BASKETBALL RECRUITING: CHAUCA VISITING BLACKSBURG
Class of 2014 point guard Brandon Chauca, an Alexandria (VA) native who attends 22 Feet Academy (Greenville, S.C.), is en route to Virginia Tech for an official visit. The 5’9” prospect is also considering an offer from Washington State.
Early morning road trip to Blacksburg, w/ Matty Ice, excited to visit Buzz Williams and the Virginia Tech Hokies!
— Brandon V Chauca (@bchauca10) May 3, 2014
Check out Chauca’s senior season highlights below.
FOOTBALL RECRUITING: THOMAS DALE UPDATES
Thomas Dale (Chester, VA) is a high school Virginia Tech is very familiar with, having signed Desmond Frye in 2012, DJ Reid in 2013, and now CJ Reavis in 2014. In addition, former Knight Quinton Taylor also came to Tech as a recruited walk-on in 2012.
Knights head coach Kevin Tucker took some time to provide the latest on Reid, top class of 2015 defensive tackle target Darvin Taylor II, and more.
6’2”, 285-pound Darvin Taylor II has become one of the nation’s most coveted defensive tackle prospects in the class of 2015. Taylor, who would like to make a decision on August 28, has visited numerous schools but has yet to narrow his list.
“He’s still pretty wide open. He doesn’t have a top 10 or even a top five yet. He has a few schools he likes, but he hasn’t put any order to them,” Tucker said. “The schools he is leaning towards right now have communication majors and then he would minor in business. Anywhere with those types of programs are his favorite. Football is a huge part, but he is really looking into his education.”
“Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Tennessee, Notre Dame are some of the schools he has mentioned,” said Tucker, who reiterated that Taylor has not definitively narrowed his list of schools just yet.
Taylor has visited Virginia Tech several times. This spring and summer, look for the star prospect to travel to schools he has not yet seen.
“He has told his dad and I he wants to try to visit places he hasn’t been to yet,” Tucker said. “He has been to places like Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech, but he wants to visit places like Tennessee. He may possibly visit Purdue and Notre Dame, but he said that could change. Distance could play a factor. Stanford just offered, but he went home and talked with his mom and dad and they decided it was too far away.”
DJ Reid originally signed with Virginia Tech in February of 2013, while he was at Thomas Dale. The 6’1” running back/athlete headed to Fork Union Military Academy (VA) for postgraduate work last fall but returned home this past January. According to Coach Tucker, Reid is hopeful of enrolling at Tech in July.
“He should be there for the July session,” Tucker said.
Right now Reid is “working out a lot,” Tucker said. “He’s up to about 235 pounds and still running a 4.4, 4.5-second 40. He looks like a beast. He looks the part.”
Class of 2016 prospect Robert Snead has not yet received an offer, but he is generating an awful lot of FBS attention according to Tucker. The 6’8”, 295-pound offensive tackle started all 11 games on Dale’s varsity squad his sophomore season.
“Everybody is taking info and watching film,” Tucker said. “He started all 11 games for us last year.”
6’1”, 220-pound rising senior Marco Carrabotta is generating college interest as well. It’s not clear what level he could end up playing on in college, but he is expected to be an important player for Dale this coming season.
“Marco is picking up some steam,” Tucker said. “All of the 1-AA schools have been by recruiting him. Towson, William & Mary, Richmond and ODU are taking a sharp look at him. He tore his ACL last year. He was our leading tackler, receiver… he was the MVP of our team. The injury unfortunately caused him to be out for most of the season. He played wide receiver and strong safety/walk-up linebacker. We also played him at standup end, kind of like a James Harrison type of deal.”
Virginia Tech has been busy extending scholarship offers this week. Specifically, on the class of 2016 front. Here are three confirmed offers the Hokies have extended…
– Trevon Diggs, WR, Wootton (Rockville, MD), Class of 2016
Diggs is the younger brother of Maryland dynamo Stefon Diggs. Check out his highlights by clicking here.
– Brandon McIlwain, QB, Council Rock North (Council Rock, PA), Class of 2016, Click here for highlights
– Naseir Upshur, TE/DE, Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia, PA), Class of 2016, Click here for highlights
On the class of 2015 front, Northside (Roanoke, VA) offensive lineman/defensive tackle Chance Hall tweeted that he met with coaches from five schools this week. All five of those schools have offered.
— Chance Hall (@Chance_A_Hall) May 2, 2014
Wide Receiver DJ Moore, a teammate of the aforementioned Upshur, tweets that Tech is interested in him as well. The standout rising senior has offers from Maryland, Northwestern, Rutgers and Virginia, among others. Virginia Tech has not yet offered.
Me And @NaseirUpshur Talking To Virginia Tech
— ACE♠️ (@DjMoore23) May 1, 2014
And Trinity Christian (Jacksonville, FL) linebacker Victor Alexander tweeted the following. Alexander remains a UCLA commitment but Tech has offered there is still some mutual interest there.
— Victor Alexander II (@vwayne006) May 1, 2014