Recruiting Notes: Recapping Last Weekend

Virginia Tech’s second big recruiting weekend of the fall took place last weekend. Two high school seniors — Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) wide receiver Isaiah Ford and Lawrence Central (Indianapolis, IN) linebacker Brandon Lee — were in Blacksburg on official visits, while the remaining prospects were in Blacksburg unofficially to watch the Hokies take on Duke.

The end result of the Duke game was a disappointment, but the atmosphere was good and recruits left impressed. 4-star Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi , a senior and one of top uncommitted prospects in the country, enjoyed his time.

Nnadi is one of VT's top targets in the class of 2014
Nnadi is one of VT’s top targets in the class of 2014

“[Nnadi] really had a good time. All the guys enjoyed themselves. They loved it. It was a great atmosphere up there, as always, but nothing happened up there for [Nnadi] to say he is definitely going to commit right now. He is focused on taking official visits and making sure mom and dad are part of the process. But he loved it. There wasn’t anything bad about it,” Ocean Lakes head coach Chris Scott said. Dolphins senior running back Brandon Simmons and junior receiver/cornerback TJ Griffin accompanied the 6’2″, 305-pound Nnadi on Saturday.

Florida State, Ohio State, Penn State, and Virginia Tech are the top contenders for Nnadi, who is also considering UVa. The Cavaliers, though, are on the outside looking in. Coach Scott says Nnadi has not yet scheduled any official visit dates.

Simmons is not on Tech’s radar in terms of a scholarship offer, but Griffin is. In fact, Griffin received his first major college scholarship offer last week before heading down to Blacksburg.

“I think he’s a guy who has been on the major college radar in regards to being a guy who can run with anybody,” Scott said of Griffin, who stands about 5’10” and weighs 180 pounds. “He has the school record in the 55 meters. He’s the fastest player I’ve had on this team and we’ve had a lot of fast guys. He plays a little running back, slot receiver, and he has started at corner. He was one of the quiet guys last season. He didn’t get beat. He made big plays, but we had such a good season and he was the sophomore of the group. Everyone loved him in the spring. He picked up his first offer last week, ironically from Duke, because we went to the Virginia Tech game. It was just a matter of time before someone pulled the trigger.

“Virginia and Virginia Tech, they both love him. They love his speed. Virginia is trying to get him to come up to this week’s game against Clemson.”

Confirmed Visitors: Duke

Here is a rundown of every player we confirmed to be in Blacksburg this past weekend.

Class of 2014

– Harry Boston, OLB/DE, Oak Ridge (Knoxville, TN) (no VT offer)

Xavier Burke , TE/DL, Brunswick (Lawrenceville, VA), VT commit

Terrell Edmunds , CB, Dan River (Ringgold, VA), VT commit

Andrew Ford , QB, Cedar Cliff (Camp Hill, PA), VT commit

Isaiah Ford , WR, Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL)

Ford committed to Louisville in May but obviously is giving Virginia Tech a strong look. Ford is a 2-sport athlete in football and basketball and is looking to play both on the major college level.

Brandon Lee , LB, Lawrence Central (Indianapolis, IN)

Lee, a 6’3″, 225-pound prospect with the versatility to play several linebacker spots on the next level, was also on an official visit. He has one more official visit left