Projected Position: Running Back
Rivals: 3-star, #47 running back, #66 player in GA
247: 3-star, #50 running back, #89 player in GA
ESPN: 4-star, #35 running back, #46 player in GA
Scout: 3-star, #24 running back
Other Power 5 offers: 14
Virginia Tech didn’t sign #1 running back target Khalan Laborn, but they did sign #2 running back target Jalen Holston over at least 14 other Power 5 programs. The Hokies beat out schools such as South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi State and many others, and there is early playing time available in Blacksburg.
Zohn Burden was Holston’s lead recruiter, and the two built a very good relationship during the recruiting process. A lot of schools put the full court press on Holston in January, but he stayed loyal to the Hokies the entire time.
Let’s take a closer look and see what type of player the Hokies are getting.
Size: Tech lists Holston at 6-0, 220. I think he’s probably more like 210, but he certainly has the frame to carry 220 pounds at some point during his career.
Relative speed: Relative to his size, Holston has pretty good speed. He’s able to outrun defensive backs to the end zone at times, and remember he’s playing against good competition from the state of Georgia.
Strength: Once he spends some time with Ben Hilgart, I see Holston developing into a physically strong runner for the Hokies. Arm tackles will not be able to bring him down. When he hits his physical peak in college,...
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