Observations From the JV Game

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If you didn’t catch the Virginia Tech JV game on Friday afternoon, and you probably didn’t, then you missed one of the best endings that you’ll ever see. Jud Dunlevy’s 51 yard field goal propelled the Hokies to a victory over Hargrave Military Academy, but the result of the game was only part of the fun. JV games give observers a chance to watch young Hokies who are still developing, but who could become impact players in the future. The game also features many prep players that Tech is recruiting, or has recruited in the past. Read on for reports on Kent Hicks, Jeremy Gilchrist, Vidal Hazelton, Melvin Aleaze and more.

Kent Hicks came to Virginia Tech as a highly touted safety prospect. He originally signed with Maryland, but after he was rejected by the Terrapins’ admissions office, he decided to enroll in Blacksburg. Rumors have been circulating that Hicks has been a disappointment thus far, and he did nothing in the JV game to disprove these notions.

Hicks, a rover, did not start against the Hargrave Tigers. Instead, walk on Jake Patten got the nod ahead of Hicks. In the playing time that Hicks received, he didn’t tackle very well, and he also gave up a big play down the sideline to the Hargrave tight end. He is currently listed at sixth on the depth chart at rover for the Hokies, behind the aforementioned Patten, as well as true freshman Dorian Porch, who is redshirting this season. At this point it doesn’t look like Hicks will develop into the player that everyone thought he would.

Speaking of Jake Patten, he played very well for the Hokies today, making tackles all over the field. However he will likely never develop into anything more than a special teams player for the Hokies, if that. Yet Hicks is still behind him on the depth chart, and at this point it doesn’t look like he is anywhere close to catching him.

Jeremy Gilchrist had an outstanding day at wide receiver, catching five passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. He showed an ability to get open in zone coverages, and also the ability to go deep as he caught a 52 yard touchdown pass from Grant Throckmorton. Gilchrist doesn’t look like much physically, but he’s good. He is buried behind five very good receivers on the depth chart, but his day will come.

Speaking of Throckmorton, he has to be the most impressive walk on quarterback Virginia Tech has ever had. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown. At one point he completed nine consecutive passes.