What Keshawn King’s Commitment Means For Virginia Tech Running Back Recruiting

Keshawn King committed to the Hokies over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of @keshawnk25)

Once upon a time, Devyn Ford was Virginia Tech’s top running back target for the 2019 recruiting class.  After his commitment to Penn State, the Hokies had to formulate other plans.  They sent out several new running back offers, and their target board reset.

Jordan Houston has always been on the board, in some way, shape or form.  Tahj Gary of Atlanta got an offer shortly after Ford announced for Penn State, and Gary has been high on Tech’s board.  Jamious Griffin, brother of VT linebacker Jaylen Griffin, also got an offer around the same time he committed to NC State.  A few other offers went out around the same time, but the three names that were getting consistent mention were Houston, Griffin and Gary.

That’s why it was a surprise when Keshawn King verballed to the Hokies over the weekend.  We knew he got an “offer” back on May 16.  What we didn’t know was how serious Tech was about the offer.  The Hokies also “offered” tight end Kyle Bilodeau on June 5, but by the time he committed to Purdue on June 15, his VT offer was not committable, per very good sources.  Because of stories like that of Bilodeau, it can be very difficult to determine whether or not somebody has a committable offer. 

Like everybody else, I was surprised when I heard the news that King committed over the weekend, simply because I wasn’t aware that the Hokies were pursuing him heavily.  Sorry I couldn’t chime in about it on the boards this weekend (I was out of town at a wedding), but I want to take today to discuss King and Virginia Tech’s current 2019 running back situation.