Recruiting Topics: A Look At The Latest

by JustinC on May 3, 2013 · 7 comments

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DaShawn Hand Recruiting Topics: A Look At The Latest

The Hokies are entering a particularly active recruiting stretch with seven of our coaches out on the road visiting prospects. We’ve seen reports of Coach Moorehead traveling down to Florida to visit some of Tech’s recruiting targets in the Sunshine State. Most of which just so happen to be wide receivers. Shane Beamer has visited Richmond. Cornell Brown was up in New Jersey visiting several prospects up there before swinging through the 757 where Bryan Stinespring joined him.

You’ll see these visits continues for the next couple of weeks before Tech will be forced into a quiet period for the rest of the summer. A quiet period means no off-campus contact can be made. A coach cannot visit a recruit off-campus but can phone him, tweet him, text him, etc.

The last few weeks have been active and we’ll discuss this below.

Da’Shawn Hand to visit Auburn

This weekend, Hand will travel down to Auburn, Alabama to visit the Tigers. Hand’s head coach is an Auburn alum so that may be the reason for the visit. However, I don’t expect the Tigers to make a huge impression. The visit may help there cause but it will take a miraculous visit to ascend into the same group as Michigan and Virginia Tech here.

Jacob Park to Decide At The End of June

One of Tech’s top two quarterback prospects will decide at the end of June. This gives us a timeline to deal with in regards to Park, who has been in commitment limbo for the last few months. Park is considered a Virginia Tech lean but Alabama and Notre Dame are going to make a push. The Irish offered a few weeks ago and Alabama wants him to camp in June along with David Cornwell. With a visit planned to Blacksburg in a few weeks, I still think Tech is the favorite here.

Noah Brown Adds Notre Dame Offer

The Hokies did a tremendous job recruiting Brown when he traveled down here for the Spring Game two weeks ago. After that trip though, Notre Dame decided to pull the trigger. Right now, I think his top three would consist of Virginia Tech, Rutgers, and Notre Dame. With the Hokies also offering Ryan Izzo that may put the Hokies over the top. Of course, I do want to add that there’s no indication that those two are a package deal. They will decide independently.

David Cornwell Set to Visit

Cornwell will swing through Blacksburg sometime in the next few weeks. I don’t know if a specific date has been nailed down but he’s set to visit Virginia Tech next. I think Tech is just outside his top group, which features Tennessee and Alabama. I think the Vols, surprisingly, are emerging as the team to beat.

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In the past two months, Minor has added offers from Virginia Tech, Clemson, Miami, Nebraska, UNC, West Virginia, Washington State, Oregon State, Iowa, Wisconsin, and several others. Virginia Tech is pursuing as an athlete but I would think Minor projects as some sort of linebacker in our scheme. He has the frame to pack on some good weight and could play at 235 pounds easily.

2015 DT Darvin Taylor Adds VT Offer

Thomas Dale High School is becoming a hotbed of talent. That is, if you’re Virginia Tech. The Hokies have signed two prospects out of that school in the last three years and another Thomas Dale star, C.J. Reavis, is committed in this 2014 class. Now, Tech will head back to THDS in 2015 to try and land defensive tackle Darvin Taylor. Yesterday, Taylor added offers from Virginia Tech, Miami, and Florida State. Methinks he’s going to be a pretty big prospect.

Tech Heading Back to Atlantic High School

Speaking of fertile Virginia Tech recruiting grounds, Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, Florida has produced another talented prospect. The Hokies offered Adly Enoicy, a 6’5” 205 pound H-Back a few days ago. This is another sign that the Hokies may look to sign at least two tight ends in this class.

2015 DT Tim Settle Adds Bama Offer

There’s going to be a good battle next year between Tim Settle and Darvin Taylor for who is the best defensive tackle in-state. Settle, out of Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, picked up an impressive offer from Alabama a few days ago. The Hokies haven’t offered yet and may not offer him until they see him at camp in either June or July. North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio State, and several others have offered so far.

2015 OT Matthew Burrell Adds Bama Offer

Jeff Grimes will get to test his recruiting prowess in-state next year when he goes toe-to-toe with Mario Cristobal at Alabama for the Commonwealth’s top offensive line prospect. Burrell already holds a Tech offer and picked up an Alabama offer this week as well. Right now, Burrell is probably going to be a top five player in-state.

2015 DE Josh Sweat Adds Vols Offer

Oscar Smith High School has another impact player emerging in defensive end Josh Sweat. Sweat added an offer from Tennessee on April 30th and is on the verge of a scholarship spree in my opinion. He is an athletically gifted end with a ton of room to grow. He’s still a little light but with two years to mature, he’ll be a top seven guy in-state more than likely.

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Bill May 6, 2013 at 8:35 am

Hey Justin,

You’ve done a great job of covering the 2014 class but who are some of the top guys we should look out for in 2015? I know they’re just rising sophomores but it seems like some names are beginning to emerge.



JustinC May 6, 2013 at 9:18 am

Right now, I have about 15-20 names that have popped up in the 2015 class. I’ll give you my top 10 in VA below as well as some out of state guys to watch.

1. LB Ricky DeBerry – Richmond, VA – Big LB recruit with over 20 offers so far.
2. OG Matthrew Burrell – Fredericksburg, VA – Big OL prospect with a VT and Bama offer early
3. DT Tim Settle – Manassas, VA – Talented DT prospect with a Bama offer
4. DE Josh Sweat – Chesapeake, VA – Lanky DE prospect with a ton of room to grow
5. DT Darvin Taylor – Richmond, VA – Another big body at DT. Already holds a VT offer
6. ATH Garrett Taylor – Richmond, VA – Versatile athlete with playmaking ability. Holds a VT offer
7. LB Jahovani Simmons – Virginia Beach, VA – Another good looking inside linebacker prospect out of talent rich Ocean Lakes High School
8. WR/TE Trevion Armstrong – Chesterfield, VA – Already 6’4″ and 215 pounds, Armstrong is jumbo athlete of sorts. Has strong interest from VT.
9. DE Harry Lewis – Hampton, VA – Strong DE prospect with great upside
10. OT Austin Clark – Lexington, VA – Big OT prospect out of Rockbridge HS

Others to watch in-state:
LB Gus Little – Both parents went to VT. If VT offers there’s a very good chance he comes here. 6’3″, 210 pound ILB prospect.
DE Kenan Johnson – Another tall DE prospect. Reminds me a little of James Gayle.
CB James Brickhouse – Bayside kid who would be a lock to UVA if they offer.
WR A.J. Alexander – Probably the wide receiver in this class in-state with the most upside.
QB Mike Majette – Already holds a WVU offer but is likely a CB at the collegiate level. Very interested in VT.
WR Quincy Watts – On the smaller side but a good playmaker in the open field. Will be a high level D1 prospect.
CB Nhyre Quinerly – Another quality CB prospect with a lot of upside. Good size too.
WR Quinton Reynolds – Reminds me a bit of the Terrell kid who came from the same HS and plays for UVA. A tad on the small side but good speed.
WR Brandon Polk – Another smaller receiver. Could be a good slot option at the collegiate level.
DE Trevon Hill – Another defensive end prospect that will be extensively evaluated by both Tech and UVA. Still a tad thin at 210 pounds but plenty of room to grow.
TE Derek Wilder – The top TE prospect right now in-state. Haven’t reviewed his film yet.
RB DeShawn McClease – The next big RB prospect out of Oscar Smith. McClease may be a top 10 guy if he puts together another big season.
DE Clelin Ferrell – A early sleeper that could blow up if he hits the camp circuit this summer.

Out of State:

DB Jalen Christian – Dwight Vick’s godson with a lot of ties to Virginia Tech. Christian, who is out of Damascus, MD, will be a four star recruit. Already holds offers from VT, Ohio State, South Carolina, Nebraska, UVA, WVU, UNC, NC State, Oklahoma, and several others. Could be borderline five star if he has a great 2013 season.

DE Michael Barnett – Big DE prospect out of South Carolina that the Hokies love. Will likely be a Clemson vs. VT battle. He loves the Tigers but they haven’t recruited him much so far. They did offer a few weeks ago.

DB Rico McGraw – Probably the top safety in the eastern time zone. High on Alabama early but may visit VT this summer.

WR Dexter Neal – Big WR out of GA. High on VT, South Caroline, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt early. Seems to want to stay somewhat close to home.

OL George Brown Jr – Not sure if VT has evaluated but he is the little brother of former VT OL Aaron Brown. Brown already holds over 25 scholarship offers.

RB Bryce Love – Top RB prospect in NC. High on UNC though.

LB Jeffery Holland – One of the top LB prospects in Florida. Tech has offered along with 20 or so others so far.

WR George Campbell – One of the top WR prospects in Florida. VT is in the race early and will try to swing a visit this summer. But, all signs point to the Gators or Noles winning this one.


sparko May 6, 2013 at 8:48 am

2015 is going to be a very good class .. a bit top heavy — but very good. Some names to watch who we will be in it with that will likely be top 10 (or at least top 20) in the state and most of them in the 4-5* range:

Harry Lewis
Ricky Deberry
Darvin Taylor
Jahvoni Simmons
Garrett Taylor
Tim Settle
Trevion Armstrong

We appear to be in very good shape with Jalen Christian (out of MD, god son of Dwight Vick) and Michael Barnett (DE out of SC) as well.


hokiegrad May 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm

It’s the Auburn Tigers, not the Eagles. :)


JustinC May 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Tiger… Eagle… close enough haha!


LJ May 6, 2013 at 6:53 pm

AKA War Eagles


sparko May 7, 2013 at 8:09 am

good post justin .. looks like a good segway into a short “looking at realistic 2015 prospects” article.


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