At its February 6 Junior Day event, Virginia Tech landed a commitment from Riverbend (Fredericksburg, VA) 4-star junior defensive end TyJuan Garbutt. The Hokies are set to host another Junior Day tomorrow, and another consensus top 10 in-state prospect — Indian River (Chesapeake, VA) athlete Devon Hunter — plans on attending.
Going to Virginia Tech this weekend with the family #GoHokies
Gaining a commitment from this talented junior would certainly have Tech well on its way toward making the “STATE-ment” it hopes to make in Virginia in the first full recruiting class of the Justin Fuente era. At this point there are no indications that the 6’1″, 205-pound star is close to a commitment, but Virginia Tech will have its chance to impress.
We have confirmed the following prospects will be joining Hunter in Blacksburg tomorrow. We’ll add to the list as we get more names, and we will provide updates as they come throughout the weekend.
– A trio of Chancellor (Fredericksburg, VA) junior prospects, including quarterback Jason Brown, wide receiver E.J. Jenkins and defensive tackle George Brown Jr. If Tech offers any of these prospects this weekend, the likely recipient would be Jenkins. The Tech staff, however, may wait until the spring and summer for further evaluation of all three.
– Also planning to attend is Spring Valley (Huntington, W.V.) offensive lineman Riley Locklear, whose recruitment has been absolutely blowing up the past few weeks.
Virginia, Syracuse, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Cal, Tennessee offered so far this week. UNC, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Miami, West Virginia, Florida State offered last week, and FAU and Marshall offered previously.
Given how the 6’6″, 285-pound prospect’s recruiting is going, I’d be surprised if he didn’t leave Virginia Tech with an offer.
– Dominion (Sterling, VA) defensive lineman/offensive lineman Tommy Christ, a 6’5″, 255-pound junior who boasts offers from Maryland, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia. No offer from the Hokies as of yet.
Christ’s brother, Matt, is a freshman walk-on offensive lineman for the Hokies. He has an uncle who played college football at Rutgers.
– Class of 2017 quarterback Matt McKay will make three ACC visits this week. First up is a trip to NC State and that will be followed by trips to Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh. The 6’4″ signal caller totaled 3,589 yards of offense (2,403 yards passing) and 46 total touchdowns (29 passing, 17 rushing) last season as a junior.
Of the three schools he is visiting this weekend, only Virginia Tech has not yet offered.
– Fellow North Carolina native Chase Monroe, a linebacker out of Davidson Day, plans on attending as well. The 6’2″, 220-pound junior has offers from Kentucky and Mississippi State, among others.
– Basketball recruiting-wise, Corey Evans reports that Virginia Tech hosted class of 2017 point guard Markell Johnson on an official visit last weekend for their game with Florida State.
Johnson, who is listed anywhere from 6’0″ to 6’1″ and weighing in at 170 pounds, is a consensus 4-star recruit out of East Technical (Cleveland, OH). He is also considering offers from Dayton, DePaul, Florida, Louisville, NC State and Ohio State, among others.