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Recruiting Update: 1/16/21

By Evan Norris | January 16
Virginia Tech's Merryman Center

It has been a very busy time in terms of recruiting for the Virginia Tech Hokies. And it can be very hard to keep up-to-date on everything going on. In spite of that, we are going to go over some of the more important storylines regarding Virginia Tech Football Recruiting right now.

Hokies Land in 4-Star CB's Top 12 - The Hokies found themselves to be amongst 11 other programs when 2022 CB Daylen Everette announced his Top 12 list on Friday. The 6'0, 180 pound cornerback, who happens to be a Virginia native, narrowed down his schools after finishing up a championship-winning season with IMG Academy.

Daylen is listed at a 0.9724 rating, which lands him at 65th nationally and 7th in Florida. According to 247, the Hokies are in great standing with the 2022 target being in the running with Clemson, Florida, and Florida State respectively. This will be a recruit to keep all eyes on going into the 2022 recruiting cycle.

Early Enrollees Report to Campus - Merryman Center hosted the first round of the 2021 Commits for the Hokies on Friday. Some of the notable names amongst those who reported were TE Jack Hollifield, DB Jalen Stroman, and WR Jaylen Jones. The social media team for Virginia Tech Football posted an inside look of the players arriving on Twitter.

The rest of the commits for the 2021 class are set to arrive in the summer in time for workouts. This should be a solid class for the Hokies in terms of producing depth all around the board. Feel free to give a shout or wave at the new commits on campus if you see them around!

3 Transfer Portal Commitments - This was an entertaining week for the Hokies through means of the Transfer Portal. The Hokies managed to pull in Clemson DT Jordan Williams, Texas A&M QB Connor Blumrick, and South Carolina K Will Ross. It looks like the Hokies are acknowledging their lack of depth at certain positions on the field and are aiding that with the Transfer Portal.

However, the landing of Jordan Williams means more than what meets the eye. Jordan was a 757 recruit, who the Hokies failed to land in the 2017 class. It seems that the defensive tackle is coming to Blacksburg with a mindset of excelling expectations for his home state. This landing is only going to gain some eyes from the 757 region, which the Hokies have lost some connections to over the years. It will be interesting to see the strategy this staff tries out to rekindle those connections.

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DT Jordan Williams, QB Connor Blumrick, K Will Ross

Staff Visits 757 School - It was reported on Friday that the pair of Defensive Tackle Coach Darryl Tapp and Cornerbacks Coach Ryan Smith were visiting Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia. Later that day, the Hokies issued out some offers to local recruits such as 2024 DB Asaad Brown II.

It appears that the Hokies are making necessary visits to talent producing high schools in the state. Hopefully this trend continues to go upward, as the Hokies are working towards gaining back trust from their home state.