Virginia Tech Recruiting Update: Aug. 15-21

There weren’t any commitments for Virginia Tech, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good week on the recruiting trail. Here’s what you need to know from last weekend.

Hunter visits Virginia Tech, reveals Battle at Bristol uniforms

Devon Hunter, perhaps Virginia Tech’s biggest recruiting target for the Class of 2017, visited Blacksburg on Saturday and got to do something recruits don’t often get to do.

Letting Hunter, a 4-star safety out of Chesapeake, VA., reveal the Battle at Bristol uniforms is a bold recruiting move. There’s no secret that big programs like Alabama and Florida have been pushing hard for Hunter lately, and this move was likely an effort to counter that.

I wouldn’t say that Hunter is a slam dunk for Virginia Tech, even after they let him do something like that, but it certainly has to push Tech back into the top spot. I have a feeling this recruitment isn’t going to be over anytime soon though, so fasten your seat belts.

Also, if you haven’t done so, give us your opinion on the Battle at Bristol uniforms here!

Slade lists Virginia Tech in top five

Ricky Slade, a Class of 2018 running back from Woodbridge, VA., announced his top five schools on Twitter, including Virginia Tech.

Slade is a 5-star prospect and the second-best player in Virginia, only behind Bishop Sullivan’s Teradja Mitchell. Slade did mention in his announcement that schools who have yet to offer him could join the mix, but that he’s currently focused on Florida, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Penn State and Tennessee.

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound back has quite the offer list already, including Ohio State, Clemson, Miami, Michigan State and Nebraska.

Class of 2017 safety lists Hokies in top three

Virginia Tech received some more encouraging news on the trail this week, as 3-star safety Keontae Jones listed the Hokies in his top three schools, along with Indiana and Iowa State.

Jones, who stands at 6-foot-1 and 175-pounds, is from Cincinnati, OH. and has 17 scholarship offers, including Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Maryland and West Virginia.

Tech misses on Crossen, Peters

Two Virginia Tech targets chose other schools this weekend, as safeties D.J. Crossen and Jordyn Peters committed to North Carolina and Auburn, respectively.

Crossen, a 3-star recruit from Greensboro, NC., plays at the same high school as Virginia Tech commit Hendon Hooker, a member of the Class of 2017. Crossen had listed a top-five list, including Tech, East Carolina, Louisville and NC State.

Peters, another 3-star recruit from Muscle Shoals, AL., had 15 scholarship offers, including Duke, Louisville, Michigan, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Yale.

New scholarship offers

Jaelyn Duncan, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive lineman, was the only recruit who reported an offer from Virginia Tech football this week.

Duncan, a 3-star prospect for the Class of 2018, is from Owings, MD. and has five scholarship offers from Tech, Maryland, Penn State, Temple and West Virginia.

Virginia Tech men’s basketball offered two recruits last week. Jermain Harris, a 6-foot-9 forward from Upper Marlboro, MD. Harris’ other offers right now are from Seton Hall, Providence and Rhode Island.

The other is AJ Reeves, a 4-star prospect from Chestnut Hill, MA. Reeves, a shooting guard, stands at 6-foot-5 and 170-pounds. He currently has offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Creighton, Louisville, Providence, Rhode Island and Temple.

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