tech, but certainly his recruitment bears watching.