Hokies heating up the recruiting trail

     Across the country college football recruiting is undergoing a major change because of the virus. Campuses are closed, recruits can’t visit, and coaches can’t visit homes either. It has resulted in some recruits holding back on their decisions until they find out if they can make visits, but some are making the decisions maybe a little earlier because of the uncertainly and with little information to go on, make a choice while they know they still have options to consider.
     Things have heated on the recruiting trail for Virginia Tech. In the last 10 days three recruits have committed to the Hokies. First if was 6-2, 3 star safety Will Johnson out of Leonardtown, Maryland, then 4 star, 6-3, 195 wide receiver Latrell Neville from Missouri City, Texas, and Saturday morning, 6-3, 318 defensive tackle Tyas Martin, a 3-star recruit from Jacksonville, Arkansas pledged to the Hokies.
     In all Va. Tech now has six commits. None are from Virginia. Two are from Texas, and one each from Arkansas, Maryland, South Carolina, and New Jersey. Early in the recruiting process a good week can enable a team to move up the recruiting rankings quickly, and the Hokies have bounced up the chart to 20. That’s an increase of 14 spots higher in the ratings than just 10 days ago.
     And the push might not be over for Tech. Word is that the Hokies are trying to get 6-4, 280 Lord Botetourt offensive lineman, 3 star rated Colston Powers, to flip from his commitment from Appalachian State to the Hokies.
     Also things seem to be heating up with the recruitment of 6-3, 225 three star linebacker Jack Hollifield from Shelby, North Carolina. He is the younger brother of present Hokie backer Dax Hollifield. The Hokies are also pushing hard for another wide receiver, 4 star Naquan Brown, 6-3, 205, and he is a Virginia player from Ocean Lakes in the Virginia Beach area.
     Others are also hard at work to get players to commit, and Mack Brown continues to light it up at Carolina. The Tar Heels landed one of the highest regarded running backs in the country in 4 star Kamarro Edmounds, and UNC has moved up all the way up to third in the nation on the recruiting chart.
Also this week, West Virginia landed Alabama 3 star quarterback Will Crowder and the Mountaineer class is rated 19th in the land.
By DAN CALLAHAN, The Patriot