VT Junior Day A Success

Chris Horne, SportsWar Recruiting Analyst, on February 9, 2014
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Virginia Tech’s football program didn’t waste any time turning its full attention to class of 2015 recruiting, hosting a “Junior Day” event today. The event, which was attended by a good amount of Tech’s top targets in the class of 2015, has already yielded at least one verbal commitment.

“Excited to say that I am a Virginia Tech Hokie 2015 DB Commit! Go Hokies❗️#hokies #HOKIENATION,” tweeted H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) class of 2015 cornerback DuWayne Johnson, who attended Saturday’s event in Blacksburg. Johnson later took to Twitter to reveal that he plans to enroll in January of 2015.

There are conflicting reports concerning the possible commitment of Northern Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.) junior cornerback Mook Reynolds to the Hokies, but we know that Reynolds was in Blacksburg and Tech is at least in good position with him.

Regardless of how many commitments there were on the day, Virginia Tech coaches took to Twitter to express their pleasure with the day.

Aaron Moorehead: “Such a special day at Virginia Tech today. Great start to this 2015 class. Had some special young men & their families in all day #hokies”

Bryan Stinespring: “Thanks to the terrific group of prospects and parents that attended our Junior Day! Great day !”

Charley Wiles: “Fantastic JR Day!! Thanks to all the future Hokies for coming #HokieNation”

Judging by the reaction of recruits on Twitter, the coaches had reason to be excited.

Gilman (Baltimore, MD) class of 2015 quarterback/athlete Kai Locksley, a 4-star prospect, tweeted: “Safe to say the hokies will be serious contenders in my recruitment, excellent visit!”

Locksley, son of current Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, boasts offers from many top programs including Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Maryland and Virginia Tech.

Another 4-star recruit, Franklin (Reisterstown, MD) offensive lineman Patrick Allen, tweeted: “Just came from the VT Junior day was really cool !”

The 6’5”, 265-pound Allen boasts many offers including Florida State, Tennessee, USC, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech appears to have made a significant move with Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) offensive tackle Matthew Burrell, a junior with scholarship offers from throughout the nation including Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He tweeted: “Tennessee is next but I LOVED tech! #HOKIENATION”

Clark is one of the state's top offensive line recruits in the class of 2015

Clark is one of the state’s top offensive line recruits in the class of 2015

And finally, Rockbridge County (Lexington, VA) junior offensive tackle Austin Clark tweeted that “It was good to be back at VT!”

Clark, who impressed at Tech’s one-day camp last July and has earned offers from the Hokies and many others, also tweeted a pic of him and four other offensive line recruits, including Burrell. The caption read: “This would be a nasty front 5.”

Yet another line prospect, Derek Brown out of Katy (TX), commented on a picture similar to Clark’s, tweeting: “Future OL/DL?”

Brown also visited the University of Virginia while in the Commonwealth and showed his appreciation to both UVa and Tech.

“Thank you @CoachSWach and @cobrown58 for the EXCELLENT visit. First class programs,” tweeted the 6’4″, 300-pound junior DL/OL. “@CoachSWach” is UVa’s Scott Wachenheim, while @cobrown58 is Cornell Brown.

It is not known where Brown stands in terms of an offer from Tech, but he was invited on Saturday, so certainly he is being seriously considered for one.

More Junior Day News & Notes

– Per BeamerBall.com, around 45 prospects were expected to be in attendance.

– Top in-state junior defensive tackle Tim Settle, a prospect out of Stonewall Jackson (Manassas, VA) with offers from Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and many others. Virginia and Alabama seemed to be the frontrunners for the 6’3″, 310-pound prospect until he attended a game at Tech last fall. The Hokies appear to be a real serious contender for him now.

Ashton White, a cornerback out of Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.), is a Virginia Tech commitment and was in attendance yesterday.

– Stone Bridge (Ashburn, VA) juniors Aaron Crawford (DT) and Tanner Karafa (LB) attended. Per Rivals, Tech has offered Karafa. The Hokies have offered Crawford as well.

Stone Bridge is a school Tech has had success recruiting in the past, landing Ed and David Wang. Current walk-on back-up quarterback Brian Rody is from the Ashburn school as well. Tech missed out on defensive end Jonathan Allen in the class of 2013, though. Allen is at Alabama.

Tremaine Edmunds, a junior tight end/outside linebacker out of Dan River (Ringgold, VA), made his way to Blacksburg yesterday. Tremaine is the younger brother of Trey and Terrell Edmunds, Tremaine is a coveted prospect who boasts offers from Maryland, UNC, UVa and Virginia Tech.

Sterling Johnson, a junior defensive tackle/offensive lineman out of Cleveland High School (Clayton, N.C.), was in attendance. He has offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and others.

– On the class of 2016 front, Virginia Tech has reportedly offered running back CJ Freeman, a teammate of Mook Reynolds. Freeman tweeted: “Good day at VT, really liked the facility and the food too! Haha”

Stay tuned to TSL for more from this weekend’s Junior Day event.

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