Camp Recruiting Notes

Virginia Tech hosts a recruiting event tomorrow, but a handful of recruits were in attendance for today’s one-day camp, either as participants or visitors.  We’ll follow up on tomorrow’s event, but in the meantime here are some recruiting notes from the one-day camp event…

– A handful of top uncommitted class of 2014 targets made the trek to Blacksburg today.  The headliner was Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi .

From left, Derrick Nnadi , Terrell Edmunds , and Billy Ray Mitchell watch on at VT’s July one-day camp in 2013

Nnadi wasn’t sure if he was going to stay through tomorrow or not, but he seemed to be enjoying the day.  In particular, he felt comfortable around the players.

“It was like a family reunion,” Nnadi said of his time today at Virginia Tech.

He added:  “Some of the players I met today, it feels like I’ve known them for a long time.”

The main schools Nnadi is considering right now are Florida State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.  The Dolphins star said Florida State is a school he definitely wants to take an official visit to.  From the sound of things, the 6’2″, 300-pound prospect wants to take most, if not all, of his official visits before committing.

If he stays in-state, Nnadi says Virginia Tech currently has the lead over Virginia, though he says he is still considering the Cavaliers.  FSU and VT appear to be the top contenders right now.

– Bethel (Hampton, VA) rising senior defensive tackle Ricky Walker was in attendance today as well.  Walker was shown around initially by Bethel product and Tech rising senior defensive end James Gayle.  The standout defensive lineman is considering offers from Tech, Michigan State, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, and many others.

– Virginia Tech class of 2014 commitments in attendance today included Brunswick (Lawrenceville, VA) tight end/defensive lineman Xavier Burke , Dan River (Ringgold, VA) defensive back Terrell Edmunds , Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) offensive lineman Billy Ray Mitchell , L.C. Bird (Chesterfield, VA) athlete Shawn Payne , Thomas Dale (Chester, VA) safety CJ Reavis , and Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) offensive lineman Tyrell Smith .

Edmunds surprised with impressive size.  His father, Ferrell, was on hand and said Terrell was about 6’1 1/2″.  The younger Edmunds, a cornerback recruit for the Hokies, looked to be a solid 190 at least.

Ferrell, who is head coach at Dan River, said his youngest son, Tremaine Edmunds , wanted to participate at camp today but couldn’t because of a biceps injury.  Tremaine is about 6’5″ and plays linebacker and tight end for the Wildcats.  He boasts early offers from Cincinnati, Virginia, and Hampton.  I would be surprised if Virginia Tech does not offer at some point down the road.

– CJ Reavis is fresh off his appearance at Nike’s The Opening.  The 6’1″, 200-pound prospect said the week in Oregon went well, though he was slowed by a hamstring injury suffered on Day 1 of the event.

Reavis seemed to be enjoying himself quite a bit at Tech on Saturday, laughing and joking around with fellow recruits and current players.

“I love these dudes.  That’s why I came here.  It’s a big family at Virginia Tech.  I feel like I’m part of it already even though I haven’t enrolled yet,” Reavis said.

According to Reavis, coveted Washington (PA) class of 2014 tailback target Shai McKenzie will arrive in Blacksburg this evening.

– Benedictine (Richmond, VA) linebacker/receiver Raymon Minor