A Quick Sunday Afternoon Recruiting Update

by JustinC on March 24, 2013 · 8 comments

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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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hokiegrad March 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm

also offered Isaac Yiadom.

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JustinC March 25, 2013 at 9:17 am

Ahh, forgot to add him. Thanks for the heads up.

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Gbd March 24, 2013 at 6:48 pm

How many scholies do we have this year, and do you think with so much talent in 2014 tech will over sign like most teams do.

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JustinC March 25, 2013 at 9:21 am

Well, we have 14 seniors on scholarship. That means we can sign 14 players to a normal scholarship if we don’t have any attrition. Where the problem lies, at the moment, is we’re set to have 89 players on scholarship heading into this fall. So, there’s a good chance you see 4-5 players transfer or a few of our commits go the FUMA/Hargrave route.

Taking into account those who may enroll early and those who may grayshirt/prep, I think Tech can take as many as they want in this class. But, I think somewhere around 20 will be the final number. But, it depends on attrition, whether or not Drew Harris can enroll, things like that. But 14 is the magic number since that’s the number of spots we’ll have open after this season. Normally a recruiting class is about 4-6 more than the number of spots open.

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jay March 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Justin, Who are your canidates to prep/greyshirt.

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JustinC March 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm

There are a few that in the “wait and see” position.

FS Holland Fisher – very likely that he’ll head to FUMA for a year.
CB Cequan Jefferson – 50/50 on whether or not he makes. I’ve been told he’s good by a couple sources and I’ve been told the exact opposite by several others.
RB D.J. Reid – In the same boat as Jefferson. Very 50/50.
RB Drew Harris – Still haven’t heard back on his appeal. Will likely have to go to a Community college. If so, he can still enroll at VT as a redshirt sophomore next summer.

Also, there is a chance that Braxton Pfaff greyshirts. He injured his shoulder out in California and that extra recovery time could help him. If not, you’re kind of wasting a redshirt year.

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LJ March 26, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Michael Herndon is a nice player with some upside but he is now where as good as Steven Moss at this point of their development. Saw Steven go up against Wyatt Teller and he looked very good…If you have not seen Steven play I would not have made that statement…

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JustinC March 27, 2013 at 8:04 am

I agree with you but I don’t base my rankings on how good a prospect is right now. I base it on how good they can be over the course of their collegiate development period. I like Moss and he is the more technically sound lineman at this point. But, Herndon has a lot of potential as a road grader at guard. You have to remember that Herndon plays middle linebacker for his high school as well as on the offensive line. He’s athletic and when he gets to commit fully to being a full-time offensive linemen, I think you’ll see him take off as a player. That’s why I have him ranked higher. These rankings are clearly subjective so you can debate it either way, that’s why Rivals, 247, etc make so much money. But from a VT fan perspective I would rather go with the tougher player than a technically sound player. Both need to develop so it comes down to what attributes you want.

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