It was a rough week for Virginia Tech on the recruiting trail. Here’s a recap of what happened this week.
Khalan Laborn commits to Florida State
Laborn rolled up to The Opening, a Nike football camp in in Oregon, in a Lamborghini decked out in Florida State decals and committed to the school a day earlier than he said he would announce.
— President4Kay™ (@Khalan2012) July 9, 2016
Laborn’s commitment to the Seminoles was no surprise, but the fashion in which it was done was. Speculation had Laborn heading to Florida State for weeks. Missing out on Laborn means the Hokies will likely intensify their pursuit of Jalen Holston, a 3-star running back from Georgia. He has named Virginia Tech his leader.
Garbutt decommits, lists Hokies as leader
In one of the more shocking moves this week, 4-star defensive end Tyjuan Garbutt reneged on his commitment to Virginia Tech.
VT is still my leader!! pic.twitter.com/mLHejnxnv2
— 4️⃣ (@tyjuangarbutt4) July 6, 2016
Garbutt was really the top get so far in the ’17 class for Virginia Tech. Losing him knocks the class down a peg or two. Garbutt has said Virginia Tech is still his leader, but more often than not recruits don’t commit to a school they previously decommitted from.
Garbutt has 19 scholarship offers, and is being pursued by schools such as Pittsburgh, Georgia, Michigan State and North Carolina.
Hokies targets descend on The Opening
Laborn wasn’t the only Virginia Tech target to participate in Nike’s The Opening at their headquarters in Beaverton, Or. In total, seven prospects attended the event who are considering the Hokies.
Williams, a 4-star defensive end, has listed Virginia Tech in his top four, along with Clemson, Tennessee and Virginia.
Hunter, a 4-star safety from Chesapeake, Va., was one of the top performers at the camp.
— Brian Stumpf (@Stumpf_Brian) July 9, 2016
The Hokies are widely considered the favorite to land Hunter. Getting him in this class would be a big boost for Virginia Tech in the 757 area, especially after missing out on Laborn. Hunter told 247Sports that Virginia Tech holds a slight lead over Clemson right now, and that he plans on committing sometime before Christmas.
Also on that list is 3-star cornerback Donovan Johnson, who has listed the Hokies in his top four as well. Johnson told Scout.com that four of his five official visits will be to Virginia Tech, Arizona, Penn State and West Virginia.
Caleb Chandler lists Virginia Tech in top six
Chandler, a 3-star offensive lineman from Jefferson, Ga., decommitted from Iowa State last week.
Doing what's best🙏🏽💯 pic.twitter.com/3jeU8rrFDo
— Caleb Chandler (@calebchandler28) July 5, 2016
Miami offered Chandler after his decommitment, but Chandler says he looks forward to visiting Virginia Tech.
Hokies offer two basketball prospects
Virginia Tech offered scholarships to Jordan Wright and Kevin Samuel for the Class of 2017.
Wright, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fl., doesn’t have many basketball offers, but does have quite the offer list for football. Wright has 29 offers overall for football, from schools like Miami, Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma.
For basketball, Wright has offers from San Francisco, Florida International and Binghamton, along with Virginia Tech.
Samuel, a 6-foot-10 forward/center from Houston, Tx., has offers from Virginia Tech as well as Baylor, Houston, Nebraska, Texas and UCLA.
Alexander-Walker, Marshall make a splash at Under Armour All-America camp
Alexander-Walker, a Virginia Tech commit for the ’17 class, led all players in scoring at Under Armour’s camp, averaging 21.3 points. Naji Marshall, a 4-star guard from Maryland, was third in scoring with 18.7 points per game.
Marshall would be a terrific get for Buzz Williams and the Hokies, to pair alongside Alexander-Walker. Marshall, who has 12 scholarship offers, visited the Hokies in late May and is also considering Xavier and Pittsburgh.