Virginia Tech Recruiting: In-State Topics

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Isi Atute, Virginia Tech
Isi Atute has some filling out to do, but the Virginia Tech coaching staff appears to like his long-term potential a lot. (@isietute)

Virginia Tech picked up two in-state commitments recently, and offered another until-now unknown prospect from Virginia Beach.  Today I want to talk about those three players, as well as a couple of other in-state recruiting topics.

The three recently-offered players are…

LB Keli Lawson, Sherando High School
DB Shawn Asbury II, North Stafford High School
LB Isi Etute, Cox High School

Though they play different positions, Lawson and Asbury have similar stories.  Lawson missed all but the final four games of his junior season with an injury, while Asbury only played in the final six or seven games, also because of injury. 

To determine whether not those two guys were worthy of an offer, the Hokies had to do a couple of things…

1: Make sure they are healthy.
2: Evaluate them as to their fit with Tech’s new defensive coaches and the new defensive scheme.

No. 2 was difficult with shortened junior seasons due to injury, and the lack of an evaluation period due to COVID-19.  They are somewhat risky offers because the Hokies – and everybody else – just didn’t have the opportunity to get a complete scouting