By all accounts, Atlantic Community (Delray Beach, FL) cornerback Jayron Hosley was all set to sign with the University of South Florida last Wednesday. Hosley-to-USF was the conventional wisdom, but that was before the 5-10, 172-pound senior made an official visit to Virginia Tech on the weekend of January 30th-February 1st. The Florida Class 5A first-team all-state selection kept quiet about his decision until the morning of Signing Day, when he announced he would sign with Virginia Tech.
“It was a no-brainer after the visit,” Hosley said. “My parents were pretty cool with it. I got back on Sunday and we talked it over at night. On Sunday, I knew what I wanted to do.”
Virginia Tech only came into Hosley’s recruitment in December, but it didn’t take long to gain the top prospect’s interest. Hosley had been interested in Tech since the beginning of his recruitment and the delayed interest did not have a negative impact.
“From the jump, I thought Virginia Tech would be a school I’d want to play for,” Hosley said. “After taking the visit, I knew the Virginia Tech family and the area and the people are real cool. They welcomed me there. The coach was up front with me and that is what I want to be around. Virginia Tech’s environment is what I want to be around.”
Hosley will be the latest Atlantic star to attend Virginia Tech, joining recent Hokies standouts David Clowney and Brandon Flowers. Flowers, the current Kansas City Chief, played at Atlantic alongside Hosley’s brother and played a significant role in Jayron’s recruitment.
“He had been through the process before and he showed me the ropes. He played a role as far as telling me more about Virginia Tech,” Hosley said. “Any questions I had, he’d answer them.”
In addition to being Hosley’s head coach, Atlantic head coach Andre Thaddies also coached Flowers. Asked to compare the two prospects, he said, “Hands down, the biggest thing is their competitive nature. They want to win. They don’t want you to beat them. They don’t want to give up a first down. They just don’t want to lose.”
A dynamic returner, Hosley has the chance to excel on special teams. In fact, the Tech coaches have indicated that...
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