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Football Recruiting Update: 5/7/21

By Evan Norris | May 07
Mansoor Delane, 2022 Defensive Back Prospect

The past week of recruiting news has moved around the Virginia Tech 2022 Recruiting Board a bit. And with recruits narrowing down their lists for the summer, the Hokies look to stay on the right side of things going forward. Lets take a look at what has been going on in the world of recruiting:

#MD2VT - The Hokies have made the Top 8 list for 2022 CB prospect Mansoor Delane out of Severn, Maryland. And with things heating up between the Virginia Tech camp and Delane, the Hokies seek to keep at the top of this recruit's list. Delane made his Top 8 announcement on Twitter, announcing his top schools.

Delane is a 6-1, 178 pound defensive back prospect that the Hokies have been looking to secure as of lately. Currently, Delane is rated as a 0.8466 (3-Star) and is ranked as the 22nd player out of the state of Maryland. Seeing how the Hokies have done recently with defensive backs, bringing in a talent like Delane could only help the Hokies.

Other schools that appeared in Delane's Top 8 were Maryland, Louisville, and Boston College. So far, Delane has official visits scheduled for Virginia Tech on June 4th, Illinois on June 11th, and Maryland on June 25th.

Down to 10 - 2022 ATH Tyler Griffin out of Brooklet, Georgia has narrowed down his final schools to only ten. The Hokies were one of many, including Kentucky, Georgia Tech, and Tennessee. Griffin took to Twitter on Monday of this week to announce his schools going forward.

Griffin is a 6-4, 200 pound ATH that has many schools looking to bring him in. He currently is ranted as a 0.8678 (3-Star) on 247 Sports, and ranked at 619th player nationally for 2022 prospects. And with a strong junior season elevating him in the ranks, Griffin looks to land a coveted spot on a college roster here soon.

If we look now, Griffin only has one official visit booked for his summer, and that would be for UCF on June 11th. It will be a tough battle to reel in this Georgia native, but I think the Hokies camp can compete until the end for Griffin.

Big Dog Battle - When it comes to the recruitment of 2022 OT Elijah Pritchett, the Hokies remain in the battle. Last Sunday, Pritchett announced his Top 8 schools on Twitter, with a list that includes schools such as Alabama, LSU, USC, and Georgia.

The 2022 OT is currently rated as a 0.9473 (4-Star) according to 247 Sports and boats a ranking as the 128th player nationally. There is no surprise why we are seeing such blue bloods of the college football world pursuing this recruit.

If we look to how the recruitment of Pritchett will ultimately come down to, it is looking like a three-way race between Alabama, Georgia, and Florida State. However, with non official visits scheduled yet, the Hokies can still plant themselves as a contender in this recruitment battle.

Missing Home - The Hokies have been dropped in the recruitment of 2022 CB Daylen Everette, who is a Virginia native. Everette announced his top schools yesterday, with the Hokies not being one of those teams. The schools that made the final list include Clemson, Georgia, Oregon, UNC, and Florida State.

This comes as a shock to some, but not to all. Everette was a 0.9834 (5-Star) rated player out of the 2022 class who ranked as the 38th player in the nation. And although the home ties were strong in his recruitment down the line, the Hokies couldn't keep their name in the battle.