Virginia Tech picked up a lot of commitments in the month of July, and they are certain to have more before the season begins in September. Like the vast majority of schools these days, most of the current class will be committed before a football game is played in 2022.
Recruitments for a few guys will drag on. Everybody will lose a guy or two to decommitments, and they’ll have to scramble and fill those spots. Likewise, there will be late bloomers who don’t really show up on recruiting boards until the end of their senior seasons, and it’s likely that there are 2-3 members of Virginia Tech’s final 2023 recruiting class that you haven’t even heard of yet.
Of the guys still uncommitted that you have heard of, I want to talk about where their recruitments stand as of right now. After that, we’ll take a different turn and say some things about NIL that I feel need to be said.
Krystian Williams – The athlete from Collegiate School in Richmond officially visited Virginia Tech and Rutgers. I’m not sure whether he’ll play WR or DB in college. 247 ranks him No. 13 in the state, while he comes in at No. 19 on the On3 list. Wake, UVA, Duke and Boston College also offered. I suspect Williams won’t wait too much longer before making a decision. Unless the Hokies somehow run out of space at WR or DB before that decision, I see him picking Virginia Tech.
If I had to guess right now, I’d say wide receiver because I think the Hokies need another taller receiver in the program. However, I’m sure the Tech coaches will start him out wherever they believe he’s best suited.
Jordan Bass – Linebacker Jordan Bass of Phoebus (Hampton, VA) is ranked No. 11 by 247 and No. 9 by On3. He took official visits to Virginia Tech and Pitt on back-to-back weekends in June, and then he promptly shut down his recruiting. There is no indication about when he’ll make a decision, or where he is leaning.
Paul Billups – Wide receiver Paul Billups of Western Branch (Chesapeake) is ranked No. 21 in Virginia by 247, and No. 12 by On3. He took official visits to Michigan State and North Carolina, but he also took an unofficial visit to Blacksburg in June. Virginia Tech made up some ground, but he’s always been considered a UNC lean, and I suspect that’s where he’ll commit on his announcement date of August 24.
Cameren Fleming – I’m a big fan of Fleming. He plays cornerback for Trinity Episcopal in Richmond. He took official visits to Virginia Tech and Minnesota in June, but he rescheduled a visit to North Carolina to the fall. That could play to Virginia Tech’s advantage, but the Tar Heels recently picked up a couple of cornerback commits (though they chose poorly by taking a 5-9 corner from Oklahoma, IMO). As far as I know, Fleming is still a legit target for the Hokies, and right now I’d have to favor Tech. He’s also listed with offers from FSU, Ole Miss, Wake, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Tennessee, West Virginia, and others.
Ta’Mere Robinson – Robinson is a big-time edge defender from Pennsylvania. He’s coming off a torn ACL, and Brent Pry and the Hokies are in it because Pry – as a member of the Penn State staff – personally showed a lot of loyalty to Robinson when he was injured. However, so did PSU head coach James Franklin, and as a result the Nittany Lions are expected to be Robinson’s college choice.
DaShawn Stone – Stone, a North Carolinian, visited Virginia Tech officially on June 3. He’s a bigger safety prospect...
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