Over the course of the next few days, be sure to check out our “TSL Recruiting Blog” feature for the very latest on Virginia Tech football recruiting in the days leading up to National Signing Day. We begin the coverage on Sunday, January 31.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31
Today is the final official visit day for all FBS-level recruits before National Signing Day. The Hokies hosted many recruits on official visits, including previous Tech commits Tavante Beckett, Emmanuel Belmar, Silas Dzansi, Thomas Jarrett Hopple, T.J. Jackson, Patrick Kearns and JoVonn Quillen Jr., as well as Tech targets JaQuan Bailey, Coney Durr, Tomon Fox, Jarrod Hewitt and Chase Pine.
Virginia Tech started Sunday off right with a commitment from 6’2″, 290-pound defensive tackle Jarrod Hewitt of Venice (FL). Hewitt originally committed to Rutgers but backed off of that decision last fall, paving the way for Virginia Tech to ultimately land the standout prospect over Iowa State.
— Five -Five (@HewittJarrod) January 31, 2016
The Herald-Tribune Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, Hewitt finished the 2015 season with 105 tackles, 62 of which were solo efforts, and 10 sacks. He is the second defensive tackle recruit Virginia Tech has landed in this class of 2016, joining Woodgrove (Purcellville, VA) all-state selection Clay Dean.
Check out Hewitt’s senior highlights below.
Tomon Fox, a 6’3″, 230-pound defensive end/linebacker recruit, has been a North Carolina commitment since last June; however, this final weekend before National Signing Day he decided to give Virginia Tech a closer look.
Fox is a teammate of current Virginia Tech commitment Emmanuel Belmar. Flipping Fox, a Rivals.com 4-star recruit, from ACC-rival UNC would be sweet on many levels, but it would also help Hokie fans forget the loss of top linebacker target Keith Simms, who announced yesterday that he was headed to Oregon. Simms was a clear top target of Virginia Tech’s.
BAILEY SEEMS LIKELY TO JOIN CLASS
Nothing really ever surprises in recruiting; however, if Raines (Jacksonville, FL) defensive end JaQuan Bailey does not commit to Virginia Tech, that may qualify as one. Here are some of the tweets from the 6’3″, 245-pound senior this week.
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— JaQuan BaiLey #9 (@j_bailey9) January 27, 2016
— JaQuan BaiLey #9 (@j_bailey9) January 31, 2016
— JaQuan BaiLey #9 (@j_bailey9) January 30, 2016
The former Florida commit is down to Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Iowa State. I think he picks the Hokies, but we’ll find out for sure on February 3.
MARYLAND OR VIRGINIA TECH FOR PIGROME?
Clay-Chalkville (AL) senior quarterback/athlete Tyrrell Pigrome took an official visit to Virginia Tech Wednesday through Friday of this week before going to Maryland Friday through Sunday. Clay-Chalkville head coach Jerry Hood told TSL this afternoon that the 5’11”, 190-pound prospect will discuss his college possibilities tomorrow with his parents.
Pigrome took an official visit to Tulane earlier this month. One of his high school teammates, A.J. Walker, committed there this afternoon, but I believe the decision likely will come down to the Hokies and Terrapins.
TSL Pass subscribers can read my full update on Pigrome on the TSL Pass Recruiting Board by clicking here.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1
A few notes to start off Monday…
– GatorCountry.com reports that Raines (Jacksonville, FL) wide receiver Rick Wells is a solid commitment to the University of Florida. Wells took official visits to Virginia Tech and Florida this past week. Click here to view the report.
– Pitt reporter Harry Psaros tweets that Lafayette (Williamsburg, VA) linebacker Chase Pine is a solid commit to the Panthers after making an official visit to Virginia Tech this past weekend. Pine has gone back-and-forth with his decision, especially in the past few weeks, so I still think Panther fans won’t feel 100-percent comfortable until a signed letter of intent is in hand.