Notes: Junior Day Produces Commitment

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Virginia Tech’s football program hosted another “Junior Day” recruiting event this past Saturday, its second such event in a 2-week span.  Kalen McCain , one of the juniors in attendance, enjoyed the experience so much that he decided to commit to the Hokies.

Kalen McCain at VT’s Junior Day on April 6

“I am a VT HOKIE!!!!!” – McCain wrote on his Facebook page Sunday evening.

McCain, a 6’1″, 175-pound prospect out of Hillside High School in Durham (N.C.), played free safety this past season as a junior.  He finished the year with at least three interceptions, helping his team to an 8-3 overall record that included a perfect 7-0 mark in its conference.

In February, Louisville became the first school to offer a scholarship.  N.C. State and Virginia Tech followed suit.  McCain made unofficial visits to all three schools — including trips to Louisville and Virginia Tech this past week — before verbally committing to head coach Frank Beamer.

In my initial projections, I predicted the Hokies would take one or two safety prospects in the class of 2014.  I see McCain as a likely free safety prospect (though I will ask him where the Tech staff specifically sees him playing), so look for the staff to try and add a rover-type to the mix as well.  Thomas Dale’s (Chester, VA) CJ Reavis is one of the top targets at that position.  A third safety prospect, if Tech decides to go for more, could be a gray-shirt.

Virginia Tech no doubt would love to keep the recruiting success going at Hillside.  The Hokies have offers out to two more of the school’s rising seniors, including running back Donte Thomas-Williams and wide receiver Trevion Thompson .  Both prospects boast multiple major FBS offers,