Kenji Christian Commits To Virginia Tech

Kenji Christian
Kenji Christian committed to Virginia Tech.

Kenji Christian
Running Back, Class of 2021
Pinson Valley High School, Pinson, AL
6-2, 200

Virginia Tech picked up a verbal commitment on Monday afternoon from Alabama running back Kenji Christian.  He is the 20th commitment of the 2021 recruiting class for the Hokies.

Christian is a big running back at 6-2, 200.  He is ranked the No. 36 running back overall and the No. 22 prospect in Alabama by 247Sports.  He chose the Hokies over Power 5 offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Tennessee, West Virginia, Utah, Virginia and Washington State.  He eventually picked the Hokies over Ole Miss despite having never visited the Blacksburg camps.

Christian is the third running back commitment of the 2021 class, joining Malachi Thomas and Chance Black, though Black could also play wide receiver at the college level.

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  1. Kenji is big, strong and quick. I loved his commitment video. Looking forward to seeing him play for the Hokies.

  2. I really like this kid! Great burst, power, moves, and hands. Welcome aboard, Kenji!

  3. Good looking back. Has a nice burst one he gets in the hole. Should play at 210 or 215.
    Really like him. Be nice to get him playing early. I have not given up on King and Tahj Gary Though.
    They are talented as well. The RB room is looking nice

  4. One of the things I look for when watching high school RB videos is how willing are opposition DB’s to come up and hit the RB in the open field. In this young mans video it looks like these other teams know he’s a load and aren’t real keen to tackle him. Of course that’ll change when he gets to that first practice in Blacksburg. This young man looks very promising! I’m excited to see how he will do. GO HOKIES!!!

  5. This is from the Washington Post Oct. 7, 2000:
    Suggs came to Virginia Tech at 179 pounds, and though he was always elusive, he lacked power. When thrust into the starting job this spring after Stith chose to forgo his final year of eligibility in favor of the NFL draft and Kendrick was declared academically ineligible, he knew that had to change. So Suggs worked tirelessly in the weight room, bulking his 6-foot frame to 207 pounds. He also increased his speed, setting a record for Virginia Tech tailbacks in the 40-yard dash at 4.27 seconds.

    My takeaway: He probably didn’t really run a true 4.27, but freshman backs also develop. So if Kenji is this big and fast as a HS journal, that’s promising.

  6. Did anyone notice him playing slot? I think this young man has a number of impressive attributes.
    And check out his sophomore season highlights. There are several of him playing kickoff on D and he’s got a gunner instinct in him. Once again, 3 stars but the film is very impressive. I like our new Alabama Hokie!

  7. Power, speed, vision, uses his blockers well. Now if he only had David Wilson’s balance.

  8. Wow. You better pack a lunch when you come tackle this kid. Physical runner, looking to bust somebody!

  9. Welcome aboard, Kenji. Reminds me a little of Lee Suggs. Hope he is close to as good a back as Lee was.

    1. Like his style, hard nosed but also has some moves. But at 4.58 – 40, he’s no Lee Suggs. Suggs ran 4.28 but let’s give him a little time and see.

        1. agree- back in those days you could add a tick to a tick and a half to our hand times, except for Vick and maybe KJ when he was a freshman and lighter.

        2. If you can find the 40 times from when Suggs was there, I think you will find VIck, Suggs and Andre Davis all ran 4.28.

          1. Courtesy of

            “1998: Redshirted while practicing at tailback … Improved in all four major lifts in the strength and condition winter program … Turned in the second-best 40 time on the team during spring testing with a clocking of 4.32 seconds … Missed the majority of spring practice after breaking his hand …”

            Courtesy of the Daily Press out of Newport News….


            “Suggs, whose uncle Carter was a junior national sprint champion, has clocked 10.4 seconds in the 100 meters and 20.8 in the 200 outdoors. He finished second in the 200 at a national indoor prep track meet in Boston in March.”

            Not definitive but regardless…fast.

            I’m a PH grad from Roanoke who had already finished at Tech and moved to Maryland before Lee’s Maroon & Orange career started but shortly after Tech I realized quickly that Lee was legendary around Roanoke and the Va area. He also happen to date my future sister in law who was a Highschool Cheerleader ….. so I paid a good share of attention to Lee’s HS and College years and saw him live often…….I recall Suggs was very fast.

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