Quillen Picks VT (Updated)

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Virginia Tech got good news on Thursday night when Hampton (VA) High School quarterback JoVonn Quillen Jr. made his commitment.

It didn’t take the 6’2″, 190-pound junior long to accept the scholarship offer he received the first week in February. He grew up a huge Hokie fan, after all.

“My childhood dream was to play in front of the Hokienation,” Quillen said in a TSL update on February 18. He also considered an offer from Old Dominion.

Reached through Twitter this evening, Quillen echoed his earlier sentiments.

Virginia Tech is “my dream school. I always knew I was gonna go there,” Quillen wrote in a Twitter message this evening. “Marshawn (Williams) and Tyrod (Taylor) had a big effect on it. Two people coming from my old school going to the school I wanted to go to, I knew I could do the same.”

What does it feel like to realize his dream of attending Virginia Tech?

“It’s great,” Quillen wrote. “I still can’t believe I committed.”

Williams, who is a freshman running back at Virginia Tech, is Quillen’s cousin. Williams played at Hampton High three seasons before transferring to Phoebus for his senior season. Taylor of course starred at Hampton before moving on to Virginia Tech and then the NFL.

Quillen averaged around 227 yards of total offense per game and scored over 20 touchdowns as a sophomore in the 2013 season, which was his first as a starting quarterback on the varsity level. He totaled over 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards passing while scoring over 30 touchdowns for the 7-4 Crabbers this past season as a junior.

Quillen, who is being recruited as a quarterback, is Scot Loeffler’s second quarterback commitment for the 2016 recruiting class. However, Bud Foster is also eying him for the defensive side of the ball.

Virginia Tech now has seven commitments in the class of 2016, including two quarterbacks (Quillen and Logan Byrd), two wide receivers (Sam Denmark and Conner ODonnell) and three cornerbacks (Kareem Felder, Troy Pride Jr. and Myles Wolfolk).

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  1. OMG…5:08 GREAT block to spring Quillin. Recruit that kid too. Just a great open field block. Wayne Ward trophy candidate right there…

  2. CC / CH, how many commits did we have on 3/1/14? We’re they basically same caliber as these recruits? It seems a lot for this early?

    What is pctg of commits per avail scholarships for 16? Thank you! You are the experts…

  3. Welcome to VT!

    I know it’s a highlight video, but it would have been nice to see a few slants, outs, screens. Keep your eyes down field when scrambling and work on your WR bubble screen passes. We do a lot of those…..

  4. He looks like a RH MV to me. Quick release in his throwing motion and a good burst of speed to the hole and around the corners. I think his stock will go up as a QB. He seemed to thread the needle a couple of times in close coverage but those plays can hurt you at the next level. Next season should be very interesting to him. Great pick up.

    1. Welcome MVIII/Tyrod Taylor clone!! How can you say he’s not a QB going forward, dude looks unbelievable in this video. I’m totally psyched to have him as a QB possibility in the next few years. Look out! This one might be the ONE!!

    2. Huh? No way you can say that especially from that video. He showed touch on the deep ball, quick feet, speed and durability as a dual threat, and threw some nice passes rolling to his left and right. His throwing motion is a little wonky and long and I’d like to see him throw a few slants and square outs but for a Junior QB he looks darn good. He’ll 100% get his shot at QB at least his freshman year. Whether he floats to another position will depend on his initial development and our needs.

    3. Agreed….likely another Carlis Parker or Travon McMillian, but many of those types turn out pretty valuable contributors (e.g. Kam, Morgan, Macho, etc)

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