VT Football Recruiting Notes: Alex Faniel Delays Decision

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Virginia Tech football recruiting notes from today, beginning with quarterback Alex Faniel, who has had a change of plans regarding his college decision…


Glen Allen (VA) class of 2017 quarterback Alex Faniel planned to announce his college commitment this Thursday, March 17, but as you can see he has decided to put his decision on hold.

Had Faniel followed through with his original plans, the clear favorite on Thursday would have been Virginia Tech. The 6’5″, 225-pound signal caller was highly impressed with new head coach Justin Fuente following a Junior Day visit to Tech earlier this year. Additionally, the scholarship Virginia Tech offered when Frank Beamer was coach apparently is still on the table.

“[Coach Fuente and staff] said they would honor my offer,” Faniel said, adding that “they would like to see me throw in the summer.”

NC State was the other finalist heading into this week. Faniel’s decision to wait certainly could bring more schools into play, however.


Virginia Tech headed to Louisiana for its latest class of 2017 offer.

Consensus 4-star wide receiver/defensive back Keldrick Carper, a junior out of Plain Dealer High School (Plain Dealer, LA), tweeted the news earlier this evening.

Carper earned 1A first-team all-state honors his junior season, when he totaled 66 receptions for 947 yards. He added over 700 yards rushing, tallied 22 touchdowns, and picked off six passes.

Arizona State, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M have also offered the 6’3″, 175-pound prospect.


Rijo Walker starred at Bethel High School (Hampton, VA) and then played collegiately for the University of Virginia, where he is now a graduate assistant football coach. Ricky Walker also starred at Bethel and is currently a sophomore defensive tackle on Virginia Tech’s football squad. A third Walker brother, Mondo, is now rising in the ranks at Bethel.

Walker, a 5’10”, 175-pound sophomore, earned second-team all-conference honors for his play this past season. He has yet to earn his first college scholarship offer but has drawn college interest and plans on making many visits this spring and summer.

“My brothers told me to just be patient and be hungry and my time will come. They said if I’m fortunate to have multiple offers, go with my heart when it comes to making a decision,” Walker wrote via Twitter direct message. “I don’t have any offers as of now. I plan on going to UNC, NC State, ODU, UVA again, Virginia Tech, Hampton, and trying to see if I can get down to Coastal Carolina.”

Walker was in attendance for the UVA’s Junior Day event on February 27 and “really enjoyed” the experience. He mentioned he will visit Virginia Tech. The goal right now is to earn a scholarship offer. If he should eventually earn scholarships from Virginia and Virginia Tech and decide to stay in-state, is there an early favorite between those schools?

“I can’t lean towards one side more heavy than the other side. I support them both equally,” Walker wrote.

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  1. Love these offers going out to top recruits. You cannot land them if you do not offer them. Love the focus and energy of the new staff.

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