Notes: VT Can Still Land Top DE Class

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Defensive End Recruiting

Defensive end is Virginia Tech’s biggest need in the class of 2015. Last summer, it seemed as though Benedictine (Richmond, VA) product Clelin Ferrell, one of the top defensive end recruits in the nation, would ultimately end up a Hokie. Well, the 6’5″, 220-pound rising senior announced for the Clemson Tigers on Wednesday of this week.

Ferrell is a significant loss for Virginia Tech, but all is not lost in terms of defensive end recruiting. Here is a rundown of some of the defensive end prospects Tech has a real chance with at the moment

Jalen Dalton, a 6’5” prospect out of North Carolina, has Virginia Tech as one of his top schools. UNC may be tough to beat in the end, but Tech is high on the list.

VT missed on Ferrell but hopes to pull in Fullwood (pictured)
VT missed on Clelin Ferrell but hopes to pull in Fullwood (pictured)

Darius Fullwood, a rising senior out of Good Counsel (Olney, MD), has Virginia Tech in his final five with a decision is expected to come on June 28. The 6’4″, 235-pound prospect raved about Virginia Tech in my interview with him last month, but many feel Ohio State has the edge. Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Miami round out the talented prospect’s final five.

– Nash (Rocky Mount, NC) standout Houshun Gaines followed Virginia Tech growing up. Tech is in strong shape here but recent offers – including one from Florida – have caused the 6’4″, 210-pound prospect to reconsider when he wants to commit. He originally considered August 1 for a decision date, but now he wants to take official visits first.

“I really like