DECISIONS COMING TOMORROW FROM QB HENDON HOOKER, LB ELLIS BROOKS
Dudley (Greensboro, N.C.) quarterback Hendon Hooker, who lists Virginia Tech as one of his finalists, will announce his commitment Thursday at 4 p.m. In addition to the Hokies, the 6’4″, 190-pound junior is also considering Missouri, NC State, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh.
Prior to Hendon Hooker‘s announcement we’ll hear from Benedictine (Richmond, VA) junior linebacker prospect Ellis Brooks, who will reveal his college choice Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (Update: Brooks committed to Duke.)
— Eric Kolenich (@EricKolenichRTD) March 23, 2016
Rivals.com reports that Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame, Virginia and Virginia Tech are the finalists for the 6’2″, 230-pound prospect. 247Sports’ Crystal Ball feature predicts Duke to be the pick. If the latter comes to fruition, Ellis would be the second top Benedictine prospect in the past two classes to commit to Duke, which signed wide receiver Scott Bracey in 2016.
Lafayette (Williamsburg, VA) juniors Hezekiah Grimsley and Knowledge Wallace visited Virginia Tech this week. The Hokies have offered Grimsley (pictured left in the photo below), a wide receiver/returner prospect who has five scholarship offers in total.
— Knowledge Wallace (@757KBreezy) March 23, 2016
SCHOLARSHIP OFFER UPDATE
Coach Fuente and company extended some new scholarship offers in the class of 2017 and class of 2018 within the past week or so. Here is the rundown…
2017 CLASS OFFERS
CJ Cotman, ATH, Clearwater Central Catholic (Clearwater, FL)
The competition is steep for 4-star athlete CJ Cotman, who boasts over 20 FBS scholarships including Florida, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, and now Virginia Tech.
Leroy Henley, WR, Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Henley tweeted earlier today that Virginia Tech has now offered. The Hokies join numerous other suitors for the 6’1″, 185-pound junior.
Kalil Pimpleton, ATH, Muskegon (MI)
According to TheDZone.net, Virginia Tech offered Pimpleton today. This would be the first major FBS offer for the 5’7″ athlete. Tech has also reportedly offered Muskegon junior linebacker Andrew Ward.
James Robinson, WR, Lakeland (FL)
6’4″, 200-pound wide receiver James Robinson has received offers from Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and Penn State since March 17.
Billy Ross, OL, Huntington (W.V.)
Schools from the ACC, Big 10, Big 12 and SEC have offered scholarships to the 6’5″, 285-pound junior.
2018 CLASS OFFERS
Dakereon Joyner, QB, Fort Dorchester (S.C.)
The 6’1″, 180-pound signal caller received a scholarship offer from a Steve Spurrier-led South Carolina program the summer before his freshman year. He then impressed as a freshman before leading his team to a 15-0 record and a 4A state championship crown this past season as a sophomore. Joyner threw for 303 yards and three scores in a title game romp.
Virginia Tech is the 10th school to offer the talented sophomore.
Dillon Spalding, WR, South County (Lorton, VA)
Virginia Tech is the second school to offer the 6’3″, 215-pound sophomore. The first was Tennessee, which came through on March 2.
Casey Thompson, QB, Southmoore (Moore, OK)
Coach Justin Fuente headed back to his Oklahoma roots to offer Thompson, the All-Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year. The 6’0″, 185-pound signal caller threw for 2,670 yards with 32 touchdowns and only four interceptions this past season as a sophomore. He added 1,011 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns.