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On Thursday, the Hokies were able to flip ECU commit Jonathan McLaughlin and have him commit to the good guys. With that commitment, the Hokies will now sign four offensive linemen in this 2013 class. That is a crucial number for Tech, who could have as many as 17 offensive linemen on scholarship in 2013. McLaughlin is a good recruit with potential, as I detailed in my article yesterday. As for finalizing the 2013 class, the Hokies might not be done after all. We'll detail some recent news below.
4* safety and recent UVA commit Malcolm Cook has scheduled an official visit to Virginia Tech on January 25th. With Jim Reid being fired, Cook wasn't too keen on the move. He said this in an interview with ESPN Insider:
"It doesn't really matter to me about other schools looking at me," he said, when asked whether this new attention was a consolation. "The reason I committed to Virginia was because of the defensive coordinator, Coach [Jim] Reid. So I was really hurt by Coach Reid not being there"
I don't think the Hokies have a great shot but any time you can swing a visit, it helps your chances. I still think Cook ends up at UVA but visits can change recruits minds. We'll see where we stand after Cook makes his way to campus.
Joining Cook that weekend in Blacksburg will be another UVA commit in defensive lineman Tyrell Chavis. Chavis decommitted back at the beginning of this month and has scheduled his official visit to Virginia Tech as well. This is another recruit who could easily flip if he enjoys his stay in Blacksburg but I still think there's a good chance he signs with UVA. Also, there's no guarantee that the Hokies will make room for both prospects if they decide to switch allegiances. Although, I'm sure John Ballein and Shane Beamer know exactly how many more bodies they can fit in this 2013 class.
Both prospects will also visit UVA on January 18th before making their way to Virginia Tech the following weekend.
Lastly, the Hokies will also host FSU commitment Davin Bellamy on campus the weekend of the 25th as well. Bellamy seems solid to Florida State, especially if you read through his Twitter timeline. But, you never know what these kids are truly thinking. Bellamy will also likely visit FSU and Tennessee in January as well. With such a good defensive line class upcoming in 2014, I'm not sweating this one too much. Defensive end is not a pressing need right now but if you can swing a top 50 player in GA you definitely bring him up for a visit. Anything can happen.
According to his 247 sports profile, QB Mason Rudolph, out of Rock Hill, South Carolina, has picked up offers from LSU and Virginia Tech. Oddly enough, those are the only two shown on his profile. Rudolph led his team to a state championship this season and has really blossomed into one of the top quarterback prospects on the east coast. Even though QB is not a pressing need for 2014, it appears the Hokies will recruit Randolph heavily. You can view his highlights here.The downside is that Rudolph is the son of a prolific UNC linebacker so the Hokies will have to overcome family ties to get him. A lot of times, those ties are tough to overcome.
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