Virginia Tech hosted its second Junior Day recruiting event of the month yesterday. TSL will have many more recruiting updates to come, but in the meantime here are some initial news and notes from the weekend.
HUNTER “EXCITED” ABOUT VT’S FUTURE
As expected, the player who may well end up being the state’s top prospect in the class of 2017 was in Blacksburg on Saturday along with his family. Devon Hunter, a 6’1″, 205-pound athlete with scholarship offers from all across the country, took to Twitter to express his post-Virginia Tech Junior Day reaction.
Great visit at V-Tech today… I can truly say that I'm excited about the Hokies moving forward into the future #HokieNation
We’ll see where things go from here for the Indian River (Chesapeake, VA) star, but for now Virginia Tech is definitely a serious contender.
LOCKLEAR LANDS OFFER
Given the recruiting run he had experienced the past few weeks, I believed Spring Valley (Huntington, W.V.) junior offensive tackle Riley Locklear had an excellent chance of landing a scholarship from Virginia Tech yesterday. Well, the 6’6″, 285-pound junior attended Tech’s Junior Day and was offered by head coach Justin Fuente.
Last week, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, Penn State and West Virginia offered scholarships to Locklear. He has scored offers from California, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech this week.
Locklear wasn’t the only prospect to gain a Virginia Tech offer yesterday. As reported on TechSideline.com, Caleb Farley and Sean Savoy landed offers as well.
CHANCELLOR HIGH PROSPECTS VISIT VT
Chancellor (Fredericksburg, VA) juniors Jason Brown, George Brown Jr., and E.J. Jenkins all made the trek to Blacksburg on Saturday. At this point, Virginia Tech has not offered any of the three prospects.
Jason Brown, Chancellor’s dual-threat quarterback, tweeted about the experience.
Had a great visit today to Virginia Tech today pic.twitter.com/AiegcmNZbS
— JB1⃣8⃣ (@Jaaason10) February 27, 2016
As I wrote on TechSideline.com earlier this week, at this point I see Jenkins, a 6’6″ wide receiver prospect with an offer from Old Dominion, as the player with the best chance of landing an offer from Virginia Tech, but I think there is a good chance all three camp at Tech later this year. Don’t be surprised if Jenkins’ recruitment starts to gain steam this spring and summer, assuming he continues to do well in the classroom.
MATOS, MCKAY COMMIT ELSEWHERE
– Virginia Tech was hoping to get a visit from Chancellor 4-star defensive end Yetur Matos before he made his college decision. Unfortunately for the Hokies, the 6’5″, 235-pound junior announced that he will attend Penn State.
– Wakefield (N.C.) junior quarterback Matt McKay originally planned to visit NC State, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh this weekend; however, those plans changed when he decided to commit to NC State. Virginia Tech had not offered as of yet.