Athlete, Class of 2023
Highland Springs, Highland Springs, VA
The feeling out process of recruiting continues for Highland Springs (VA) three-star athlete Takye Heath. He claims 10 scholarship offers to this point, including from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Louisville, Maryland and Pittsburgh.
This summer Heath made multiple visits, for camps and otherwise, to check out some of his options. He’s also made one game visit this fall and has three upcoming that he hopes will push his recruitment further along. For now, Heath still isn’t sure what college program he’ll choose, but he does believe he’s getting closer.
“I feel like I’m still feeling out certain teams, getting to know certain coaches,” he said. “I feel like I’m in the middle. I’m still young in the recruiting process, but I’m learning and getting more mature and learning how to talk to coaches. It’s getting close to the end. Not really any I don’t like, but some that I’m really leaning on.”
On Saturday, Heath will be at Virginia Tech for its game against Notre Dame. It will be his third trip to Blacksburg, after a pair of visits there this summer.
“It’s cool and I’d say those fans are the loudest,” Heath said. “They stand out a lot. Their facility was still getting built, but where they eat, the stadium, it really just stood out.”
Assistant coaches Jafar Williams and Ryan Smith have been the primary contacts for the Hokies, and Heath said he’s appreciated all of their conversations.
“I think they’re some good genuine people,” Heath said. “They really care about you when you’re in their program. They coach you up hard, and they’re going to put you in the best position. That’s what I got from talking to them.”
Heath said he was also aware of coach Justin Fuente and other members of the coaching staff who were present at Highland Springs’ game last Friday.
“It means something, that they’re taking time out to see who they’re recruiting, people playing,” he said. “We’ve got Rashaud (Pernell) and he’s actually committed there. I knew they were there. I saw them walking through the school earlier.”
The last visit Heath said he took was Sept. 11 to Virginia for its game against Illinois. The Cavaliers made an impression because of a few factors.
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