— Jérod Evans (@rodfor6_) December 16, 2015
Wednesday and Thursday have been busy on the football recruiting front, which included the announcement of Justin Fuente’s first recruit signing as Virginia Tech football head coach. After verbally committing to Virginia Tech this past Saturday, Jerod Evans, quarterback out of Trinity Valley Community College (Athens, TX), signed grant-in-aid papers with the Hokies on December 16.
247Sports ranks the 6’4″, 225-pound Evans, who amassed 4,165 yards passing and 772 yards rushing with 61 total touchdowns (52 passing, 9 rushing) in two years at Trinity Valley, as the top junior college quarterback in this class. He chose Tech over offers from California, Central Florida and Missouri.
On Thursday, Virginia Tech announced the signing of six high school senior recruits including Michigan quarterback Joshua Jackson, North Carolina wide receiver Divine Deablo, South Carolina wide receiver Sam Denmark, Virginia wide receiver Eric Kumah, North Carolina defensive end Jimmie Taylor IV, and Florida cornerback Khalil Ladler. Jackson, Denmark and Taylor actually signed in October, while Deablo, Kumah and Ladler inked within the past week.
Kumah, a 6’3″, 200-pound prospect who earned Offensive Player of the Year honors in his conference this season, tweeted his signing last Saturday. Denmark’s decision was in question when he took an official visit to South Carolina this past weekend, but it appears he remains solid to the Hokies. It should be noted, though, that all of these signings are non-binding.
MORE RECRUITING NOTES
– Coffeyville Community College (Coffeyville, KS) wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. signed a grant-in-aid with Boise State yesterday. He had committed to the Broncos in November but took an official visit to Virginia Tech this past weekend.
In light of last weekend’s official visit, Tech seemingly was poised to reel in the 6’3″, 180-pound prospect, a Memphis (TN) native, but barring a last second change of heart it appears he will stick with his original decision.
– Even while committed to the University of Florida, Raines (Jacksonville, FL) defensive end JaQuan Bailey was giving Virginia Tech a serious look. The 6’3″, 225-pound senior has now withdrawn his commitment to the Gators and appears headed elsewhere, with Virginia Tech one of the top contenders.
Hokies defensive line coach Charley Wiles met with Bailey on December 7. One day later, the Sunshine State star announced that he had scheduled an official visit to Blacksburg for the weekend of January 22-24.
Tech isn’t the only school going hard after the ex-Gator recruit. Per Twitter, Tennessee has offered and will host the talented prospect on an official visit the weekend of January 15-17.
Check out Bailey’s senior season highlights below.