In-State Update

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Recruiting is kind of slow this time of year. Coaches were allowed to begin calling recruits yesterday, which means the process is just starting to heat up. Prospects are beginning to take unofficial visits, and with camps coming up in June and July, we don’t yet know all of the prospects who the Hokies will be pursuing this year.

Out-of-state prospects are particularly hard for us to uncover, as we aren’t a national network, and all of our recruiting sources are within the state of Virginia. Today we’ll focus on the top in-state recruits and discuss their recruitment. We’ll be using the 247Sports rankings for this article, and recruits who don’t hold an offer from the Hokies or who have committed elsewhere will not be mentioned.

Also, keep in mind that more offers can and will go out during the spring and summer. This will not turn out to be a complete list of in-state players the Hokies are pursuing.

Sweat looking on at a Virginia Tech camp in June of 2013
Sweat looking on at a Virginia Tech camp in June of 2013

1: DE Josh Sweat, 6-5, 230, Oscar Smith High School, Chesapeake, #6 overall player, 5-stars

Sweat has only visited one school: Virginia Tech. He came to Blacksburg for camp last summer, and he visited again last weekend. He’s a great defensive end prospect with excellent athleticism and a big frame. He has offers from everyone.

Sweat could choose to enroll early. The fewer schools he visits, the better Tech’s chances are of landing him. Right now I think the biggest competition could come from Florida State and Ohio State, or perhaps Georgia. Distance could be a factor for Sweat.

If Sweat ended his recruitment right now, he would likely choose the Hokies. However, there is a long way to go, and Da’Shawn Hand favored Tech at this same stage in the process last year as well. The big difference is that distance appears to be more of a factor for Sweat. In an age where