As November nears, Class of 2017 recruits are starting to narrow things down to their final schools. One of those is Devon Hunter, Virginia Tech’s top target. We’ll discuss Hunter and other recruiting news in this update.
Before we jump into this week’s recruiting update, if you’re a subscriber and haven’t read my breakdown of Virginia Tech’s pass catchers for the Class of 2017, you can read it here.
Hunter narrows to five schools
It’s been no secret that Virginia Tech has made Devon Hunter their top target for the Class of 2017. He’s the No. 1 player in the state and he narrowed his remaining schools to five on Sunday.
— Devon Hunter (@devonhunter11) October 31, 2016
There aren’t many surprises here, but I wasn’t expecting Auburn to be in the group. Nonetheless, I think this is really a top-three. Virginia Tech, Florida and Alabama are the most likely options, from what I can tell. Something to keep in mind is Hunter’s relationship with Torrian Gray, former Tech defensive backs coach and current defensive backs coach at Florida. Gray recruited Hunter to Tech before his departure this offseason. Zohn Burden has since taken over the lead role in Hunter’s recruitment.
Hunter is probably still a Virginia Tech lea, but never count your chickens before they hatch. It’s not clear how long of a recruitment this could be.
Wade visiting for Georgia Tech game
Shaun Wade, a 5-star corner from Jacksonville, FL., will be taking an official visit to Virginia Tech on Nov. 12 for the Hokies’ game vs. Georgia Tech.
Wade is currently committed to Ohio State. Tech and Alabama are among the schools getting official visits, along with Ohio State. Another school in the mix for Wade is Florida, who is pushing for him to decommit from Ohio State. Fans shouldn’t expect a flip with Wade, but the fact Tech is able to get an official visit with one of the better players in the country is a good thing.
Shivers headed to Auburn
Shaun Shivers, a running back from Hollywood, FL., announced his commitment to Auburn last week.
Shivers is a 3-star back and had an offer from Virginia Tech. Shivers has a solid offer list, including schools like Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Syracuse, TCU, Utah and West Virginia.
Shivers was one of a few running backs Virginia Tech has targeted so far for the Class of 2018. Ricky Slade is likely the top target, along with Jaelen Gill.
Two new football offers
Class of 2017 defensive end Kofi Wardlow and Class of 2019 athlete Hakeem Beamon both received offers this past week.
Wardlow, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound recruit from Washington, DC., visited Virginia Tech for the Miami game and things went well enough for the Virginia Tech coaching staff to extend an offer. Wardlow is unranked according to 247Sports, but has offers from 19 schools, mainly from small-time programs. His biggest offers include Maryland, Army and Pittsburgh.
Wardlow is likely one of Tech’s backup options at defensive end, should the Hokies whiff on some of their top targets. Virginia Tech is currently going after Tyjuan Garbutt, Nathan Proctor and Bobby Roundtree at defensive end.
Beamon is currently unranked by Rivals, but is just a high school sophomore at the moment. He’s 6-foot-4, 235-pounds and plays at Lloyd C. Bird in Chesterfield, VA. Beamon’s only other offer at this point is from North Carolina.