Tech Remains in Hunt for NC Stars

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Virginia Tech continues to be in the mix for Ashley High School (NC) stars Levin Neal and Geron James. Earlier this month, they received an official visit from Neal, who is a 5-11, 180-pound cornerback prospect with 4.3 speed in the 40.

“He visited for the West Virginia game,” Ashley Head Coach Dylan Dimock said. “He liked it. He said he had a great time. He enjoyed spending time with the guys and meeting Coach Beamer. He’s going to leave his options open right now, but he liked it.”

Neal, who has 8 written scholarship offers, may have more once he gets back onto the playing field. Neal suffered a dislocated ankle in a pre-season scrimmage and has missed the entire season. Dimock expects him to return in the next week or 2.

“A lot of teams are taking a wait and see approach with him,” Dimock said. “We’ll see what happens when he gets back from his injury. He wants to see who else comes in to offer. I know he liked Tech, but he also wants to see who else offers. He got offers from Virginia Tech, N.C. State, UNC, Maryland, Wake Forest, Duke, Clemson and South Carolina.”

Neal currently has no leaders on his list. He will make at least a few more official visits before announcing a decision.

6-4, 180-pound wide receiver Geron James has enjoyed an outstanding year.

“He’s doing very well on the field and in the classroom,” Dimock said. “He has 600 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns. He’s hitting the books hard and I fully expect him to qualify.”

Tech is one of 4 schools to have officially offered the talented wideout, who, like his teammate, is taking a wait-and-see approach to his recruitment. James has been to N.C. State several times for games this season but has not made any official visits. He will set his official visits after his senior season.

“His recruiting is harder to figure,” Dimock said. “He’s been offered by N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Maryland and UNC and is drawing interest from Georgia Tech, Georgia, LSU, ECU and South Carolina. If he takes care of his academics, I think he’ll get a lot more offers and he’ll have a better idea of who his favorite schools are. A lot of schools are waiting to see if he qualifies. Talent-wise, he’s a national recruit. He’s having a great season.”

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