Offensive Targets: Select few remaining

As usual, most of Virginia Tech’s recruiting class is already in place by the middle of July.  However, there are a few important targets remaining.  We’ll take a look at the offensive targets today.


Current commits: Andrew Ford

Virginia Tech wanted one quarterback this year, and they got Andrew Ford out of Pennsylvania.  Now Ford will play a key role in recruiting other Hokie targets from the northeast.

Running Back

Current commits: Marshawn Williams

Marshawn Williams was a very early commit to Virginia Tech, his childhood favorite.  Williams is a big runner, and though he lacks breakaway speed at this point, he has good vision and good natural running ability.

Right now, Virginia Tech is targeting just one more running back.

Shai McKenzie : McKenzie is a big, physical back from Pennsylvania.  He visited this past Sunday, but the Hokies are unlikely to be able to sway him away from Florida State or Pitt.

I expect Virginia Tech to take one more running back in this class, if they can get Shai McKenzie .  If they can’t get him (and they likely won’t), they will save that scholarship for next year.

Wide Receiver

Current commits: Javon Harrison , Jaylen Bradshaw

Harrison and Bradshaw are expected to play the wide receiver position for Virginia Tech.  Bradshaw has great speed, while Harrison is a very good overall athlete from Florida.  Tech has several wide receivers remaining on their board.

Noah Brown : Brown is the highest-ranked wide receiver remaining on Tech’s board.  He could play tailback or running back in college, but the Hokies like him at wide receiver.  The top competition could be Ohio State and Rutgers.  He is arguably the best offensive player remaining on Tech’s board.

Josh Cabrera : Cabrera is a wide receiver from Jacksonville, NC who was listed as a visitor for this past weekend.  I’m not sure if he was there or not, as I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere.  Prior to the weekend, Tech and UNC were considered his two favorites.

Cam Phillips : Phillips is from DeMatha High School, and the Hokies are in his top five after a Monday visit.  UVA, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Rutgers make up the other schools in his top five.

Austin Proehl : Proehl is the son of long-time NFL veteran Ricky Proehl.  He had a great camp on Saturday and he received an offer immediately afterwards.  He also holds offers from Wake Forest and Ohio.  Proehl has good natural skills, and he also has excellent speed.  Here’s a look at his highlights.

At first I thought the Hokies would take just one more receiver in this class, but with the players remaining on the board and the fact that they only recently offered Proehl, I believe they would take as many as two more wideouts in this class.

They are currently involved with a good group of players, and in my dream scenario they would land Noah Brown and Austin Proehl to close things out.

Xavier Burke

Tight End

Current commits: Xavier Burke

Burke attended Saturday’s camp and looked physically imposing for a rising senior.  I don’t know how good of a receiver he can become, but he has the size and frame to be a good blocking