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February 4, 2014
NSD: What To Expect For VT
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It's already been a solid recruiting class for Virginia Tech, with 25 players on board either already enrolled in school or solidly committed. Now, it's about putting a cap on the class.
The Hokies have six targets who will announce their intentions tomorrow on National Signing Day. Here's a look at each of them and where Virginia Tech stands on the eve of their decisions:
Derrick Nnadi, DT, Ocean Lakes (Va.), four stars, No. 81 in the Rivals100, No. 4 DT, No. 5 in VA
Nnadi has been a recruit who's marched to the beat of his own drum. He's long been thought to be a Virginia Tech lean and officially visited Blacksburg the weekend of Jan. 24. But Florida State has become a major player in the race. The Seminoles are a bit thin at defensive tackle and with Arthur Williams (commitment) possibly having grades issues, they have room to take on Nnadi's addition. Staying under the radar though, has been Virginia. Nnadi officially visited the Hoos over the weekend and is close with a number of commits and current players with Virginia. Hanging around are Ohio State and Penn State. We've heard chatter that makes a case for Nnadi to go to the Hokies, 'Noles and Hoos. It's tough to say if there's a favorite here, but the most recent chatter seems to suggest he's staying in-state.
Raymon Minor, ATH, Benedictine (Va.), four stars, No. 20 ATH, No. 10 in VA
Minor has long thought to have been a Hokies lean. Virginia Tech has recruited him as a linebacker, critical with the losses there from last fall. Minor has made many trips to Blacksburg, including an official visit over the weekend, but this has come down to his test score. If he had the qualifying test score, Virginia Tech has looked like the favorite. If not, he could go to Marshall, where he officially visited a few weeks ago. Nebraska has stayed in contact and hung around, but look to be on the outside looking in.
Isaiah McKenzie, WR, American Heritage, four stars, No. 35 WR, No. 42 in FL
For the longest time, McKenzie was 'committed' to Notre Dame. But the Fighting Irish never really accepted his commitment because he hadn't yet received the test score that would let him pass through admissions. When he did receive it and the Irish were ready to fully accept him, towards the end of the year, McKenzie decided to open things up. Oregon, Florida and others jumped in, but McKenzie also reached out to Virginia Tech coaches to express his interest. But an offer didn't come until last week, as the Hokies want him more as a returner. McKenzie did take an official visit to Virginia Tech, which seemed to have gone well. It looked like the Hokies and Ole Miss were the front-runners, along with Florida, before Georgia jumped in over the past few days with a late offer. His teammate, five-star Sony Michel, has already committed to the Bulldogs.
Javon Harrison, WR, Kathleen (Fla.), four stars, No. 42 WR, No. 47 in FL
Harrison has been one of those longest committed to Virginia Tech. He committed the same day as three-star tight end Xavier Burke, in July of 2012. This came despite Harrison having a now three-year old daughter. Still, Harrison has a good support system that's kept him with his decision. Others have jumped in, like Louisville and Florida, but the one that's made the biggest splash is Florida State. Harrison admittedly grew up a fan of the Seminoles and officially visited Tallahassee Jan. 17. Recent developments, including the decommitment of Blake McClain and the grey-shirt of Ethan Frith, should allow the Seminoles to squeeze him in. Harrison officially visited Virginia Tech Jan. 24 and saw snow for the first time in his life. It's widely thought that the sway of Florida State will be too much to overcome.
Isaiah Ford, WR, Trinity Catholic (Fla.), three stars, No. 67 WR, No. 61 in FL
Since arriving in Virginia Tech as the wide receivers coach, Aaron Moorehead has held Ford as one of the top receivers on the board. But Ford committed to Louisville over the summer, with the stipulation that he'd get a shot with the basketball team as well. Ford is a very loyal person, but still officially visited Virginia Tech in October, after staying in touch with Moorehead. But only after coach Charlie Strong left for Texas did Ford decommit from the Cardinals, earlier this year. Ford opened things up, though Virginia Tech, Louisville, South Carolina, Florida and Miami have jumped to the front as contenders. Ford though, is expected to choose from the first two.
Anthony Scott, RB, Green Run (Va.), two stars
When Virginia Tech offered Scott, in November, there was a pretty big need for a running back. But since then, the Hokies have accepted commitments from four-star Shai McKenzie and two-star Tabyus Taylor. Virginia Tech has stayed in touch and Scott officially visited Jan. 24. But with the number of running backs on board, the Hokies are looking at Scott now as a grayshirt. That's still a possibility, but Scott is more likely to choose from Old Dominion and East Carolina, his other favorites, which are both full offers.
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