Two Hokies earn their 4-Star Status
The 2021 Virginia Tech Recruiting class was surrounded by a clouded perception, as most players were not able to be reevaluated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in due time, two of our very own signees out of the 2021 Recruiting Class, DJ Harvey and Keli Lawson, have earned their 4-Star status from 247 Sports. This makes the pair the only 4-Star rated players for the Hokies in their 2021 class thus far.
DJ Harvey reigns out of Sierra Canyon High School in California, and served as the Hokies highest rated signee out of the 2021 class. Last week Harvey earned his converted fourth star from 247 Sports that moved him into the sole role of the only four star in the 2021 group for the Hokies at the time.
This came as a result of an impressive senior season from the California native. Harvey and the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers found their way to a 3rd consecutive victory of the Gold Coast Championship, this time winning over Paraclete High School (CA). These factors led to Harvey getting his .90 rating (4-Star) from the 247 Sports team. Harvey will come in this summer and is expected to take a nice load of reps at cornerback for the summer practice sessions.
Keli Lawson flew under the radar of many during his high school recruitment. Many believed that Lawson would have problems living up to his former self after suffering a knee injury during his junior year. However, this turned out to be a risk well worth taking for the Virginia Tech staff and it paid off handsomely. After a very impressive senior season for Lawson, 247 Sports decided to give the Virginia Tech signee his fourth star.
Lawson made a large jump from his original rating of a .84 (3-Star) and moved up to a .90 (4-Star) according to the 247 Sports ratings. And mixed with a great athletic background of football, basketball, and track, Lawson looks to bring his large 6-4, 200 pound frame to Blacksburg to make an impact early on. Many need to be on the look out for Keli Lawson to make a major impact for the Hokies, regardless of what side of the ball he will be playing.
The Hokies now shift their recruiting focus on the 2022 Recruiting Class and look to add even more 4-Stars than their previous class. And looking at the recruiting board at this point in time, the staff should be more than able to match the 2021 class in its number of 4-Stars and possibly land even more. It will be interesting to see how the 2022 class shakes out for the Hokies through the summer. All eyes land on the recruiting staff, now led by newly-promoted Director of Recruiting Beau Davidson, to secure more 4-Star caliber players for the 2022 recruiting class.