Athlete, Class of 2022
Nottoway High School, Crewe, VA
There have only been a few thousand people who have seen a football game this fall at Lane Stadium. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Virginia Tech has allowed 1,000 fans in the stands, predominantly friends and family of the players and staff, though that number will drop to 250 this Saturday.
Because of a family connection, Nottoway (Va.) 2022 three-star athlete Tyler Banks was one of those few people. Banks was on hand Nov. 7 and 14 for the Hokies’ games against Miami and Liberty, as a guest of his cousin, senior linebacker Rayshard Ashby. For now, that’s most of what Banks has to base his recruitment on, with Virginia Tech or his other four offers. And it’s why Banks said he hasn’t made a lot of recruiting progress to this point.
“I haven’t really looked into it that much,” he said. “I haven’t really focused on where I want to settle down or commit. This is all first time for me. Ever since COVID hit, that’s when everything started picking up. In July, it picked up, like Boston College. It’s all just been new to me and my father and family. So, I’d say I’m at the beginning.”
Still, Banks said the experiences in Blacksburg were eye-opening, and they added to what he thinks about the Hokies.
“It was definitely different than when I went years ago and everybody was allowed in,” Banks said. “But it was nice. Not nice that they lost, but good to go. We just watched the game, really. The game was still live, they were still balling, playing strong and had the band playing. Only thing missing was the fans. Other than that, it was good football.”
After the games, Banks said he spoke with Ashby. They communicate regularly and Ashby has filled him in on some tidbits about Virginia Tech.
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