Kaelon Black Building On Early Recruitment

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Kaelon Black
Running Back, Class of 2020
Salem High School, Virginia Beach, VA
5-10, 185

As a sophomore last fall, Virginia Beach Salem (Va.) three-star running back Kaelon Black put up the stats to get a little attention. His 1,245 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns got him a few summer camp invites. Those resulted in three offers, but Black said he hopes that’s only a snippet of what’s to come.           

Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and East Carolina have each offered. Georgia and Charlotte have reached out to express interest. With his junior season set to start Friday, Black said he feels confident his play on the field can earn even more attention and kick his recruitment into another gear.           

“I feel like my speed has gotten better,” he said. “I did track, so that helped. Also, my lateral quickness, that’s gotten better, being able to read holes correctly. That’s helped.”           

To earn each of his offers, Black participated in those schools’ camps. With Virginia Tech, he camped in June, then made a return visit July 29 for the Blacksburg Bash. The latter provided a more in-depth look.           

“First, we talked with a lot of the coaches there,” Black said. “Then, we went to the locker room and they let us try on the jerseys. Then, we went out to the stadium and after that, took a step in the weight room and they showed us what they’re doing to it, the renovations they’re going to have. I got in a golf cart with Trevon Hill and we took a trip around campus. We went to eat in a dining hall and it had a bowling alley and pool tables. We came back and watched film of the running backs right now. They were telling us individually how we can help in that system.”           

Black said he also learned more on the visit from his primary recruiter, assistant coach Zohn Burden. Though limited due to NCAA contact rules, Black said their conversations have gone well.