Decisions on the Horizon

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With 22 commitments already in the fold, the Virginia Tech staff doesn’t seem to have a whole lot left to worry about with respect to filling the 2007 recruiting class. But while most of the class is filled, there certainly are some key targets still remaining on the board. That list, however, could be shortened by a few within the coming weeks.

At this time, only one target has set a press conference for the near future. Jay Smith , the 6-3, 200-pound wide receiver recruit out of Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Virginia, is scheduled to announce his decision at a press conference at Lake Taylor at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Smith’s finalists are, in alphabetical order, Clemson, Miami, N.C. State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. This site still believes the decision will come down to N.C. State or Virginia Tech, but we’ll know on Wednesday barring a schedule change.

Smith may not be the only prospect set to make a decision soon. Varina (VA) prospects Bud Tribbey could announce decisions as well, and the Hokies are also right in the thick of things with these two recruits.

Jackson, an athletic and talented 6-4, 230-pound defensive end/linebacker recruit, made his fifth and final official visit this past weekend. He traveled to Florida State, which offered a scholarship to Jackson just a few weeks ago. Jackson has also taken official visits to Boston College, Louisville, N.C. State and Virginia Tech. Clemson is also in the mix as well.

At this point, N.C. State is the only team not seriously in contention. We expect Virginia Tech to be one of the top two or three finalists here, although a favorite is not clear.

Tribbey, a 6-0, 288-pound defensive tackle, is scheduled to head to Syracuse this upcoming weekend for an official visit. He has already been to Virginia Tech. The Hokies and the Orange are the finalists for the talented tackle.

TSL will be on hand at Smith’s press conference on Wednesday. Stay tuned as well for the latest on Jackson and Tribbey and any possible decisions.

A Division 1A program can enroll a maximum of 25 players into a given class. Two of Virginia Tech’s 25 commitments do plan on enrolling in January, which would give the Hokies two more spots in the 2007 class. Those players could count towards the 2006 or 2007 class.

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