Antonio Cotman Jr. Returns To Virginia Tech

Antonio Cotman Jr.
Antonio Cotman Jr. got to meet a lot of Virginia Tech alums at the Spring Game. (@CotmanHazen)


Antonio Cotman Jr.
DB, Class of 2023
Life Christian Academy, Colonial Heights, VA
6-1, 185

There’s a commitment date in mind months from now, but Life Christian Academy (Va.) four-star cornerback Antonio Cotman Jr. isn’t quite ready for the next step just yet.

Cotman, Rivals.com’s No. 5 player in Virginia for the 2023 class, said he’s eyeing December 10 as the day he’ll announce his commitment. With that date nearly eight months away, he’s also getting a first-hand look at plenty of his options. This spring, Cotman visited Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Duke and NC State, which has given him reason to at least announce the date he’d like to decide by.

“I really feel like my recruitment is taking off,” he said. “I’ve already got this year, this season. I should be committed by then, have my top five before the season.”

Cotman was back in Blacksburg Saturday for the Hokies’ spring game, and the biggest highlight might have been who he saw off the field.

“It was a crazy vibe,” Cotman said. “I got to meet VT alums, Kam Chancellor, Tyrod Taylor. I was with them dudes, and it was a dream come true. The Seahawks were my favorite team, so seeing Kam was big for me. The vibe from the stands was crazy. I had a good feeling and a good time.”

For Cotman, there hasn’t been one specific Virginia Tech coach who has resonated more than the others. Instead, he said he’s seen the collective effort from the staff as a strength.

“Coach (Brent) Pry, Coach (JC) Price, Coach (Pierson) Prioleau, the DC (Chris Marve), I hear from them all. They’re great coaches and kept it real with me. Seeing Coach Cheetah (Derek Jones) in action, with the DBs, seeing them strap up, I loved what I was seeing on that side. My boy definitely got crazy.”

Overall, from the handful of times he’s seen the Hokies up-close, Cotman said he has a good sense of what the university and football program could offer him.

“I definitely feel like this staff is better,” he said. “No disrespect to Coach Smitty (Ryan Smith), that’s my guy, but this staff is like that. Coach Pry, he definitely shows mad love. He calls my dad, texts, just the little things.”

The previous weekend, Cotman visited Duke. The Blue Devils have impressed on and off the field.

“It’s a nice school,” Cotman said. “I love the

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