Kayl Petersen Commits To Virginia Tech

Megan Duffy and Virginia Tech picked up a commitment from Kayl Petersen on Monday. (Ivan Morozov)

Virginia Tech and Megan Duffy picked up a commitment from Kayl Petersen Monday afternoon. A top-100 recruit in the 2024 class, per ESPN, she’s the second addition for the Hokies since Duffy was appointed on April 5, joining Leila Wells.

Like Wells, Petersen is a high school prospect who signed with Duffy’s Marquette program in the fall. She becomes the third member of the Tech’s 2024 recruiting class, joining Wells (5-9) and Myah Hazelton (6-4).

A 6-foot forward from Waupun, Wis., the No. 68 player in ESPN’s HoopGurlz 100 averaged 17.7 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.3 blocks and 2.0 steals per game as a senior. She was a 1,000-point scorer, a state champion, a three-time East Central Conference Player of the Year and an all-state player at Waupun.

Petersen has a long-standing relationship with Duffy from her recruitment process at Marquette. An in-state talent who lives just over an hour north of Milwaukee, she committed to the Golden Eagles on a visit on Oct. 22, 2022, and officially signed her letter of intent on Nov. 8, 2023.

“We have watched Kayl win a high school state championship and solidify her place as one of the top players on the Nike EYBL circuit with Wisconsin Flight Elite,” Duffy said of Petersen when she signed with Marquette in November. “Her versatility and skill set continues to grow each year. … Fans will love her blue-collar work ethic, relentless rebounding and ability to score inside and out.”

Petersen was the fourth of five top-100 prospects from the Badger State in ESPN’s rankings, a group highlighted by UConn signee Allie Ziebell, the No. 7 player in the class.

She reported offers from Bradley, Green Bay, Minnesota, Toledo and Xavier.

Petersen’s addition gives the Hokies nine scholarship players for the 2024-25 season, meaning they currently have six open spots. Here’s a breakdown:

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  1. Great! Now we need an experienced center and a young one to take over the spot later.

  2. Nice addition – maybe the rebuild will not take as long as I thought. Looking forward to next season.

    1. Very good addition

      We need some bigs and some beef. Teams that have a6-4 center at 170 lbs will spell trouble for this team.

      Kenny had the same problem, no beef

  3. Most telling pull-quote:

    “Her versatility and skill set continues to grow each year. … Fans will love her blue-collar work ethic, relentless rebounding and ability to score inside and out.”

    Those are the attributes Duffy (and therefore this staff) values the most: versatility, player development, work-ethic and effort, rebounding, ability to score inside and out. I think they want to check off all these boxes with all their recruits/players. Even the guards.

  4. A Top 100 recruit commit? I’ll gladly take it and say, “MORE!” Would love to get one of the very capable bigs from C-USA champ MTSU but I don’t know if there is any interest on their part in leaving that well-coached team for VT.

    1. Great Article. What was the purpose of your post….. She looks like a true winner to me….

    2. Hope you at least chose a good Anejo tequila instead of the junk stuff before writing this idiotic post.

  5. Great addition! Any word on White, the 6’5″ decommit from Kentucky. Let’s see if Jen Hoover can reel her in! Then we would be ready to rock ‘n’ roll!

    1. White is another freshman. Would prefer experience, if if a couple inches shorter. Our team is good, but already quite young.

    2. Hey, anything that we can do to hurt Kentucky, is 100% OK with me!! I’m still hoping Kenny Brooks crashes and burns at UK!

  6. Wow. Nice addition. Easy to say the player would be automatic to follow Duffy but the recruiting still must occur.

    1. Not really “easy”… she is from just down the road from Marquette. Shows how powerful coach relationships are for these kids.

      1. Agreed. My guess is this required a lot of effort and faith in the coaching staff. I think our current players – all affable, friendly, talented, smart – also help quite a bit.

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