Led by primary recruiter and new quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain, Virginia Tech is targeting at least two offensive line prospects out of Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina. Head coach Jimmy Noonan boasts at least three Division 1A caliber players, all of whom earned first-team all-area honors on last season’s Region V-AAAA championship squad.
“Virginia Tech offered Quinton Richardson at the beginning of last week,” Noonan said. “He’s being recruited by most folks in the SEC and the ACC. Notre Dame is also interested.
“Clemson, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Duke have offered Mason Cloy. Virginia Tech is showing strong interest. Coach O’Cain said they probably would offer, but they had some more selling to do to some folks up there.”
A former basketball player as well, Quinton Richardson primarily played offensive tackle last season but is athletic enough to be a force on both sides of the ball. At offensive tackle, he graded out at 81 percent and had 78 knockdown blocks last season as a junior.
“I guess the main thing is his athletic ability for a big kid,” Noonan said of Richardson. “He’s 6-4 ½, 270 pounds, but he runs right at a 5 flat in the 40. That’s very good for a big man. He’s a very nasty, tenacious blocker, but he has the ability to play on the defensive side of the ball as well. We didn’t play him on defense this year but we will play him there next year. He’ll play a defensive tackle. He played there as a sophomore.”
Recruiting-wise, Richardson has made several unofficial visits this year.
“He’s been to Notre Dame, he’s been to Maryland, he’s been to South Carolina and Clemson and Tennessee,” Noonan said. “I haven’t talked with him since Thursday, but I do know that he had planned to go to Virginia Tech [for the spring game].”
Richardson is interested in Virginia Tech as well as many other schools. There doesn’t appear to be a clear favorite at this point.
“His folks are very conscientious,” Noonan said. “They’re doing all their homework right now.”
Joining Richardson along the offensive line is Mason Cloy. Cloy played center for the first seven games of last season, but was moved to tight end for the rest of the season. At center, Noonan says Cloy, who finished with 62 knockdown blocks, was...
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