Atlantic (Delray Beach, FL) cornerback Jayron Hosley has narrowed his list to South Florida and Virginia Tech, but before he makes his college choice he will take an official visit to Blacksburg. Atlantic head coach Andre Thaddies admits that the Hokies “came in late” in recruiting the 5-10, 173-pound Hosley, but Tech will get the final shot to impress this weekend.
“We have had a lot of guys from this school go to Virginia Tech,” Thaddies said. A recent former Atlantic and Tech standout is Brandon Flowers, who recently spoke with Hosley about the Hokies.
“Jayron is familiar with Virginia Tech. He has been a Virginia Tech fan in terms of football. He wants to take a look at it.”
Multiple reports indicate that Hosley’s clear number one is the University of South Florida. Asked about the Bulls’ standing with his talented prospect, Thaddies said, “He likes it. He enjoyed his visit there. We have a player from last year there and we have another former kid trying to get there from junior college. He also comes from a very close family. He has five siblings, so if it comes down to a family issue then that could help them.”
A 3-year starter on the varsity level, Hosley has primarily been a playmaker at cornerback and on special teams as a return specialist. As a senior, he tallied five interceptions in helping Atlantic to an undefeated regular season. He missed Atlantic’s regional semifinal playoff game, which turned out to be the team’s only loss of the season.
“He is a very exciting player on both sides of the ball,” Thaddies said. “That is the fun part about him. If he is returning a punt or kick return, people don’t leave their seats. It is the same on interceptions. It’s always a joy to see how well he covers guys, but once he gets an interception he does a lot of fancy stuff on the return.
“There are a lot of top athletes in south Florida, but he is definitely a special kind of guy.”
Hosley’s talents drew interest from programs all across the country. Most of these programs, including Virginia Tech, envision him as a corner on the next level.
“He is a pure corner, a pure cover guy,” Thaddies said. “I was talking to Coach Wiles in terms of how they play the field and the boundary. They feel Jayron is someone who could take away one side of the field. Jayron loves to press. He’ll play off, too. He is very competitive....
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