Virginia Tech football now has eight commitments in the class of 2016. The newest pledge is 6’0″, 200-pound athlete Reggie Floyd, a product of Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, Virginia.
Floyd revealed his decision via Twitter this evening.
Assuming he follows through with his commitment, Floyd will be the third Stonewall Jackson recruit to sign with Virginia Tech in as many classes. Greg Stroman, who showed promise in his freshman year at Tech, signed with the Hokies in the class of 2014. Nationally recruited defensive tackle Tim Settle inked with Virginia Tech in the class of 2015.
North Carolina, West Virginia, Wake Forest and Old Dominion also offered Floyd, a versatile athlete who plays running back and safety for the Raiders. Floyd mentions “DBU” in his tweet, which seems to be an indication that he’ll play in Torrian Gray’s secondary, but he is a talented running back as well. He emerged his sophomore season, rushing for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns en route to earning second-team all-region honors.
Virginia Tech offered a scholarship to Floyd following its one-day camp in June of 2014. Tech was the first to offer the promising prospect, who ESPN ranks as a 4-star recruit and 247Sports and Rivals have as a 3-star player.
Of Tech’s eight 2016 Class commits, two – Floyd and Hampton QB/ATH JoVonn Quillen Jr. – hail from the state of Virginia. Quarterback Logan Byrd, wide receivers Sam Denmark and Conner ODonnell, and cornerbacks Kareem Felder, Troy Pride Jr. and Myles Wolfolk have committed to the Hokies as well.
Chris Coleman’s thoughts
Let’s take a look at the running backs who are eligible to be on Virginia Tech’s roster in 2017, when Reggie Floyd will be a r-freshman (assuming he redshirts in 2016)…
Marshawn Williams: Sr.
Shai McKenzie: Sr.****
Travon McMillian: r-Jr.
DJ Reid: r-Jr.
Deshawn McClease: r-So.
Obviously there are asterisks next to Shai McKenzie’s name for a reason. We have no idea how his legal situation will work itself out. Marshawn Williams will be a senior. Travon McMillian and DJ Reid will be juniors. For the 2016 class, we really need a running back so that we can build depth at that position for the 2017 season and beyond. That’s one reason I would slot Floyd at running back.
The other reason is that I believe he is a talented runner. He has good speed, and he has the frame to be a bigger back at around 215, I believe. He is physical as well. I really like his long-term potential as a running back. Tech could very well land CJ Freeman at running back as well, but I like Floyd just as much.
That said, he is also a very good defensive back prospect, and I believe the early thought process is that he’ll play safety. However, that can change based on need. See Trey Edmunds as an example. Plus, Tech is in a position to sign another big and talented defensive back class in 2016 to go along with the big one that they signed in 2015.
All that is a moot point right now, however, as I believe Floyd wants to play defensive back. He loves Tech’s success rate with defensive backs and their ability to put them in the NFL. Either way, he’s a very good prospect with excellent size and a good frame, and I’m a big fan of his game.