There is less than two weeks to go until February 5, which is National Signing Day for the class of 2014. Virginia Tech’s commitment total stands at 22 as four previous commitments in the class – QB Andrew Ford, RB Shai McKenzie, RB Marshawn Williams, and DE Vinny Mihota – began classes at Tech this week. They are enrolled and will take part in spring practice. Place-kicker Michael Santamaria and postgraduate prospects Holland Fisher and DJ Reid (two of Tech’s class of 2013 signees) are included in the list of those expected to sign on February 5.
Tech’s class has been near capacity for quite some time, but there are still targets available and some questions that may not be answered until the letters of intent are in. Let’s take a look at those storylines that remain in Virginia Tech’s class of 2014 recruiting through Signing Day.
How will the Hokies finish?
How this weekend goes will go a long way towards answering this question. Virginia Tech hosts three top remaining uncommitted targets on official visits this weekend, including 4-star Virginia Beach defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi, 3-star Virginia Beach running back Anthony Scott and 3-star Delray Beach (FL) defensive end Kevin Bronson.
Virginia Tech has now extended an official offer to Bronson, a 6’4″, 235-pound Village Academy senior who has already taken official visits to Rutgers and South Florida. He heads to Tech this weekend and is scheduled to take an official to Nebraska the final weekend before Signing Day. Andrew Ivins of the Palm Beach/Broward County Sun-Sentinel reported today that Bronson is down to four schools with South Florida, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech leading the way. Vandy could get an official sometime next week before the Nebraska trip next weekend.
Also per the Sun-Sentinel, Bronson will make his decision before Signing Day but won’t reveal which school he chooses until the Signing Day ceremony at his school.
Scott, an all-purpose running back with outstanding speed and big-play ability, will take an official visit to Virginia Tech this weekend after seeing East Carolina last weekend. ECU, which already has a commitment from Scott’s Green Run teammate, Shaun James, is serious competition, but Tech will get its chance to impress this weekend. Although Virginia Tech has two running backs in this class already in McKenzie and Williams, the 5’10”, 180-pound Scott would be a nice addition. He has explosive speed and could be a big-time threat as a returner and receiver as well, so he would bring a different skill-set to the big, bruising McKenzie and Williams.
And then there is Nnadi, who will be making the fourth official visit of his recruiting process. He has taken officials to Florida State, Penn State and Ohio State, but right now the Noles are seen as the top competition to Tech. I still give the edge to the Hokies here, but this weekend is huge. Nnadi told TechSideline.com that Tech felt like a “family reunion” when he visited last July. If he gets that feeling again this weekend, certainly Tech’s chances of landing the talented defensive tackle would be pretty good.
UVa still has a chance if Nnadi takes an official visit there the weekend before Signing Day, but again at this point I think this is a race between FSU and VT.
Including the uncommitted visitors with offers, the list of recruits expected to be in Blacksburg this weekend is as follows:
– Jaylen Bradshaw, WR, VT commit
– Kevin Bronson, DE,
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