Let us harken back to May 18, when Devyn Ford announced his commitment to Penn State.
Virginia Tech fans were disappointed and rightly so. The Hokies pursued Ford for several years and were still spurned for an out-of-state power. The explosive talent that Virginia Tech needed in the backfield eluded them once again.
But since then, Virginia Tech has rebounded nicely on the recruiting trail. Four Class of 2019 prospects have committed to Tech since Ford’s decision, helping to boost the Hokies’ rep.
Cam’Ron Kelly kicked things off on June 7, shocking the recruiting world by picking Virginia Tech over Penn State and Clemson. Kelly is a consensus four-star prospect from Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va. and has quite the offer list. Kelly holds 41 scholarship offers, most of which are from Power 5 programs. The fact that Tech beat out Penn State and Clemson is impressive.
Kelly is an athlete but the 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect is expected to play defensive back. Given Virginia Tech’s issues at cornerback, the Hokies could use some talent there.
Jaden Payoute was the next to join the Justin Fuente Faction. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound athlete was a late riser in the recruiting rankings, cracking the Virginia top-10 on the 247Sports Composite just this month. Payoute’s offer list is far less impressive than Kelly’s, but Boston College, Illinois, Pittsburgh and Tennessee all pulled the trigger. Payoute is rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN, so he’s scrub.
Virginia Tech’s next two commitments became public in the last week. Defensive lineman Norell Pollard and tight end Nick Gallo announced their commitments to Virginia Tech on Monday and Tuesday, bringing Tech’s Class of 2019 to 10 members. Pollard, a 6-foot-1 and 260-pound prospect from Apopka, Fla., will add some beef on the interior where they desperately need it. Gallo, the younger brother of former Tech offensive lineman Eric Gallo, holds 12 Power 5 offers while Pollard owns 17 Power 5 offers.
Sure, none of these prospects are five-star players or dynamic running back talents. However, all of these recruits are more than talented enough to make an impact in Blacksburg. It’s been quite the rebound for the Hokies since things came crashing down last month.
247Sports agrees. Virginia Tech’s Class of 2019 only ranks 29th in the country but eight of the teams ahead of them have a lower average rating per prospect. Tech’s class will be smaller than most, which will prevent them from climbing much higher, but each prospect that they’re adding has plenty of qualities to be excited about.
Virginia Tech’s Class of 2019 won’t be as good as some had hoped. But so far, it’s shaping up pretty darn well. And with targets like Tayvion Robinson and Adarious Jones still uncommitted, there’s plenty of room to grow.