Virginia Tech has their work cut out for them in the Class of 2018 when it comes to offensive line recruiting. The Hokies hold a commitment from one lineman so far, but have missed on some of their top targets. As of now, there are only a couple targets left on the board. One of those? Jovaughn Gwyn.
Jovaughn Gwyn is a 6-foot-2, 294-pound offensive lineman from Charlotte, N.C. He’s rated as a 3-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports. Gwyn holds over a dozen scholarship offers, mostly from Power 5 programs. Duke, NC State, Kentucky, Louisville and West Virginia are the some of the most notable offers.
Even though Virginia Tech doesn’t have a ton of remaining offers out to offensive linemen, at least those linemen, like Gwyn, look good on film. Gwyn plays multiple positions on the line for Harding University High School, and also plays defensive line. He moves very quickly for being nearly 300-pounds, and seems to have a quick first step. Gwyn plays with a certain controlled aggression that you like to see with offensive linemen at the high school level. He’s good with his hands and looks very impressive as a run blocker.
There is basically no film available of Gwyn as a pass blocker, so it’s hard to evaluate him as pass protection. That could easily be a product of Harding not throwing the ball much, which is common in high school. Also, Gwyn tends to run and block tall sometimes, instead of staying low and using correct leverage. With his size and ability in the run game, Gwyn should fit well as a guard at the college level.
Virginia Tech joined the Gwyn sweepstakes rather late in the process, offering on May 16. However, the Hokies have been able to make an impression in that short amount of time, and should earn a visit from Gwyn in the near future. If the Hokies are able to get Gwyn on campus this summer, it would help them jump to Gwyn’s top group, which currently consists of Duke, South Carolina and NC State.
Gwyn is one of the only offensive linemen left on the target board. Other linemen have committed elsewhere, while many of the uncommitted linemen have eliminated Virginia Tech from contention.
Gwyn, Rasheed Walker and Jordan McFadden are the linemen that Virginia Tech has a decent-to-good chance of landing. Rasheed Walker is expected to visit the Hokies in late-July, while McFadden has Virginia Tech in his top-4. If the Hokies can land two of these three targets, it would go a long way in adding to the overall talent in their Class of 2018. If Virginia Tech were to land all three, fans would rest pretty easy at night.