Top Prospects Heading To VT This Weekend

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The Virginia Tech football program has two more recruiting-related events to host before preseason practice takes the stage. Both events take place this weekend.

A “Cookout” recruiting event takes place on Saturday and will be followed by a one-day camp on Sunday. TSL will be on hand for coverage of Sunday’s one-day camp, so be sure to check out the Recruiting Board throughout the day for any news and notes.

Saturday could be an exciting day. Top recruiting targets are expected to be in Blacksburg, and some commitments could come Virginia Tech’s way. Here are some of the visitors we have confirmed so far, and we’ll be sure to pass along any other visitor news as we get it.

EXPECTED VISITORS

JaQuan Bailey, DE, Raines (Jacksonville, FL)

Bailey is currently a Florida Gators commitment. Virginia Tech offered the 6’3″, 230-pound prospect in May, and the fact that he plans to visit shows he is seriously interested. He also visited Louisville last weekend.

Tavante Beckett, LB, Indian River (Chesapeake, VA), Class of 2016

Beckett told TSL recently that Virginia Tech is now back in front for his signature. He is also considering offers from Wisconsin and ECU, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he went ahead and committed to the Hokies this weekend.

Tahj Capehart, WR, Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA), Class of 2017

Capehart is one of the top rising junior wide receiver prospects in the state. Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State and Tennessee are among the schools that have offered so far.

Eric Crosby, DL, Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA), Class of 2017

Another top prospect out of Ocean Lakes High School. Quite simply, Crosby is a beast on the defensive side of the ball. Virginia Tech, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia and Ohio State are some of the early offers for Crosby, who plans to visit Ohio State today before heading to Blacksburg.

Sam Denmark, WR, Hanahan (S.C.), Class of 2016

Denmark told TechSideline.com recently that he is 100-percent solid in his commitment to the Hokies. He plans to enroll at Tech in January of 2016.

Zack Gilbert, DE, South Mecklenburg (Charlotte, N.C.), Class of 2016

Gilbert, a 6’2″, 250-pound defensive lineman, has a top five of Duke, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Devon Hunter, ATH, Indian River (Chesapeake, VA), Class of 2017

With scholarship offers from all across the country, the 6’1″, 205-pound Hunter is one of the most coveted rising junior prospects in the state.

Patrick Jones II, DE, Grassfield (Chesapeake, VA), Class of 2016

The 6’5″, 230-pound defensive end would be a nice in-state addition to a class devoid of a defensive end right now. Jones is also a teammate of top class of 2016 wide receiver target Grant Holloway.

Patrick Kearns, OL, Darlington (Rome, GA), Class of 2016

Virginia Tech is one of the finalists for Kearns, who plays offensive tackle for his high school but showed well in an all-star game at offensive guard. A commitment alert here as well.

Brock Miller, LB, John Carroll (Fort Pierce, FL), Class of 2016

Virginia Tech made Miller’s top 8, which also consists of Boise State, Cal, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi State, NC State and Virginia. Miller visited NC State yesterday, is currently at UVa, and plans to be in Blacksburg tomorrow.

Phillip Patterson, WR, Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA), Class of 2016

Duke, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are the top contenders for the 6’2″, 185-pound Patterson. Tomorrow is huge for Virginia Tech, which may be Patterson’s final visit before announcing his commitment on August 1.

Chrishon Springs, LB, East Forsyth (Kernersville, N.C.), Class of 2016

Springs tweeted that he plans to be at Tech tomorrow. The 6’1″, 205-pound prospect does not appear to have an offer at this point.

Mike Tverdov, DE, Union (N.J.), Class of 2017

Tverdov tweeted that he will be participating in VT’s camp on Sunday. Good size at 6’4″, 225 pounds.

Jaquan Yulee, LB, Indian River (Chesapeake, VA), Class of 2016

Yulee is an Alabama commit making the trek down to Tech with teammates Beckett and Hunter. I believe he remains solid in his original pledge to the Crimson Tide, but it doesn’t hurt to get him back on campus.

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