Jalen Coit Getting Acquainted With Virginia Tech

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Jalen Coit
Wide Receiver, Class of 2020
Cheraw High School, Cheraw, SC
5-11, 163

The interest and the offers have really come in a flurry this spring. By the end of last year, Cheraw (SC) three-star wide receiver Jalen Coit had six offers. Now, he counts 19 offers.

Coit has been busy himself, with visits most weekends over the past few months and another coming this weekend. He claims no favorites, but while looking through his desired list of criteria, he has an idea of when he’d like to have a decision made.

“First, I’m looking for family environment,” Coit said. “I’m from a small town, so I want to go somewhere I feel like I’m home every day. Second, I want to go somewhere I feel like I can play, any way they need it. Third is academics. My parents are big in that, and I want to go somewhere I can get help being the best I can be in the classroom. These days, you can’t rely on the coaches because they leave in a heartbeat.”

In getting a better feel for his options, on Feb. 9 Coit visited Wake Forest, on Feb. 16 he was at Duke, Feb. 23 at North Carolina and March 9 at Clemson.

“Just everybody knowing me, when I got on campus, everybody knew who I was,” Coit said. “They were watching film, just reaching out. They showed me good hospitality, toured me around campus. Just the facility, seeing the people there, the school and the academic part, that was good for me and my parents both.”

On Saturday, Coit said he’ll likely be at Virginia Tech. He visited last fall, but had also been in contact well before that and visited during his sophomore year.

“They liked me then,” Coit said. “I went in October of last year and they offered last month. I’ve been talking to Coach (James) Shibest for two years. I’ve been trying to build relationships and just see them. I thought that’d be good for us to see each other, get to know each other.”

Though Shibest has been Coit’s primary contact, assistant coach Jafar Williams has also been in touch. So far, the latter relationship is still building.

“He’s recruited me a lot, more than Coach Williams does,” Coit said. “But it’s a mutual vibe I get with both, half and half. They just want me to come in and play. They see me as a guy who can come in and play, make a difference. They like big-time