Virginia Tech fans are likely more focused on the Hokies’ game vs. Georgia Tech this weekend, but recruiting is a 365-days-a-year industry. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to Virginia Tech recruiting.
Wade making an official visit to Virginia Tech
Shaun Wade, a 5-star corner from Jacksonville, FL., will make an official visit to Blacksburg this weekend for Virginia Tech’s game vs. Georgia Tech.
Wade is ranked as the fourth-best corner for the Class of 2017 and the 20th-best player in the nation overall. Wade is committed to Ohio State at the moment, and there’s no suggestion he’ll be changing his mind. However, you never know until papers are signed in February. Don’t count on it though.
Other official visitors for Georgia Tech
There are a few more notable visitors for the Hokies’ game on Saturday:
Tariq Castro-Fields: Virginia Tech needs more depth in the secondary for the ’17 class, and Castro-Fields could help there. He’s a 4-star recruit and has 15 scholarship offers. If his Alabama offer is a committable one, then they’ll be the likely favorite. If not, Tech will be in contention with Maryland and Penn State.
Brelin Faison-Walden: Here’s a guy who could either play safety or backer for Virginia Tech. At 6-foot-1, 200-pounds, he could slide over into the whip/nickel role, or play safety. Either way, Faison-Walden is currently committed to Penn State, but it isn’t as solid as the Nittany Lions would like.
Tyran Hunt: The Hokies desperately need more offensive linemen for the Class of 2017. Hunt, a 3-star from Courtland, VA., could be the guy. Hunt was really high on Virginia Tech, but things have seemed to cool down in the last couple of months. Getting Hunt on campus is good news for the Hokies, who are battling with Duke, Virginia and Wake Forest for Hunt’s commitment.
Becton takes official visit to Michigan
Mekhi Becton visited Michigan last weekend for the Wolverines’ drubbing of Maryland.
Becton, along with Hunt, is one of Virginia Tech’s top targets on the offensive line. Some saw Becton’s visit to Michigan as a chance to commit, but it’s good news for Tech that didn’t happen. Becton has yet to decide when he’ll make an official visit to Virginia Tech, but he’ll assuredly make one.
Fans should also note that Virginia Tech is starting to move on Brock Hoffman, a 2-star center from Statesville, NC. Hoffman will play center at the next level. He’s currently committed to Georgia Southern, but Virginia Tech might be able to change that with a late play.
New scholarship offers
Virginia Tech football made two new scholarship offers last week.
Christian Ford: Ford is a Class of 2018 wide receiver from Roswell, GA. Ford, currently unranked, is teammates with Virginia Tech commitment Malik Willis. The Hokies are Ford’s only scholarship offer at this point. Ford is 5-foot-10, 170-pounds.
Gaberiel Fuster: Here’s a name to keep an eye on. Fuster is a Class of 2020 linebacker at Bishop Sullivan High School in Virginia Beach, VA. Fuster is currently teammates with Tahj Capehart and Tayvion Land, both Virginia Tech commitments.
He’s too young to be ranked, but extending an offer this early to Fuster could put Virginia Tech in a good position down the road. Right now, Fuster is listed at 6-foot, 215-pounds.
Virginia Tech basketball also extended two scholarship offers.
Donnie Tillman: Tillman is a 6-foot-7, 225-pound small forward from Findlay Prep in Nevada. He’s rated as a 3-star recruit for now and has 12 scholarship offers, most notably from Utah, Boston College, Creighton, Iowa State, Marquette, San Diego State, UNLV and USC.
Earl Timberlake: Timberlake is a 6-foot-5, 175-pound forward for the Class of 2020. His only three offers at this point are Kansas State and Penn State, as well as Virginia Tech.