2005 Recruiting War Room #2: Defense
Virginia Tech Recruiting War Room – Defense
Look for Virginia Tech to take about 18-22
players in this year’s class, which is similar to most other classes. When
considering the needs on defense, defensive end is the first place to start.
Following this year, Tech will have three scholarship defensive ends for 2005.
Of course there could be some walk-ons who earn scholarships and significant
playing time, however this is where it stands right now.
Tech already has one talented end in the fold in
2004 commitment William Wall, who will attend Hargrave Military Academy for one
year. He has re-committed to the Hokies and will count towards the 2005 class,
since he never signed a letter of intent (LOI) in 2004. Defensive end may be the
top priority in the 2005 class, and re-confirming Wall is a good start.
Safety may be the second-biggest need in this
year’s class. Virginia Tech landed the likely top target for free safety from
George Washington (Danville, VA), Cameron Martin. He is a major pick-up for Tech
and goes a long way towards filling the need. Landing one more safety and at
least one rover prospect would be a nice way to finish the safety recruiting.
Last year’s class contained four cornerback
signees, all of whom show excellent talent. There was some question regarding
the most highly rated of the cornerback signees, Rod Council, and whether or not
he would still have a scholarship. It has been learned that he will, barring any
unforeseen issues, attend Virginia Tech after resolving his off-the-field
issues. It’s not official yet, but it is close. With the four cornerbacks in
the fold from last year, Tech would probably still like to land at least one
more top cornerback to continue to add to the impressive youth at the position.
The linebacker position is somewhat of a
priority, as landing at least two more top linebacker targets would provide Tech
with even more young talent. Losing 2003 signee Mike Brown, who was dismissed
from the team for disciplinary reasons, did not help the situation either. Tech
has landed one top linebacker target in Kellam (VA) middle linebacker Demetrius
Taylor. With Taylor’s commitment, Tech can focus on their other top targets at
The following players have received scholarship
offers from and have serious interest in Virginia Tech…
- DE’s: Melvin Alaeze, Everette Brown,
Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Steven Friday, Hivera Green, Barry Turner, Doug
- DT’s: Joseph Johnson, Rudy Odom, Kade
- LB’s: Brian Cushing, Charles Gamble,
Darryl Gresham, Josh Miller, Derek Nicholson, Deveon Simmons
- CB’s: Brandon Ghee, Jamar Jackson,
Malcolm Jenkins?, Jamari McCullough, Danny Oquendo, Sean Smalls?
- S’s/Rovers: Antonio Wardlow, Andre Pope
- Ath’s/JAth’s: Montario Hardesty,
Willie Harriott, Victor Harris, Marques Slocum
2005 Losses to Eligibility
Sr. Jordan Trott
Sr. Darryl Tapp
Jr. Noland Burchette
Soph. Chris Ellis.
end is probably the top need position for the 2005 class. Tech missed out
on 2004 targets Olu Hall, Mike Mangold, and Clint Sintim, which made the
need even more pressing this year. One of the top targets of the 2005
class, Antonio Appleby, surprised many by choosing UVa when Tech was
thought to be the favorite.
For 2005, Tech already has a commitment
from William Wall. Wall is big and athletic and will get more experience
in playing for Coach Prunty at Hargrave Military Academy. Look for the
Hokies to try and land at least two more prospects. They are involved with
several blue-chip targets from different areas.
DE Commitments – 1
Wall 6-3, 258, 4.6 HD Woodson (Washington, DC)
The Skinny: Wall committed to Tech for the
2004 class, however did not qualify academically. He will attend Hargrave
Military Academy for one year beginning late summer/fall of this year and
plans on signing with Tech in February of 2005. Wall remains very much
committed to Virginia Tech.
Wall is a defensive end with excellent
athleticism for a player his size. He played wide receiver for HD Woodson as
well, a testament to his athletic prowess. Look for him to play defensive
end for Coach Prunty at Hargrave as well.
DE Top Targets
Alaeze, 6-2, 270, 4.7, Randallstown
Schools: BC (OFFER), FL (OFFER), MD (OFFER), MIA (OFFER), MICH (OFFER), OSU
(OFFER), PSU (OFFER), USC (OFFER), VT (OFFER)
The Skinny: Alaeze claimed no favorites in a
June 16th update. He had this to say
about Virginia Tech.
“Virginia Tech is a good school,” Alaeze
said. “I don’t know too much specifically…just that it’s Virginia
Tech. They have a good program. They have good academics. I’ve heard there
it’s a quiet environment and there isn’t much going on, which is
probably a good thing for me. The coaches are good.”
Alaeze said the following about his list of
schools. He holds over twenty offers.
“Right now I’ll say all of the schools
are borderline,” Alaeze said. “I’ll wait to see how the summer goes
and I’ll narrow down my list my list when my season starts. Right now I
plan on taking all five official visits. I haven’t made any decisions as
to who I’ll visit.”
With as many top schools as he has on his
list, this will be a tough recruiting race. Tech is in solid shape right
Brown, 6-3, 230,
4.6, Beddingfield (Wilson, NC)
Schools: DUKE (OFFER, CAMP), FSU (OFFER), KAN ST (OFFER), MD (OFFER), NCSU
(OFFER, CAMP), PSU (OFFER), TN (OFFER), UNC (OFFER, CAMP), VT (OFFER, CAMP),
The Skinny: Brown rose quickly on
recruiting charts during the Spring. He has easily received over ten
scholarship offers. When we last spoke on May 11th, Brown said he will
make a slew of unofficial visits this summer in hopes of narrowing his
list. One of those visits may be to the July 10th Virginia Tech football
“I’m really looking forward to the
campus trips this summer,” Brown said in his May 11th update. “I’m
looking at going to [North] Carolina, Duke’s one day camp, team camp at
NC State, Wake Forest, Florida State – I just got an offer from them…that
was a big one, I’m going down to a one day camp at Virginia Tech, and I
might visit Penn State and Tennessee. These schools that I’ve mentioned,
those are just the schools that stick out right now as ones I’m highly
interested in. I don’t have any favorites right now.
“After this summer, I’ll be able to
know when I might have a decision. Depending on how everything goes, I
could decide at the beginning or middle of my season.”
250, 4.8, Hermitage (Richmond, VA)
Schools: BC (OFFER), FL (OFFER), MD (OFFER, CAMP), NEB (OFFER), PSU (OFFER,
CAMP), UNC (OFFER), UVA (OFFER, CAMP), VT (OFFER, CAMP), WVU (OFFER)
The Skinny: Fitzgerald may be the top
defensive end prospect in the state of Virginia. He holds 12 scholarship
offers and does not appear to have narrowed his list.
"Not as of right now," Fitzgerald
said on June 22nd when asked if he had any favorites. "I'm going to
focus this summer on narrowing my list to five or six schools before the
start of my senior year. I'm not sure if I can do that, but we'll see. I
do want to take some official visits. I'm not going to rush my
Fitzgerald will visit VT for the July 10th
summer camp. It will only be his second visit to Blacksburg. The first was
for the Spring game earlier this year.
"I haven't seen Virginia Tech as much
as I have Virginia,” Fitzgerald said. “I've only been down there once.
One strength for them is that they joined the ACC. When I went down there
for the Spring game they seemed to have good fan support. I didn't expect
that many people at a Spring game."
Although there were rumors recently
floating around that Fitzgerald would commit to UVa, Fitzgerald seems
genuinely open and Tech appears to have as good a shot as any.
Friday, 6-5, 215,
4.7, Phoebus (Hampton, VA)
Schools: MD (no offer), SYR (OFFER), UNC (OFFER), UVA (OFFER), VT (OFFER)
The Skinny: Though he may have a slender
build, Friday shows competitiveness, toughness, and good athleticism. Once
he adds bulk on the next level, he should become a good defensive end or
even outside linebacker, which is the position some schools are recruiting
him to play.
Though he was quiet about naming any
favorite schools when we last spoke on (June 9th), sources say Virginia
Tech is in strong position here.
“No, not yet,” Friday said when asked
if he had any favorites. “I’m not really sure when I’ll make a
decision. I do think I’ll take some official visits. I’ll probably
decide a little later, but I’m not sure. I haven’t really thought
Green, 6-5, 255,
4.8, Conway (Conway, SC)
Schools: AUB (OFFER), CLEM (OFFER), MICH (OFFER), MISS ST (OFFER), S CAR
(OFFER), SYR (OFFER), TN (OFFER), VT (OFFER)
The Skinny: I have yet to reach Green for
an update. Michigan may be tough to beat here, and Virginia Tech has to
get him up for a visit to have any chance.
Turner, 6-3, 230,
4.6, Brentwood Academy (Nashville, TN)
Schools: AUB (OFFER), FL (OFFER), MIA (OFFER), NEB (no offer), TN (OFFER),
VAND (OFFER), VT (OFFER)
The Skinny: Turner’s coach says Turner
reminds him of former Virginia Tech great Corey Moore. Turner’s offer
sheet is certainly very impressive. It may be tough to get him out of the
SEC and Miami has offered as well, however Tech is in the picture right
250, 4.75, St. Francis (Athol Springs, NY)
Schools: BAMA (OFFER), BC (OFFER), MD (OFFER), OSU (OFFER, CAMP), PSU (OFFER),
SYR (OFFER), TN (OFFER), UNC (OFFER, CAMP), UVA (OFFER), VT (OFFER)
The Skinny: Worthington is one of the top
prospects in New York. 17 schools have officially offered, with Virginia
Tech being one of the first to do so. He has serious interest in the
Hokies but has not visited.
“Virginia Tech has a great program,”
Worthington said in today’s update. “I feel like I could help the
program a lot. Coach Rogers told me they are really interested. He asked
me to tell them if I wasn’t interested in them, so they could move on if
I wasn’t. I told them I’m interested.”
Worthington is not sure when or if he will
make an unofficial visit to Tech this summer.
“I know I’m going to UNC – I’ve
already bought the tickets, Boston College, and Connecticut this summer,”
Worthington said. “I still have some open dates in there, so we’ll see
where I go with those.”
Worthington stated three schools very
likely to receive official visits.
“I’m going to take all five official
visits,” Worthington said. “I want to go to Ohio State, Tennessee, and
Alabama. All of these schools have shown me great interest and I like the
background of each school.”
Tech is included in the teams being
considered for the final two official visit spots.
“Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, and LSU are
some teams I’m considering for other official visits,” Worthington
said. “I still want to see Tech before I can decide if they are still on
my list or if I will take them off.”
Worthington’s interest in Virginia Tech
appears genuine, however it’s unclear when or if he will make a visit to
Tech (either officially or unofficially). Should know more in terms of
where Tech really stands later this summer.
2005 Losses to Eligibility
Sr. Tim Sandidge
Sr. Jonathan Lewis
Soph. Barry Booker
Soph. Kory Robertson
Soph. Carlton Powell
RS Fr. or Soph. Carl Howard
Tech landed one of its top defensive tackle targets in last year’s class
in Carl Howard. Howard is a great addition to an already solid young
foundation of Booker, Robertson, and Powell. Sandidge and Jonathan Lewis
have one more year after this year as well, so the Hokies are looking good
for this year and next. That being said, Virginia Tech would probably like
to land at least one top defensive tackle target in this year’s class.
With the depth they already have on board, the Hokies have the luxury of
going after only their top targets.
Johnson, 6-2, 330,
Varina (Richmond, VA)
Schools: CLEM (no offer, CAMP), MICH (no offer), NEB (no offer), UNC (no offer),
UVA (OFFER, CAMP), VT (OFFER, CAMP)
The Skinny: Johnson appears open to any other
schools who will offer him. It looks like he will be deliberate in his
recruiting process and may not decide until after his senior season. In a
June 10th update, Joe-Joe said Virginia and Virginia Tech are the
frontrunners but maybe only because of familiarity.
“I’d put those schools first, but that's
because those are pretty much the only schools I’ve visited,” Johnson
said. “I can’t say I have any favorites because I haven’t visited any
of the other schools who are recruiting me. I need to do that before I can
say anything. I could go to any school and adapt, I just need to find the
school that's best for me.”
UVa and Virginia Tech are his only two
“UVa and Virginia Tech have offered for
sure,” Johnson said. “A lot of other schools tell me they want to see me
at camp. Nebraska, Michigan, Marshall, NC State, Maryland, Penn State,
Clemson, Syracuse, and some others are looking at me. I can’t remember all
of them though.”
Johnson said he would like to make a decision
sometime after his senior season.
Odom, 6-5, 260,
5.04, Fontainebleau (Mandeville, LA)
Schools: AUB (OFFER, CAMP), BAY (OFFER), LSU (no offer, CAMP), MISS (OFFER,
CAMP), S CAR (OFFER), S MISS (OFFER, CAMP), OK ST (OFFER, CAMP) TT (OFFER), UCLA
(OFFER), VT (no offer, CAMP)
The Skinny: Though VT hasn’t offered yet,
it appears they may be very close judging by what Fontainebleau Head Coach
Joe Favre told me late last week.
"Virginia Tech is very excited about him
coming to their camp in July," Favre said.
Stay tuned for Odom’s reaction following
the July 10th camp.
Weston, 6-6, 312,
Red Bank (Red Bank, NJ)
Schools: BC (OFFER), FL (OFFER), FSU (OFFER), MIA (OFFER), OSU (OFFER), OKL
(OFFER), TN (OFFER), UVA (OFFER), VT (OFFER)
The Skinny: Weston appears to be very wide
open right now. One of the top defensive tackles in the country, Weston has
yet to narrow his long list of schools.
2005 Losses to Eligibility
Sr. Blake Warren
Sr. James Anderson
Jr. Aaron Rouse
Soph. Xavier Adibi
Soph. Vince Hall
RS Fr. or Soph. Andrew Bowman
RS Fr. or Soph. Maurice Reevey
RS Fr. or Soph. Brett Warren
say Virginia Tech would like to land at least two linebackers in every
class, and this year is no exception. Tech already has landed one top
in-state in Demetrius Taylor. They are in good shape with Deveon Simmons,
however Simmons may be more of a natural at the rover position. Tech has
excellent depth on the roster with young studs Adibi, Hall, and Bowman.
Reevey may play linebacker or he could be moved to offense. If he’s on
defense, he has excellent athletic potential.
Look for Tech to try and corral one more
top linebacker prospect.
LB Commitments – 1
Taylor, 6-1, 220,
4.5 Floyd Kellam (Virginia Beach, VA)
The Skinny: Demetrius Taylor is very fast
with solid size. In addition, Taylor is a strong player.
“He can run like no one his size,” Kellam
Head Coach Chris DeWitt said in an earlier interview. “He’s our fastest
sprinter. He runs a 4.5, but we’ve timed him under 4.5 before. He can
bench press 355 pounds, and his squat is huge. We do hang-cleans, and
Demetrius can hang-clean 325 pounds, which is our highest ever.”
As good of a season as he had last year as a
two-way player, an opposing coach indicated Taylor was very dominating as a
sophomore. That year, Taylor only played linebacker.
“Taylor was a good running back, but he’s
an even better linebacker,” the opposing coach said. “He was awesome
when he only played linebacker his sophomore season.”
Taylor, who was receiving interest programs
including Michigan and Notre Dame, chose Tech over an offer from Duke. He
was recruited as a Mike linebacker.
LB Top Targets
Cushing, 6-3, 231,
4.49, Bergen Cathoic (Oradell, NJ)
Schools: BC (OFFER), FSU (OFFER), MICH (OFFER), ND (OFFER), MIA (OFFER), OSU
(OFFER), PSU (OFFER), USC (OFFER), UVA (OFFER), VT (OFFER)
The Skinny: In an update last week, Cushing
said “yes” when asked if Virginia Tech is in serious contention. It does
look like Virginia Tech has some work to do in order to catch up in this
recruiting race. Cushing mentioned Virginia, Miami, Southern California,
Penn State, Boston College, and Ohio State as schools “high” on his list
Gamble, 6-3, 210,
4.4, Southern (Durham, NC)
Schools: FSU, MIA, TN, UNC, UVA (OFFER), VT
The Skinny: There have been no updates
regarding Gamble, who is one of the top overall prospects in the state of
North Carolina. His coach does not release his players lists of scholarship
offers and Gamble is no exception. Tech was involved at last check.
Gresham, 6-3, 230,
4.68, William Fleming (Roanoke, VA)
Schools: CLEM (OFFER), FL (OFFER), FSU (no offer), GA (no offer), MD (OFFER),
NCSU (no offer), NEB (OFFER), UNC (OFFER), UVA (OFFER), VT (OFFER)
The Skinny: Gresham has been tough to reach
as of late. On May 18th, he said he had no favorites.
“Right now, I don’t really have any
favorites,” Gresham said. “I’m trying to learn as much as I can about
every school. Once I learn as much as I can, then I can narrow things down.”
I hope to reach Darryl very soon for a more
recent update. Tech was one of the first to offer Gresham, who says
graduation rates will be an important issue in his decision.
“I want to go somewhere where I will
graduate,” Gresham said. “I want a good education. I want to go
somewhere that really wants me. I want a staff that I can trust and I want
to go where there are players I can get along with. And I don’t just want
to be a player. I want to be a student-athlete.”
Hayes, 6-2, 225,
4.6, Bayonne (Bayonne, NJ)
Schools: BC (OFFER), MD (OFFER), MIA (OFFER), MICH (OFFER), PSU (OFFER), RUT
(OFFER), SYR (OFFER), UVA (OFFER), VT (OFFER), WVU (OFFER)
The Skinny: Virginia Tech has recently
offered Hayes, who is one of the top prospects in the state of New Jersey.
He hopes to narrow his list to around 10 schools (per his head coach) later
this summer. Hayes boasts about 25 scholarship offers right now.
Miller, 5-11, 215,
4.5, Manning (Manning, SC)
Schools: CLEM (OFFER), FSU (OFFER), GA (no offer), S CAR (OFFER), TN (no offer),
UNC (OFFER), VT (OFFER)
The Skinny: Miller is a new name on the list.
I will confirm his offer and get an update on him soon. He plays running
back and linebacker in high school and is being recruited for both sides of
the ball on the next level.
228, 4.55, Mount Tabor (Winston-Salem, NC)
Schools: CLEM (OFFER), FSU (OFFER), GA (OFFER), MIA (OFFER), MICH (OFFER), NCSU
(OFFER), OKL (OFFER), TN (OFFER), UNC (OFFER), UVA (OFFER), VT (OFFER)
The Skinny: Nicholson will likely narrow his
list very soon. He has offers from almost every top program in the country.
Derek’s brother AJ is a sophomore linebacker at Florida State, who may be
tough to beat. UNC may be tough, as his father played football there.
Simmons, 6-0, 218,
4.5, Landstown (Virginia Beach, VA)
Schools: FL (OFFER), GA (OFFER), NCSU (OFFER), NEB (OFFER), UNC (OFFER), VT
(OFFER), WVU (OFFER)
The Skinny: Virginia Tech and Nebraska are
two schools who have been high with Simmons since the beginning, when I
first spoke to Landstown Head Coach Chris Beatty. NC State has come on
strong as well. Tech likes him as an outside linebacker/rover prospect.
"For Virginia Tech, I like the coaching
staff," Simmons said in a May 13th update. "I know them pretty
well. They are recruiting me as a safety that will come up as an outside
linebacker sometimes. So they like me as a rover.”
Simmons may have a decision before the start
of his senior season.
2005 Losses to Eligibility
Sr. Jimmy Williams
Jr. Chris Caesar
Jr. Brian McPherson
Soph. Roland Minor
RS Fr. or Soph. Rod Council (still
awaiting official word on Rod)
RS Fr. or Soph. Brandon Flowers
RS Fr. or Soph. Theodore Miller
RS Fr. or Soph. DJ Parker
appears Rod Council will indeed become a Hokie, therefore he brings a big
boost to the cornerback position. With Council, DJ Parker, Brandon
Flowers, and Theodore Miller, Virginia Tech boasts a strong corps of young
talent. Sophomore Roland Minor, a player whom the Virginia Tech coaches
love, could have a break out season as well.
For 2005, Tech has about six scholarships
out to potential prospects. It looks like they’ll take at least one,
possibly two depending on who they can get. I wouldn’t say cornerback is
a huge need in this year’s class, but adding at least one top corner
would be nice.
(Piscataway (NJ) prospect Malcolm Jenkins and Huguenot (VA) prospect Sean
Smalls may have VT offers as well. Still trying to confirm.)
CB Commitments – None
CB Top Targets
Ghee, 5-11, 178,
4.4, Jack Britt (Fayetteville, NC)
Schools: CLEM (OFFER), DUKE (OFFER), ECU (OFFER), NCSU (no offer), TN (OFFER),
UNC (no offer), VT (OFFER, CAMP?), WF (OFFER)
The Skinny: Ghee didn’t list any favorites
in a May 27th update. He did list Tennessee and Virginia Tech as possible
“No, sir, I don’t have any favorites
right now,” Ghee said. “I haven’t visited all of the schools yet. I’m
going to go to a few one-day camps this summer so I can visit more schools.
I’m undecided right now which ones I will go to. Virginia Tech and
Tennessee are most likely going to be two I go to.”
Ghee’s brother is a safety for Wake Forest,
however he says that will not be a factor. He says he will probably decide
“by the second game of his senior season,” so the summer visits will be
Jackson, 5-9, 190,
4.55, Bethel (Hampton, VA)
Schools: MAR (no offer), MD (OFFER, CAMP), UVA (OFFER, CAMP), VT (OFFER, CAMP),
WF (no offer)
The Skinny: Jamar will camp at Tech on July
10th. When asked what he likes about Virginia Tech, he said “when I'm ever
at Virginia Tech, it just feels like I'm at home. I’m also close with
Jackson said he wants to make some official
visits and may decide in February 2005. He lists no favorites right now,
however the fact that he feels “at home” at Virginia Tech is a big plus
for the Hokies.
177, 4.5, Randallstown (Randallstown, MD)
Schools: MD (OFFER, CAMP), MICH (OFFER), MICH ST (OFFER), PITT (OFFER), RUT
(OFFER), SYR (OFFER), UCLA (OFFER), VT (OFFER, CAMP)
The Skinny: Maryland is all over Jamari
according to Randallstown Head Coach Albert Howard, who says the Terrapins
have McCollough listed as their number one cornerback target. McCollough is
open, however, per his June 14th update.
“I don’t have any favorite schools,”
McCollough said. “I’m still sifting through the schools that have
offered. I’m going to take my time and wait it out. I do want to narrow my
list to a top five before the beginning of my season. Then I’ll take
visits to those schools.”
He will attend VT’s July 10th camp.
Oquendo, 6-2, 180,
4.5, Hackensack (Hackensack, NJ)
Schools: MD (OFFER), RUT (OFFER), VT (OFFER) lead BC (no offer), CONN (OFFER),
PITT (OFFER), PSU (no offer), SYR (OFFER), UNC (no offer), UVA (no offer)
The Skinny: Oquendo is a dynamic player for
Hackensack Head Coach Ralph Dass. His versatility and athleticism have drawn
him six scholarship offers. According to Coach Dass, the Tech coaches feel
Oquendo could be a “DeAngelo Hall-type player” and love his potential as
On May 21st, Oquendo listed Tech as one of
his three favorite schools.
"Rutgers is one of my top choices, and I
am most familiar with them," Oquendo said. "They are one of my
current top three of Rutgers, Maryland, and Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech is
always a top school in football...they have been in the top 25 and been to
bowl games for like eleven straight years or something. Maryland is a
prestigious program. I'm familiar with the coaches at Maryland, and I relate
with them. It's also pretty close by."
Oquendo said he would like to make unofficial
visits this summer, some official visits this fall, and may have a decision
during his senior season.
2005 Losses to Eligibility
FS Mike Daniels
FS Vince Fuller
ROV James Griffin
Soph. Corey Gordon.
Sr. Cary Wade
Sr. DJ Walton
RS Fr or Soph Purnell Sturdivant
Martin looks like an excellent free safety recruit. He provides instant
depth behind Jimmy Williams and Corey Gordon. Tech would probably still
like to land one more defensive back with the ability to play many
positions in the defensive backfield.
Safety/Rover Commitments – 1
Martin, 6-2, 180,
4.5, George-Washington (Danville, VA)
The Skinny: Martin is a hard-hitting and
savvy safety prospect. GW-Danville Head Coach Dan Newell had this to say
about his star prospect.
"I defer to what the colleges tell me,
and they like the way he plays the run from the safety position. Cameron
really fills the alleys. It's one thing to get there, but he gets there and
he's a fearless tackler. One coach described him as ferocious. He's not the
biggest guy yet, but he plays with great leverage. Cameron has deceptive
closing speed. He gets his hand on a lot of passes."
He chose Virginia Tech over offers from UVa,
Boston College, Tennessee, Maryland, NC State, UNC, Wake Forest, and West
Virginia. I have him rated the number 9 overall prospect in the state of
Pope, 5-11, 205,
4.5, Fort Hill (Cumberland, MD)
Schools: CLEM (OFFER), UNC (OFFER, CAMP), VT (OFFER) lead GA (no offer, CAMP),
MD (no offer), PSU (OFFER), WVU (no offer)
The Skinny: Pope picked up his third and
fourth scholarship offers recently from Clemson and UNC, respectively. A
physical player with excellent football instincts, Pope impressed the Tech
coaches last summer during a summer camp session. He was worked out during
the camp as a cornerback, but is being recruited as a defensive back (either
safety or corner) by Tech.
Tech is listed as one of his three favorites.
“I do have some favorites,” Pope said.
“In no particular order, I like Clemson, Virginia Tech, and UNC. Some
schools I like that I’d like to get offers from are Georgia Tech and maybe
the Florida teams like the Florida Gators.”
Tech is in good shape here, but Pope wants to
take his time in the recruiting process.
Wardlow, 6-1, 175,
4.4, Parkland (Winston-Salem, NC)
Schools: CLEM (OFFER), NCSU (OFFER, CAMP?), S CAR (OFFER), TN (OFFER), UNC
(OFFER, CAMP), UVA (OFFER), VT (OFFER, CAMP?), WF (OFFER, CAMP), WVU (OFFER)
The Skinny: Last week Wardlow stated he was
open among his 14 scholarship offers. He hopes to narrow his list this
“I’m not sure when I’ll decide,”
Wardlow said. “I plan on getting my list down over the summer. Right now I’m
still wide open. I’m really open to everybody. Everybody’s on the same
Wardlow may attend Tech’s July 10th summer
camp. He wants to visit Blacksburg to get a better sense of what Tech is all
about. He admits now he does not know much about Tech’s program.
“I plan on finding out more about Virginia
Tech when I visit them,” Wardlow said.
Ath/JAth Commitments – None
6-1, 197, 4.39, New Bern (NC)
Schools: CLEM (OFFER), MD (OFFER), NCSU (OFFER), NEB (OFFER), UNC (OFFER), VT
Possible positions: CB, RB, WR
The Skinny: The Hokies offered Hardesty
during the spring evaluation period per New Bern Head Coach Chip Williams.
Williams, who feels his star may be a better cornerback on the next level,
believes Hardesty is open among the schools who have offered.
5-9, 180, 4.3, Hyde Leadership (New Haven, CT)
Schools: BC (OFFER), CONN (OFFER), IOWA (OFFER), MD (OFFER), PSU (OFFER), RUT
(OFFER), UVA (OFFER), VT (OFFER)
Possible Positions: CB, WR
The Skinny: Willie was careful not to divulge
his favorite schools during a recent update, so it’s tough to tell exactly
where Tech stands here. The Hokies are led by primary recruiter Jim
Harris, 6-0, 180,
4.46, Highland Springs (Highland Springs, VA)
Schools: FL (OFFER), FSU (OFFER), GA (OFFER), LSU (OFFER), MD (OFFER), MIA
(OFFER), MICH (OFFER), NEB (OFFER), OKL (OFFER), USC (OFFER), UVA (OFFER), VT
Possible Positions: RB, CB
The Skinny: The best player in the state of
Virginia has narrowed his list to the twelve schools listed above. He has no
leaders among the twelve. Right now, Macho would like to take all five
official visits following his senior season.
Virginia Tech is recruiting Harris “for
whatever position he wants to play” per Highland Springs Head Coach Scott
Slocum, 6-6, 325,
West Catholic (Philadelphia, PA)
Schools: BC (OFFER), MD (OFFER), MICH (OFFER), MICH ST (OFFER), SYR (OFFER), UVA
(OFFER), VT (OFFER), WISC (OFFER), WVU (OFFER)
Possible Positions: OL, NT
The Skinny: Though Slocum has some work to do
academically in order to qualify, it hasn’t stopped most of the country
from recruiting him. He seems wide open at this point in the process.
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