Talk about a busy week on the recruiting trail. Here’s what you missed when it comes to Virginia Tech recruiting.
Interview with C.D. Hylton’s John Harris
I had the opportunity to speak with John Harris, an assistant coach at C.D. Hylton High School, where 2018 target Ricky Slade is from. If you’re a subscriber and missed this story, you can read it here.
Plenty of visitors for the East Carolina game
Here are the reported visitors for last weekend’s game vs. East Carolina.
Class of 2017 — linebackers Louis Acceus and Rayshard Ashby, athletes Malik Willis and Caleb Farley, tight end Drake Deiuliis, quarterback Patrick McClure and wide receiver Tahj Capehart
Class of 2018 — athletes Bryce Thompson and Tre Turner, defensive end KJ Henry, defensive tackle Rick Sandidge, running back Marcus Caldwell and cornerback Naim Muhammad
Class of 2019 — cornerback Tayvion Land and wide receiver Jacoby Pickney
Of that list, Ashby, Willis, Farley, Deiuliis, Capehart, Thompson and Land are all committed to Virginia Tech at the moment.
Acceus is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound recruit from Montvale, NJ. He’s currently ranked as a 3-star prospect with 17 offers, including Maryland, NC State and North Carolina. If Virginia Tech is still heavily recruiting him, it’s likely as a safety, not as a linebacker. Virginia Tech already has three commitments at linebacker for the ’17 class.
McClure is a 2-star quarterback from South Carolina. He’s teammates with Thompson at Ben Lippen School in Columbia. McClure has a walk-on offer from Virginia Tech.
Henry is a 5-star prospect from Clemmons, NC. He’s rated as the 21st-best prospect in the country according to the 247Sports composite rating and is being recruited by several elite-level programs, including Clemson, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee.
Turner is a 4-star prospect from Greensboro, NC. He has 17 scholarship offers at this point, including North Carolina, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Sandidge, another North Carolina recruit, is rated as a 4-star prospect and the third-best player in the state. Sandidge also is being recruited by several good programs, including Alabama, North Carolina, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State and Tennessee.
Virginia Tech Hauls in Three Basketball Commitments
The Hokies landed three commitments last week, all from North Carolina. Kobe Langley, Keyshaun Langley and BJ Mack all announced their commitment for the Class of 2019.
The Langleys are twins from High Point, NC. Kobe is rated as a 3-star prospect and the 112th best player in the ’19 class, according to 247Sports. Keyshaun is also rated as a 3-star, but slightly behind his brother as the 116th best player in the class. Kobe is a 6-foot-1, 150-pound point guard and Keyshaun is a Keyshaun is a 6-foot, 140-pound point guard.
Mack is another 3-star commitment from Charlotte, NC. At 6-foot-7, 250-pounds, Mack is rated as the 117th best player in his class. His only other offer at this point is Georgia.
Basketball hosts Bede, Perry
While picking up commitments, Virginia Tech also hosted Class of 2017 prospects Wabissa Bede and De’Vondre Perry, as well as 2017 commit Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
Bede, who had an in-home visit from the entire Tech staff in early September, took his official visit this weekend. Virginia Tech has been trending in the right direction, but their biggest competition at this point is most likely Butler.
Perry’s visit also counted as an official visit. Perry named a top three of Virginia Tech, Kansas State and Temple after his visit to Blacksburg
Top 3 🤐 pic.twitter.com/qHCIRWzpuN
— Dre Perry 2⃣2⃣ (@Dreperry22) September 25, 2016
Virginia Tech also seems to be trending in the right direction with Perry. We’ll see how it plays out.
Hafiz decommits from Iowa State
Quran Hafiz, who was a cornerback target for Virginia Tech in the ’17 class, announced his decommitment from Iowa State on Twitter.
Decided to take another look into my recruitment and decommit from Iowa St. God has a plan 🙏 Just trust the process pic.twitter.com/1Kn9HSoWcN
— Quran Hafiz ❗❕ (@__Quran4) September 19, 2016
Hafiz may or may not have been influenced by Iowa State’s less than stellar start, as the Cyclones are just 1-3 to start the season. Virginia Tech was in Hafiz’s top group before he committed to Tech, but it doesn’t seem like he’ll be taking an official visit to Blacksburg. The Hokies might have moved on from Hafiz.
Stokes picks up Virginia Tech offer
Eric Stokes, a 6-foot, 170-pound recruit from Covington, GA. picked up an offer from the Hokies.
Stokes can play running back and defensive back, and it’s unknown which position Virginia Tech is recruiting him for. Stokes is rated as a 3-star recruit and he has 17 scholarship offers, including Florida, Louisville, LSU, Missouri and Ole Miss.