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The Virginia Tech coaching staff hosted a small sample of prospects for an early Junior Day this past weekend. Some of the more notable names includes 4 star safety C.J. Reavis out of Richmond, VA, three star offensive tackle Nolan Kelleher out of Mount Pleasant, SC, 3 star OL Michael Herndon out of Staunton, VA, and 2015 WR Trevion Armstrong out of Chesterfield, VA.
On the whole, the event has been regarded as a success even though the Hokies didn’t pick up a 5th commitment in this 2014 class. The next two recruiting events are going to be major draws for 2014 and 2015 prospects. Tech will likely have 25 players on campus on April 6th for their 2nd Junior Day and over 100 on campus for their spring game.
There’s a high probability that Tech’s 2014 class will grow by at least three or four by the end of April. Perhaps even more.
Here’s a quick run down of some topics that need to be addressed.
Steven Moss Commits to UVA
Some surprising news this weekend leaked out when four star offensive guard prospect Steven Moss committed to UVA. Overall, it’s a good pickup for the Hoos who clearly needed to land a few offensive linemen in this class. The Hokies cleaned their clocks in-state in 2013. Moss is a talented guard prospect who I currently have rated as the no. 11 player in the state of Virginia.
For Tech fans, this news is alarming especially since UVA already has a five star commitment from Quin Blanding. They’re also in play for five star Andrew Brown, four star Jamil Kamera, and four star defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi.
That said, the Hokies are in good shape with other prospects in-state and Coach Grimes seems to be more interested in recruiting offensive linemen outside the state of Virginia. Seeing that VA doesn’t produce much OL talent, I’m not going to lose much sleep over this commitment. Especially since my top OL prospect in-state was on Virginia Tech’s campus on Saturday (3* Michael Herndon).
Nolan Kelleher A Likely Fit at Virginia Tech
Aside from Michael Herndon, the Hokies hosted a talented out of state offensive line prospect in Nolan Kelleher on Saturday. Kelleher is a big body at 6’5” and 280 pounds. He has cut some fat off his frame and dropped down about 20 pounds since the end of his high school football season.
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Kelleher is interested in studying engineering, which is why Virginia Tech may have emerged as the leader after this visit. No future visits have been scheduled for the three star out of South Carolina but it’s likely that Kelleher returns to Blacksburg in the near future. I like Virginia Tech’s chances in this one.
Hokies Offer 13 New Prospects
Over on our message board, I posted 13 new offers that had been reported over on the Twitterverse. The coaches had a lengthy evaluation meeting this week and sent out numerous offers. A few more names will likely trickle out in the coming weeks. Here’s a list of those we offered.
4* OT David Sharpe – Jacksonville, FL
4* C Brian Allen – Hinsdale, IN
4* TE Ian Bunting – Hinsdale, IN
4* WR Austin Rivers – Carmel, IN
4* WR Dominique Booth – Indianapolis, IN
4* DE Jesse Aniebonam – Olney, MD
4* OL Sam Mustipher – Olney, MD
4* WR Nic Weishar – Chicago, IL
4* WR Johnnie Dixon – Palm Beach, FL
3* RB Dallas Rivers – Stone Mountain, GA (committed to Vanderbilt on Saturday)
NR WR/TE Ryan Izzo – Sparta, NJ
NR ATH Raymond Minor – Richmond, VA
NR FS Kalen McCain – Durham, NC
Odds are the Hokies aren’t going to end up as contenders for most of these guys but I like the two offers to Good Counsel High School in Maryland. You know Kendall Fuller has some pull there and could do some recruiting for the Hokies.
Coach Moorehead seems to have identified some targets he’ll go after in May when coaches are free to visit prospects in person off campus. We’ll have to see how he does since this is his first year actively recruiting away from campus. He’s getting thrown into the fire.
Lastly, the two biggest sleepers on this list are Raymond Minor and Ryan Izzo. Minor is a fantastic athlete that will be in my top 20 in-state when I do a rerank before the 2014 football season. His name, for whatever reason, took a little while to surface. Minor will likely be recruited as an athlete on the defensive side of the ball. I could see him as a backer for the Hokies.
Izzo is a teammate of Noah Brown, who is a Virginia Tech lean at the moment. Both players are expected to visit sometime this spring. I like Tech’s chances to land both.
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