There is some conflicting information out there; however, it appears as though 6’6″, 215-pound shooting guard/small forward Ty Outlaw plans to continue his college career at Virginia Tech.
Mark Allen is an assistant coach at Person High School (Roxboro, N.C.), where Outlaw graduated from before spending one year at UNC-Greensboro and then this past year at Lee College, a junior college in Texas. Allen posted the following message on Instagram last night (click here to view the message directly)…
Congrats bro on your new chapter in life. The road to success in life is never a straight a one. Nobody has given you anything since the day I met you before your 8th grade year. You have stayed loyal and worked hard for everything you’ve accomplished thus far. You’ve taken the negatives and naysayers and used it as motivation to show where you truly belong. I’m extremely happy and proud of you for who and where you are today. Hokie Nation is getting a special player and even better kid. Today I become the biggest Virginia Tech fan there could possibly be! Go get ’em and hello ACC! Love you and proud of you!
In what certainly seems to be an acknowledgement of his college plans, Outlaw replied to the post with the following…
Thank you bro you know I had to do it for the haters and make my family proud, I’ll always remember where I come from and never forget where I’m going, I love you bro @coachmark3
And then there is Kelly Snow, Sports Editor of the Roxboro Courier-Times, who also reported the commitment. Snow cited the Person High School coaches as well when he originally reported the news (click here for his original tweet), and then he replied to 247Sports and JucoRecruiting to emphasize that Outlaw was indeed committed.
— Kelly Snow (@KellySnow_CT) May 13, 2015
The conflicting information comes from Lee College assistant coach Marcus King, who told Brad Winton of JucoRecruiting.com that Outlaw had not yet committed to the Hokies. Winton is a very solid source for junior college basketball recruiting information.
Ty Outlaw has not committed Virginia Tech, per Lee College assistant Marcus King. They are a strong contender, but not committed yet.
— Brad Winton (@JucoRecruiting) May 13, 2015
Given King’s information, it’s tough to say with 100-percent confidence that everything is a done deal at this point. Given Outlaw’s response and the news coming from his hometown, it certainly appears as though he plans to be in Blacksburg next season.
In 30 games at Lee this past season, Outlaw averaged 21.8 points, five rebounds and one assist per game. He made 50.2-percent of his field goals including 43.5-percent of his shots from beyond the arc. Outlaw made 75.2-percent of his free throws, as well.
Outlaw has two years of eligibility remaining following his time at UNC-Greensboro and Lee. As Virginia Tech’s roster is currently set, though, there no scholarships remaining for the 2015/2016 season. Therefore, if Outlaw does sign, expect to hear that a current player is leaving the Hokies.
Outlaw took an official visit to Virginia Tech the weekend of April 17-19. Fellow junior college recruits Deshawn Freeman and Johnny Hamilton also visited that weekend. Hamilton has since signed with Virginia Tech, while Freeman ultimately chose Rutgers.