MCCLEASE TO NARROW LIST
Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) rising senior tailback Deshawn McClease is getting closer to a decision.
I'm gonna make a legit top 3 real soon
— Clease (@saicko_slim) May 15, 2014
Virginia Tech figures to be one of the three finalists for the 5’10”, 175-pound tailback, who has been to Blacksburg multiple times on unofficial visits. In an interview with TSL on April 26, McClease said the following about Virginia Tech:
“It’s pretty cool. I’ve gotten to meet the whole coaching staff, the other players, and of course I’ve got a relationship with [former Oscar Smith standout JC Coleman] and other players from the 757. I’m pretty comfortable there, but I’m still keeping things open.”
McClease is also considering scholarship offers from Charlotte, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Old Dominion and Wake Forest. NC State and West Virginia are among the schools showing serious interest, but those that have not offered may need to soon to have a chance.
HILL ANNOUNCEMENT APPROACHING
All four of Virginia Tech’s class of 2015 commitments are designated to play on defense. The Hokies could add another defensive commitment on May 27, when Salem (Virginia Beach, VA) defensive end Trevon Hill announces his college choice.
Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest make up the 6’3”, 220-pound prospect’s top five. All five favorites have offered. Hill’s impending decision hasn’t stopped other schools from offering, though, as Kentucky extended an offer earlier this week, but it appears the standout prospect will play somewhere in the ACC.
HOKIES OFFER PAIR OF 2016 QBs
Jawon Pass, a 6’5”, 225-pound quarterback out of Carver High School in Columbus, Georgia, revealed via Twitter this Tuesday that he had received a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech. Multiple outlets also reported that same day that Tech had offered Jonesboro (GA) signal caller Zerrick Cooper.
Just got an offer from Virginia Tech! #Hokies
— Jawon Pass (@Puma_Blessed2) May 13, 2014
Both Pass and Cooper are rising juniors, and both are already approaching double-digit scholarship offers. Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Texas A&M are among the other schools that have offered Pass, while Cooper boasts early offers from Clemson, Kentucky, Miami, Mississippi, NC State, Ohio State and West Virginia.
Click here to view highlights of Cooper, a 6’2”, 200-pound prospect. Check out highlights of Pass below.
The Bullis School (Potomac, MD) star Dwayne Haskins Jr. and Council Rock North (Newtown, PA) standout Brandon McIlwain are two other early class of 2016 quarterback targets of the Hokies. Haskins and McIlwain have been offered by Tech plus many other major FBS programs.
All four of these prospects are considered dual-threat quarterbacks.
HOKIES AWAIT DECISION FROM EGBUNU
Virginia Tech’s men’s basketball program is looking to land its second impact transfer. After landing former Maryland guard Seth Allen last weekend, this week the Hokies hosted 6’10” center John Egbunu, who is transferring from South Florida after one season. Tech is expected to be his final visit.
Florida, Georgetown and Michigan State are the Hokies’ competition for the standout big man, who averaged over seven points and over six rebounds per game as a freshman in 2013/2014. He started 31 of 32 games for the Bulls.
Update: Egbunu has selected Florida