Virginia Tech Joins Growing List For Isaiah Raikes

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Isaiah Raikes
Defensive Tackle, Class of 2020
St. Augustine Prep, Richland, NJ
6-1, 270

This past fall, there weren’t many weekends off for St. Augustine (NJ) 2020 three-star defensive tackle Isaiah Raikes. After playing on Friday nights, he was usually headed to a college game visit.           

Raikes had eight such gameday visits this fall. His list of stops included Pittsburgh, Penn State, Rutgers, Temple, Duke, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Notre Dame. The trips gave Raikes a good sense of what he likes and doesn’t, when he decides to narrow down his recruitment.           

“The first thing I remember is the hospitality of the coaches and how they treat you,” he said. “Also, how the fans treat you and how when you’re watching the game, you understand the love you feel. When you’re on the field, you see the fans supporting you. The best environment was definitely Penn State, Notre Dame, also. When I went to Notre Dame, I could just tell how much the fan love was. I felt the hospitality of the coaches and how much they care about you. All the places I went, I enjoyed my visit.”           

Raikes,’s No. 25 defensive tackle and No. 15 player in new Jersey for 2020, has 15 total offers. Virginia Tech, Boston College, Vanderbilt