Virginia Tech Football Signs Xavier Chaplin, Daequan Wright, and Devin Alves

Devin Alves Virginia Tech
Devin Alves committed and signed this week, and he looks like a good late pickup for Virginia Tech. (graphic by Malcolm Stewart)

Virginia Tech Football signed three more recruits today to round out their 2022 recruiting class to 24* total signees. The three signees consisted of two long-time commitments — OL Xavier Chaplin and TE Daequan Wright — as well as newly-committed ATH Devin Alves, who verballed to the Hokies yesterday and signed today.

Editor’s note: For those curious about the difference between Tech Sideline’s number (24) and Tech’s number (23) of signees, “there’s a military component to defensive lineman Malachi Madison’s scholarship that allows him to count as a walk-on,” per Mike Niziolek of the Roanoke Times in late January. TSL will continue to list the Hokies with 24 signees for the 2022 class.

As of the time of this writing (2 p.m., Feb. 2, 2022), Virginia Tech’s 2022 recruiting class is ranked No. 32 in the nation and No. 5 in the ACC in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. This represents a significant improvement from the 2021 class (No. 44 nationally, No. 10 ACC) and the 2020 class (No. 76 nationally, No. 14 ACC). The Hokies’ average player ranking per 247Sports has risen from 84.98 in 2020 to 85.12 in 2021 and to 86.28 this year.

For complete information on all of Virginia Tech’s signees at the 2022 recruiting class, be sure to check out our updated Signing Day Central page.

Our Take on Virginia Tech Signees Chaplin, Wright, and Alves

Please enjoy these brief videos released on Twitter, where we discuss each of today’s signees and show some highlight clips.

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  1. I like the honesty that Pry addresses the recruiting part with. He was talking about a certain very large tackle in the PC and he said that he and Joe “had their doubts” about his body type and conditioning.

    After the in home visit from Joe those issues were cleared and now Joe is viewing the height and natural weight and an elite factor to be developed in the development program.

    Remember the guy who we signed from Maryland who was a bit too stout and didn’t impress during summer camp? we quit on him and did not come up with a reinforcing development plan. He quit on us subsequently and ended up starting on defense for UCF a demonstratively better program the past few years.

  2. 👀 Alves 👀

    And I thought there was no such thing as a hidden gem anymore! I’m sure he’s raw but he seems to have a great combo of size and agility. I really wasn’t expecting anything to get excited about today but after watching his film, I’m pumped!

  3. Why do football folks even use there term TE anymore?
    Sure do like the idea of a 6-3 DB but it has to be asked – is he really 6-3?
    Any chance the 355 guy could be a NG on D? An immovable object in the middle is really good thing to have.

  4. Guys I don’t have Twitter out of protest but those videos are straight money. So awesome to watch you guys grow in real time!

    1. I have a feeling that he may be on a ROTC scholarship too and if the military is paying all or part of his tuition, etc., then he could be a walk-on for athletics and therefore no athletic scholarship is in play….maybe, I dunno

  5. Will/Chris, love the little clips and commentary……
    quick, concise, informative……very cool!

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