Notes: Junior Day Lures Top Talent To Virginia Tech

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National Signing Day for the 2016 Class may have been just three days ago, but Virginia Tech football isn’t taking any time off from the recruiting trail. Justin Fuente and company hosted a Junior Day recruiting event today, and some of the state’s prospects — including defensive end TyJuan Garbutt — made the trek to Blacksburg.

Garbutt made big news when he committed to the Hokies Saturday afternoon. The consensus 4-star wasn’t the only top recruit in town today, however.

CLASS OF 2017

Hokies 2016 signee Tavante Beckett tweeted this morning that he would be in Blacksburg today alongside Virginia Tech preferred walk-on linebacker commit Tre Hubbard and running back Khalan Laborn, who is considered one of the top tailbacks in the nation in the class of 2017.

Laborn, a Virginia Beach native, rushed for 2,228 yards and 32 touchdowns for Ocean Lakes this past season. Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio State and Virginia Tech are currently high on the 5’10”, 205-pound tailback’s list.

Check out Laborn’s Dab below, but then be sure to check out his junior season highlights.

Virginia Tech is in the top five for another top Virginia Beach recruit, Ocean Lakes defensive tackle Eric Crosby. The 6’2″, 295-pound junior revealed his top five schools this past Sunday, naming (in no particular order) NC State, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia Tech and Clemson.

Top defensive end prospect Jordan Williams, a product of Cox High School (Virginia Beach, VA), tweeted the below picture while enjoying the Junior Day festivities. Virginia Tech has offered the 6’5″, 250-pound lineman.

Richmond (VA) area products Rayshard Ashby and Alex Faniel made the trek to Virginia Tech as well. Ashby is a super-productive linebacker out of L.C. Bird (Chesterfield, VA), while Faniel is a 6’4″ quarterback out of Glen Allen High School. Ashby, who tweeted that he “had a great day,” is no. 24 in the picture below while Faniel is no. 9. Atlee (Mechanicsville, VA) sophomore Jebril Murray is in between those two prospects.

Saturday was a good day for Lake Marion (Santee, S.C.) safety/quarterback Davondre “Tank” Robinson, who will be returning home having received a scholarship offer from the Hokies. Virginia Tech is the 15th school to offer the 6’2″, 208-pound junior.

In addition to those listed above, here are some of today’s other class of 2017 visitors we have confirmed so far.

Chris Hunt, DB/WR, 6’1″, 170 pounds, Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA), No Virginia Tech offer

Isaiah Winstead, WR/DB, 6’3″, 190 pounds, Henrico (Richmond, VA), No Virginia Tech offer

CLASS OF 2018

One of the nation’s top class of 2018 linebacker prospects is Teradja Mitchell, who visited Blacksburg today. The 6’3″, 215-pound Virginia Beach native received an offer from the Hokies as a freshman. In fact, Virginia Tech was the first school to offer him a scholarship.

Here are the 2018 Class prospects we have confirmed so far…

Armani Chatman, WR/DB, 6’1″, 170 pounds, Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA), No Virginia Tech offer

Teradja Mitchell, LB, 6’3″, 215 pounds, Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA), VIRGINIA TECH OFFER

Jebril Murray, WR/DB, 5’10”, 170 pounds, Atlee (Mechanicsville, VA), No Virginia Tech offer

Akeem Smith, DT, 6’1″, 290 pounds, Henrico (Richmond, VA), No Virginia Tech offer

Smith tweeted the following picture earlier today.

Dasamir Spriggins, ATH, 6’1″, 165 pounds, Kempsville (Virginia Beach, VA), No Virginia Tech offer

CLASS OF 2019

North Stafford (Stafford, VA) head coach Joe Mangano confirmed to TechSideline.com that Devyn Ford was in Blacksburg on Saturday. An impressive 2015 season has put the speedy tailback/athlete squarely in the recruiting spotlight in only his freshman year, as seven schools — including Virginia Tech — have offered Ford a scholarship.

Mangano says Ford “texted me that he really enjoyed it.”

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