The First Bank & Trust Friday Q&A: Top Recruits (So Far), The Death Of The Pac-12, And More

Christian Evans, Virginia Tech
Christian Evans is a great fit at defensive tackle for Virginia Tech. (@CXE_5)

1) Forget 247 and on3. Who are your five favorite recruits committed to Virginia Tech and five favorite targets we have a good shot with? – IV_Hokie12

Chris Coleman: It’s tough this time of year, because we don’t have a senior season to go on. There are a couple of guys in the class who I can see myself liking a lot once senior highlights are published. For example, I can see Zeke Chinwike taking a big leap as a senior, and thus moving up my own personal board in the winter. However, if he doesn’t take a big leap, he’s probably a 2.5-star player for me. There’s a ton of guesswork.

With that said, here are my top five as of June 28, 2024, and I’m guessing this list could change a lot by the time I get to study senior highlights on Hudl.

LB Brett Clatterbaugh: He’s already got good size. He was listed at 220 last year, but he’s probably more like 230. I really like his acceleration, and he’s got a heavy shoulder. His size and natural strength make him a candidate to play early, though of course he should redshirt. To me, he seems like less of a project than most high school recruits. He’s got a higher floor, and he’ll be starting from a higher level than most freshmen when he gets to college. That makes him more likely to reach his ceiling. There’s really no point in having a very high ceiling if you are starting in the basement.

WR Jayden Anderson: Anderson caught 48 passes for over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns last year for a highly-prolific Green Run passing game. His presence makes Keylen Adams’ record-setting high school career even more impressive, considering Adams had to share the ball with Anderson. Anderson reminds me athletically of Xayvion Turner-Bradshaw, but he’s probably more advanced at the same stage. He’ll also line up at quarterback and run the wildcat. He’s probably a slot receiver for the Hokies who can take jet sweeps and also be a factor as a punt returner. It’s entirely possible that I would rank him in the top 10 in the state by the end of his senior season if I did those sort of rankings. His nickname is “The Flash.”

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