Seven prospects are expected to arrive in Blacksburg tomorrow and begin classes next Tuesday. Headlining the promising group of players are Austin Clark and Mook Reynolds, 4-star recruits who very possibly could be on the field for the Hokies next season.
Clark, a 6’6”, 300-pound offensive tackle out of Rockbridge County High School (Lexington, VA), originally committed to South Carolina but ultimately flipped to Virginia Tech. Changing his commitment was difficult, Clark acknowledged, but he’s pleased he made the move.
“It was definitely a hard decision to decommit from South Carolina and choose Virginia Tech. Looking back now, even after I did it I felt like I made the right decision. Now I can say 100-percent I really did make the right choice,” Clark said.
Adding depth to the offensive line is a need for Virginia Tech in class of 2015 recruiting. Landing one of the state’s top line talents was huge, and Clark looks forward to the opportunity to play as a true freshman.
“I’m definitely thinking far ahead to next season, but what I’m doing now is making smaller goals for myself to accomplish so I can accomplish those future goals,” Clark said. “I’m going to live in the weight room. I’m going to live in the film room. I’m going to learn as much as I can from the playbook. I’m going to get my body right so I can compete when we get to preseason practice.”
Virginia Tech has told Clark he’ll likely start out at right tackle, a position he is familiar with despite playing primarily on the left side his freshman and senior seasons.
“I feel comfortable either way. I want to play wherever I can get the most playing time,” Clark said.
While Clark will play in the trenches on offense, Reynolds is yet another talented defensive back added to the roster. The Northern Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.) cornerback was one of the first to commit to Tech in the class of 2015 (Reynolds and DuWayne Johnson both committed while at Tech’s Junior Day last February 9). He starts his college career having drawn comparisons to former Tech and current Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller.
“I’m ready,” Reynolds answered when asked if he was ready for major college football.
Discussing why he decided to enroll early, Reynolds said: “I had all the credits I needed. I figured why waste time sitting around when I could be productive and get into the program. I’m locked and loaded. I’m ready to be strong academically and know everything I need to know.”
Reynolds plans to learn all he can from Kyle’s younger brother, Kendall, and the rest of the Tech defensive unit.
“I plan to learn a lot from Kendall,” Reynolds said. “He’s a great player, but he’s a great guy, too. I’ll be tuned into Kendall and everybody else on the team. I’ll be like a sponge. I want to make sure I learn all different aspects.”
The 6’0”, 175-pound Reynolds has the potential to play as a true freshman. Enrolling this semester will help him physically.
“I’m most excited to get in the weight room and watch my body physically change,” Reynolds said. “I’m ready to get out there and start playing, finding out how I fit into the scheme.”
Reynolds and three other defensive prospects — safety Adonis Alexander, linebacker Carson Lydon and defensive lineman Yosuah Nijman – arrive at Tech this week. In addition to Clark, tight end Xavier Burke and offensive lineman Tyrell Smith are the offensive prospects enrolling this month.
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