In this “Countdown To Signing Day” feature, I’ll let you know where we are in the recruiting process, where Virginia Tech’s class of 2015 stands in terms of rankings, and what storylines to follow this weekend.
A Contact Period is in effect until February 1, which is a Quiet Period. A Dead Period takes place from February 2-5. During the Contact Period, coaches can make in-home visits with prospects. Prospects can make official visits to schools during the Contact and Quiet periods, but they cannot visit schools or meet with coaches during a Dead Period.
National Signing Day is Wednesday, February 4.
Virginia Tech’s Class of 2015
Seven recruits – Adonis Alexander (S), Xavier Burke (TE), Austin Clark (OL), Carson Lydon (LB), Yosuah Nijman (DE), Mook Reynolds (CB) and Tyrell Smith (OL) – enrolled earlier this month. Virginia Tech currently has 16 verbal commitments who are expected to sign on February 4.
Tech’s class is ranked no. 18 nationally by Rivals, no. 23 in the nation by ESPN, no. 25 in the nation by 247Sports, and no. 34 in the nation by Scout. All except Scout count Virginia Tech as having 23 recruits. Scout does not include Xavier Burke and Tyrell Smith, who signed with the Hokies in 2014 but needed a postgraduate semester before enrolling.
Storylines To Follow This Weekend Of January 23-25
– Despite being a Virginia Tech commit, Houshun Gaines, a defensive end out of Nash Central (Rocky Mount, N.C.), took an official visit to Vanderbilt last weekend. He will be at Tech this weekend and is currently scheduled to take an official to UVa the last weekend in January. I would be surprised if Gaines makes that trip to Charlottesville, as I’m guessing he will firm up his commitment to Tech after this weekend. We’ll find out for sure in the coming days.
– Fellow Virginia Tech commitments Chris Cunningham, Coleman Fox, Harry Lewis and Deshawn McClease are set to make their officials to Tech this weekend. Several took to Twitter to express their excitement (“Flashy” would be McClease).
Official visit to Tech this weekend
— Flashy (@saicko_slim) January 19, 2015
– Atlantic (Delray Beach, FL) defensive end target Shelton Johnson has taken official visits to Virginia Tech and Michigan. The 6’5″, 220-pound senior is scheduled to go to Miami this weekend for his next official. He’ll then head to perceived favorite Florida State the final weekend before National Signing Day.
Johnson, who had 25 sacks his senior season, would be a big-time get for the Hokies. 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions all favor FSU right now, however.
Ohio State and North Carolina reportedly offered Johnson this week and are vying for that fifth official visit spot, if the all-state standout decides to use it.