Virginia Tech has turned their full recruiting attention to the Class of 2018 and a position they’ll need to address is on the offensive line. An in-state solution to that problem is Nana Asiedu.
Asiedu is a 6-foot-6, 265-pound recruit out of North Stafford High School in Northern Virginia. He’s a high-end 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite, and is the 11th-best offensive tackle in the ’18 class. He’s also rated as the third-best player in the state of Virginia, behind only Ricky Slade and Teradja Mitchell.
With those accolades come big-time offers. Just about every football powerhouse worth it’s salt is after Asiedu. If you don’t believe me, just look at this top ten.
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— Nana ❗️ (@BigNana_) February 7, 2017
In case you don’t feel like scrolling to the end, here it is: Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Penn State, LSU, North Carolina, Auburn and Virginia Tech. Does it get much more star-studded than that?
Overall, Asiedu has 23 scholarship offers and there could easily be more if a school like Alabama or even some of the West Coast schools get involved.
I know what you’re thinking. “Well, he’s definitely headed out of state. Look at those offers!” Well, you aren’t crazy. Asiedu has tons of big-time offers, and the odds are in favor of him going elsewhere. However, Virginia Tech can sell a couple of things.
There is an immediate need at offensive line for Virginia Tech. The Hokies lost two starters to graduation this season (Augie Conte and Jonathan McLaughlin) and will lose two more after this season (Wyatt Teller, Parker Osterloh). Also, Asiedu is teammates with 2019 target and likely 5-star prospect Devyn Ford, who holds Virginia Tech in very high regard.
The first thing that jumps out when you watch Asiedu play is his athleticism. He’s very agile for his size and even catches passes for North Stafford. Asiedu finishes blocks and because of his athleticism, gets to the second level with ease. He tends to rely on his size when blocking smaller defenders and can stand up too much sometimes, but that’s easily fixed with solid coaching.
Virginia Tech needs to push hard with Asiedu. If you take a look at the Virginia top-5, you’ll see that most of them are likely headed out of state. Once a Tech lean, Ricky Slade is committed to Penn State. Teradja Mitchell has heavy interest in Florida State. Florida is the favorite for K’Vaughan Pope. Asiedu and James Mitchell seem to be Virginia Tech’s best chances at landing a top-5 recruit from Virginia.
The Hokies are recruiting other offensive linemen as well. Tech is after Jalil Irvin, Avery Jones, James Ohonba and Antwan Reed. All of those recruits are 4-star prospects that could instantly add talent to Tech’s offensive line. Virginia Tech is also recruiting John Harris, who looks to be a Tech lean.