We have received signed grant-in-aids from Jackson, Denmark, and Taylor. Glad to officially welcome these guys to Virginia Tech! #Sandman16
— BeamerBall (@Beamer_Ball) October 29, 2015
Denmark, a 6’0″, 180-pound wide receiver out of Hanahan (S.C.), is rated a 4-star prospect by ESPN and a 3-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout. The reigning Group AAA state champion in the 100 and 200 meters boasts outstanding speed and says the Tech coaches plan to give him a look as a returner on special teams.
Denmark has averaged over 20 yards per catch his junior and senior seasons. He is in the midst of a successful senior season, which included a monster game against Timberland (highlights below).
ESPN also ranks Joshua Jackson, a 6’2″, 200-pound quarterback out of Saline (MI), a 4-star recruit. 247Sports, Rivals and Scout rank the standout signal caller as a 3-star.
After helping Saline to the Division 1 state championship game in 2014, Jackson has guided the Hornets to an undefeated regular season in 2015. He is dual-threat signal caller who ESPN’s Gerry Hamilton describes as an “accurate passer with a lot of skill.”
Boston College, Minnesota, Oregon State, Syracuse, Utah and West Virginia are among the other schools that offered.
Jackson’s father was a long-time assistant coach at the University of Michigan.
Taylor, a star at Southwest Onslow (Jacksonville, N.C.), is currently Virginia Tech’s only sure-fire defensive end prospect in the class of 2016. The consensus 3-star recruit also considered scholarship offers from Duke, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, NC State and Tennessee, among others.
“As good as he is now, I think he still has a lot more potential in him. He has size, speed, and athleticism. Most guys that big may not move as well and most guys who are as speedy as him are smaller,” Southwest Onslow head coach Charlie Dempsey said of the 6’3″, 225-pound Taylor in this TSL Pass article posted in August.
The above three recruits are not expected to be the only early enrollees for Virginia Tech. In fact, seven members of Virginia Tech’s class of 2016 — including the above three — have said they plan to enroll in January of 2016.
A grant-in-aid does not bind a recruit to a school, so any of the three prospects could still head elsewhere. Clearly, though, at this point their intention is to be in Blacksburg for the spring semester.