Football Recruiting Update: 4/23/21
Now that spring practice has closed here in Blacksburg, Virginia, the focus shifts onto the 2022 recruiting class. And with another commit in the boat, Justin Fuente and company are looking to correct their mistakes from previous years and secure a solid recruiting class for the Hokies. Let's go over some of the top headlines from the past week in the world of Virginia Tech recruiting .
Jafar Williams looking to secure Florida WR - Announcing his Top 8 last Saturday, WR Quan Lee out of Gainesville, Florida decided to keep the Hokies in the race for his commitment. The Hokies stood along other schools like Miami, Penn State, and Nebraska in the decision by Lee. And now with a commitment date set for July 7th, we will find out soon if the Hokies did enough to land Quan Lee.
Currently rated at a .87 composite (3-Star), Quan Lee ranks as the 668th player nationally in the 2022 recruiting class. His current measurements sit at 6-0 for height and 175 pounds for his weight. When viewing his film, it is easy to see how Lee can be implemented into the Virginia Tech system. First, Lee displays a great deal of speed that aids him on outside routes, as well as kick returns. Along with this speed, the ability to shift quickly in the face of the defense to avoid tackles has helped him greatly. Expect to shere more about Quan Lee in college football world whether he decides to be a Hokie or not.
"Reach For Excellence" Announced - 4/20 was the date for the Virginia Tech Athletic Department to announce a new budgeting plan for the school's athletics. The plan called for $400 Million Dollars to be put into Hokie athletics for the next 6 years. This will umbrella under the school's "Boundless Impact" plan that is aiming to bring $1.5 Billion Dollars to Virginia Tech campuses.
This plan comes with a very special section known as the "Football Enhancement Fund". This fund will go directly to improving the football department across the whole board. In fact, the exact numbers go as followed: $5 Million for Recruiting Positions, $10 Million for Assistant Salary Pools, $5 Million for Quality Control Staff, $2 Million for Student Athlete Development, and $8 Million for Facilities.
This is an exciting time to be a Hokie athletics fan, as this budget should allow the school to boost to the top of the nation's elite in sports. Also, a sense of pressure to perform at the upmost tier of athletic performance, amongst many other blue bloods, will weigh on the athletic department to bring the best to Blacksburg.
Vice Squad adds another Member from Texas - Texas to Virginia Tech seemingly strikes again thanks to the commitment from Texas Offensive Guard, Johnny Dickson. The Corpus Christi native announced his commitment to the Hokies on Wednesday, when he announced he would be joining the Vice Squad. The Hokies beat out others like Arkansas, Nebraska, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma for Dickson.
The Texas offensive lineman is rated at a .88 composite (3-Star) and ranked at 13th nationally for his position. His current measurements sit at a 6-3 height paired with 280 pounds on his frame. When watching his film, you can see the Dickson is a solid, immovable piece of the offensive line. Dickson performs his role on the line extremely well and should be able to integrate into Virginia Tech's system well under Vance Vice.