Hokies On Board First For Jalen Hoyle

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Jalen Hoyle
S, Class of 2021
Dwight Morrow, Morristown, NJ
6-0, 180

The fact that he already got a scholarship offer isn’t surprising to Morrow (NJ) 2021 safety Jalen Hoyle. However, the timing of the offer and the school who offered caught him admittedly off-guard.           

On Monday, Virginia Tech became the first to offer Hoyle after he competed Sunday in the Hokies’ camp. It’s certainly a big jolt at the beginning of his recruitment. But for Hoyle, it’s also a sign of what he hopes are more big recruiting moves.           

“It was a surprise, but it wasn’t,” Hoyle said. “I’ve been talking to Virginia Tech since my freshman year. I did well at the camp. It was just a surprise to get it that day. They’d told me to wait the first three games (this season), to see how I progressed during my junior year.”           

The camp marked Hoyle’s second visit to Blacksburg. He was also on hand in November for Virginia Tech’s game against Miami. Sunday, however, was a much more intimate look at the facilities and program.           

“Virginia Tech has a very family thing,” Hoyle said. “They treat you good there. It’s a place I feel like I can go and be very comfortable and progress as a person, be a better person there. The atmosphere at the game is phenomenal. It’s really everything a kid could dream of.”           

Assistant coaches Brian Mitchell and Justin Hamilton have both been in contact with Hoyle, and both have left a favorable impression on him.           

“I like them a lot,” Hoyle said. “They really told me I’d be good at nickel. They told me to just work on my game, stay humble. They said they noticed how aggressive I’ve been going, and they said they like that.”           

Hoyle said his likely next destination will be to Penn State on June 21 for a camp. It would be his first time

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