Virginia Tech Recruiting Update: July 11-17

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Justin Fuente at the 2016 Virginia Tech Spring Game (photo by Ivan Morozov)

It was a relatively quiet week in regards to big news, but both Virginia Tech football and basketball offered a lot of recruits. Here is your recruiting update from last week.

Wrapping up another Justin Fuente Football Camp

Head Coach Justin Fuente hosted another camp this past weekend, this time in Blacksburg. There was a decent sized list of attendees, and some of them were offered by the Hokies.

Safety D.J. Crossen and athlete Bryce Thompson from the Class of 2018 were both offered this weekend, as well as offensive lineman Doug Nester and wide receiver Jacob Pinckey from the Class of 2019. Defensive end Zion DeBose and offensive lineman Dmitri Emmanuel from the Class of 2017 and running back Ronnie Walker from the Class of 2018 were also in attendance, but did not receive a scholarship offer.

Other football offers

Class of 2018 safety/linebacker Alan Tisdale and athlete Ken Montgomery, Class of 2020 defensive tackle Altrique Barlow  and Class of 2017 defensive back Kenny Bennett were also offered scholarships.

Class of 2017 wide receiver visits Blacksburg

Justin Shorter, a four-star wide-out from Monmouth Junction, NJ, visited Blacksburg last week on July 11 for the first time in his recruitment.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound receiver has 16 scholarship offers right now, including offers from Penn State, Rutgers, Boston College, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.

Virginia Tech basketball stays active in recruiting period

Newly-extended Buzz Williams and his staff have taken advantage of this July recruiting period, offering 11 different recruits in just the past week:

Class of 2017: SF De’Vondre Perry, G Darryl Morsell, PG Lavar Batts, SG Jordan Davis, SF Daniel Mading, PF Hasahn French, F J.P. Moorman

Class of 2018: SF Nassir Little, G Devon Dotson

Class of 2019: G Tyger Campbell, PF Armando Bacot

Class of 2020: PF Isaiah Todd

Perry has 10 offers so far, with three of those coming from Power 5 schools. He’s been recruited by Maryland, NC State and West Virginia as well, but has yet to receive an offer from those schools.

Morsell, from Baltimore, MD.,  has 12 offers, from schools such as Cincinnati, Kansas State, Maryland, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh.

Batts, a Concord, N.C. native has eight scholarship offers. 247Sports lists NC State as the favorite to land Batts, although the Wolfpack have yet to offer him a scholarship.

Davis, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Irmo, SC, has 16 scholarship offers, including Miami, Cincinnati, Xavier and Butler.

Mading, one of just two big men offered for the ’17 class last week, is a 3-star recruit who has already committed to Arizona State. Virginia Tech was Mading’s first offer since he committed to Arizona State.

Correction: Mading decommitted from Arizona State in late June, according to

French, the other big man offered this past week, is a 3-star power forward from New York. French has a whopping 25 offers. His notable offers include Arizona State, Cincinnati, Kansas State, Marquette, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall, Temple and VCU.

Moorman, the 6-foot-7 forward from Greensboro, NC, is a 3-star recruit with 12 offers. Virginia Tech is Moorman’s first Power 5 offer.

Both Little and Dotson for the Class of 2018 are 4-star prospects who are being recruited by big-time programs. Little has 10 offers so far, including Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Stanford and Virginia. Dotson has been offered by 14 schools, including North Carolina, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, NC State, Tennessee and Wake Forest.

Campbell, just a rising sophomore in high school, has offers from Michigan State, Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, Ole Miss, TCU, Tennessee and UNLV. Bacot, at 6-foot-8 and 225-pounds, plays for Trinity Episcopal in Richmond, VA.

Todd is the first offer for Virginia Tech in the 2020 class. Todd, from Richmond, VA, already stands at 6-foot-8 and has seven scholarship offers. including Penn State, Baylor, UCF and Wake Forest.

Tverdov commits to Rutgers

Tverdov, a 3-star defensive end, committed to Rutgers last week.

Tverdov is another defensive end off the board for the Hokies. Virginia Tech lost their commitment from 4-star recruit Tyjuan Garbutt last week, and will have to wait for August 6 to see if in-state 4-star recruit Jordan Williams will commit to Virginia Tech.

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Jaylen Griffin on his first visit to Virginia Tech with Head Coach Justin Fuente. He’ll visit again this weekend.” width=”900″ height=”506″ /> Jaylen Griffin on his first visit to Virginia Tech with Head Coach Justin Fuente. He’ll visit again this weekend.

Hokies hosting five recruits on July 23

Virginia Tech will host offensive lineman Aiden Brown, lineman Tyran Hunt, linebackers Rayshard Ashby and Jaylen Griffin and cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields this coming weekend on July 23.

Brown stands at 6-foot-3 and 277-pounds and has 16 scholarship offers. Virginia Tech is his only Power 5 offer.

Hunt, who could play on either the defensive line or offensive line, is a 3-star prospect with 15 offers. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound lineman is being recruited by Virginia, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Duke, Marshall, Maryland, NC State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Vanderbilt.

Griffin, a 3-star linebacker, decommitted from California on June 22 after being offered by Virginia Tech on June 7. Griffin has 18 offers, and named Virginia Tech, California, Boston College, Colorado State, East Carolina and Louisville as his top remaining schools.

Castro-Fields, a 6-foot-1, 173-pound defensive back from Maryland, is listed as a 3-star recruit and has 14 offers. Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State and Virginia Tech are his top remaining schools.

Ashby, a 3-star recruit from Chesterfield, VA, has already committed to the Hokies.