Virginia Tech confirmed their nine early enrollees on Tuesday as classes started for the spring semester, allowing those players to get a headstart in the program.
The Hokies confirmed the following recruits have enrolled for the spring semester: quarterbacks Hendon Hooker and AJ Bush, linebacker Aundre Kearney, athletes Caleb Farley, Dalton Keene, Kalil Pimpleton and Terius Wheatley, offensive lineman Silas Dzansi and punter Oscar Bradburn.
Hooker is one of Virginia Tech’s biggest commitments for the Class of 2017. The 6-foot-4, 204-pound quarterback was a 3-star recruit from Dudley High School in Greensboro, NC. Hooker had quite the offer list, including schools like Oregon, Notre Dame and West Virginia.
Hooker will likely be able to redshirt due to the presence of Bush, a 6-foot-4 JUCO-transfer from Iowa Western Community College. Originally enrolled at Nebraska, Bush played in 10 games at the JUCO level, completing 45.6 percent of his pass attempts for 602 yards.
Kearney is the only defensive player to enroll for the spring semester. The Jacksonville, FL. product is another 3-star recruit with offers from North Carolina, South Florida, Miami and others. Kearney translates to the “backer” position in Bud Foster’s defense. Kearney is one of three linebackers committed for the Class of 2017. Rayshard Ashby and Jaylen Griffin will join the team in the offseason.
Farley could impact Virginia Tech’s offense in multiple ways. A quarterback in high school, Farley’s athleticism and size (6-foot-3, 180-pounds) could also allow him to play at wide receiver. Farley was a 3-star recuit.
Keene is another hybrid player that could play tight end, receiver or H-back, depending on the situation. Keene is a 3-star recruit out of Littleton, CO. He stands at 6-foot-5, 225-pounds and has a versatile skill set. He should fit well in Justin Fuente’s offensive system.
Wheatley is another player who could impact either side of the ball. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound recruit played this last semester at Fork Union Military Academy. Wheatley is the son of Tyrone Wheatley, who was the running backs coach at Michigan before taking the same job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Dzansi has a chance to make an impact right away on the offensive line. Originally from C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, VA. Dzansi is 6-foot-6, 300-pounds and is one of the only offensive line commitments that will join the team before next season. Aiden Brown and Christian Darrisaw are the Hokies’ only commitments on the line to this point for the 2017 class.