Bye Week Recruiting Thoughts: Hokies Hitting North Carolina Hard

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Mook Reynolds.

We’re going to talk about a number of things during the bye week.  Since I haven’t had a chance to talk recruiting since before August practice began, I thought I’d hit that topic today and move onto the 2016 football team later in the week.

Moving Into North Carolina

Virginia Tech has put a heavy emphasis on recruiting the state of North Carolina in the 2017 class, and that will continue in 2018, 2019, and well into the future.

2017 commits: Drake Deluliis, Caleb Farley, Hendon Hooker

Those three guys committed to the Hokies over the summer.  Deluliis (#6 in NC by 247Sports) and Hooker (#8 in NC) are particularly impressive out-of-state pickups for the Hokies.  Tech is continuing to target other North Carolina prospects, and they might not be done in that state in 2017.

WR Ryan Jones: Jones was a UNC commit at one point, but he is now uncommitted.  He is a top 250 prospect by most recruiting and scouting services.  He is from Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte.  I don’t think it’s likely that the Hokies will pursue him because of the high number of receivers already in the class, but it could be a possibility.

DT Xach Gill: Gill was in Blacksburg for the Boston College game.  He’s a Wake Forest native (the town of Wake Forest is actually east of Durham).  I’d probably consider UNC the favorite, but he’s giving the Hokies a strong look.  He’s rated the #9 prospect in the state by 247.

2018 will also