Now that Virginia Tech has finished up their Class of 2017, the Hokies can now turn their focus on next year’s targets. Over the next month or so, we’ll take a look at some of the Hokies’ biggest targets for the Class of 2018. First on the list is 5-star defensive end KJ Henry.
Henry has already been recruited and offered by several elite programs. He’s rated as the 20th-best player in the country by the 247Sports Composite and has 26 scholarship offers. Of those 26 offers, 23 are from Power 5 programs.
Henry plays for West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, NC., which is just outside Winston-Salem. In fact, West Forsyth is just two hours away from Blacksburg. This area, along with the greater Charlotte area, are two regions the Virginia Tech staff will continue to recruit from in order to grow the Hokies’ talent base.
There’s a reason Henry is rated as a 5-star prospect. At 6-foot-5 and 217-pounds, he has elite-level athleticism for a defensive end. His speed and agility allow him to run sideline to sideline and make plays from the back side. He’s very well-coordinated and also plays receiver. He’s a unique blend of size and athleticism and with a year in a college weight room, he could easily be 240-pounds. That would make him a perfect fit in Virginia Tech’s defensive scheme.
Henry is by no means the only defensive end target for Virginia Tech in the Class of 2018. The Hokies are also pursuing guys like Brenton Cox, John Morgan and Andrew Leota. Morgan could play either defensive end or tight end for the Hokies.