Countdown To Signing Day: Big Weekend Postponed

The weather did not cooperate with Virginia Tech’s recruiting plans this weekend, and as a result, all official visits have been cancelled. This leaves the Tech coaches in a less than desirable situation because National Signing Day is Wednesday, February 3, and next week is the last week recruits can make official visits before Signing Day arrives.

In addition to a handful of committed prospects, class of 2016 targets JaQuan Bailey (DE), Marlon Character (ATH), Nygel King (DB), Tyrrell Pigrome (ATH), Dylan Powell (OL), Malcolm Pridgeon (JUCO OL), Dominique Ross (LB, UNC commit) and Rick Wells (WR, Florida commit) were expected in Blacksburg this weekend. The objective is now to reschedule with as many of these prospects as possible. The weather certainly didn’t help, but a strong close to 2016 can still be achieved if these trips can be rescheduled.

Eight recruits enroll in this Spring Semester, leaving 10 left to sign on National Signing Day. The early enrollees include QB Jerod Evans, QB Joshua Jackson, WR Divine Deablo, WR Sam Denmark, WR Eric Kumah, OL Demetri Moore, DE Jimmie Taylor IV and CB Khalil Ladler. The remaining commitments include WR Phillip Patterson, OL Thomas Jarrett Hopple, OL T.J. Jackson, OL Patrick Kearns, DL Clay Dean, LB Tavante Beckett, LB Emmanuel Belmar Jr., DB/RB Reggie Floyd, ATH JoVonn Quillen Jr. and P Marshall Long.

Aside from Tavante Beckett, all of Tech’s remaining commits appear solid. Beckett has not de-committed but is seriously considering Maryland after taking an official visit there last weekend. Beckett’s teammate and classmate, linebacker Jaquan Yulee, announced today that he will attend Marshall. Yulee was a remaining target of Virginia Tech’s.