Notes: New Targets Set To Visit

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Virginia Tech is bringing in several visitors in this, the final weekend before the February 2 Signing Day. Headlining the group of uncommitted prospects is 6-2, 175-pound wide receiver Robert Lockhart, who has seen his recruitment take off in recent weeks. He won’t be the only prospect from the state of Florida scheduled to make the trek, though, as Virginia Tech is hoping to strike at a familiar high school.

Lockhart, who hails from West Boca Raton High School (Boca Raton, FL), has picked up offers from Nebraska, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest over the course of the past few weeks. He is currently making an official visit to Nebraska and will head to Virginia Tech for a weekend visit. The standout senior has made officials to Eastern Michigan and Kansas State, the latter school being one of three current favorites along with Nebraska and Virginia Tech.

Tech also expects to play host to two Atlantic Community (Delray Beach, FL) standouts in Wedley Estime and Luther Maddy. The Hokies have enjoyed past success in recruiting Atlantic, most recently with cornerback Jayron Hosley (another Signing Day steal) and quarterback Mark Leal. Virginia Tech is expected to offer the 6-4, 215-pound Estime this weekend, while Maddy, a 6-2, 280-pound defensive tackle, is in a wait-and-see situation.

Estime, a defensive end with only one year of high school football under his belt, is a highly intriguing prospect.

“He turned his life around,” Atlantic head coach Christopher Bean said. “He was hanging with some undesirable guys that didn’t care a lot about school, but then he realized he needed to focus on what he needed to do. For the first two-and-a-half years, he didn’t have the grades. He worked and became eligible last spring. I was the basketball coach last year and he wanted to come out for the basketball team, but he wasn’t eligible. I saw the potential he had then. He was just an athlete out there making plays, but we couldn’t have him because he wasn’t eligible.

“I became the head football coach about two months before last spring practice. He knew we were going to pass the ball around, so he told me he wanted to come out and play receiver. In spring practice, he was dropping balls, his route-running was nasty, and I told him he couldn’t play receiver. Coach Brooks, our defensive line coach, said, ‘Let me have him.’ So we moved him to d-end. I was not expecting much. Coach