Virginia Tech Football Recruiting: Predicting Commits That Will Sign on NSD
This past weekend was a big one in Blacksburg as the Virginia Tech Hokies hosted a number of recruits on their official visits. From all indications, it went well according to VT Scoop (subscription required). But of course, things always go well with on-campus visits, right?
As it currently stands, the Hokies have 21 verbal commitments. Four players have already signed and enrolled in classes, therefore making them eligible for spring practice.
Head coach Frank Beamer would like to add several more to this class. However, keeping each of the current verbals will be a challenge, too. Current commit, wide receiver Javon Harrison, is wavering on his commitment, and 247Sports' Crystal Ball currently has Harrison switching to Florida State.
National signing day hasn't brought many surprises for the Hokies in recent years, but things will be different this year. Outside of Harrison, we'll assume most of Virginia Tech's verbal commitments stay true to their pledges. So here are four players we expect to sign with the Hokies on February 5.
Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi: Ocean Lakes HS, Virginia Beach, Va.
Nnadi has been tight-lipped about his recruitment, and no one knows for sure which way he is leaning. He did say on Twitter today that a decision has already been made:
Just so no one thinks otherwise, I already made my decision. Its just to see if yall know
— D_Nnadi (@DerrickNnadi) January 27, 2014
The Hokies need Nnadi for this class. This is one of the better classes in the state of Virginia in recent years, and VT has missed out on some of the other top players.
Will Nnadi go with the Hokies? Or will he choose FSU or Ohio State?
Wide Receiver Isaiah Ford: Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville, Fla.
Ford originally committed to Louisville last year, but when Charlie Strong left for Texas, Ford promptly opened his recruiting back up with the Hokies in good position.
Getting Ford and Harrison would be a big boost for the Hokies on offense. Both players could see significant time on offense as freshmen in 2014. At this point, it appears Tech is in a better position to land Ford.
In addition to his ability as a receiver, Ford is also a dynamic returner. Expect Beamer to close hard and land Ford. He is crucial to the class of 2014.
Linebacker Raymon Minor: Benedictine Prep, Richmond, Va.
The Hokies don't have a lot of linebacker depth currently on the roster. Jack Tyler and Tariq Edwards, the top two 'backers from 2013, both departed. VT needs an infusion of talent at the position this year.
Enter Minor. At 6'3" and 210 pounds, Minor looks a lot like Edwards from a physical standpoint. He is a terrific athlete and could play early in his career.
247Sports' Crystal Ball projects Minor to Virginia Tech at 100 percent.
Defensive End Kevin Bronson: Village Academy, Delray Beach, Fla.
Bronson looks the part of a prototypical Virginia Tech defensive end. He is 6'4", 233 pounds and has a body that can add an additional 25-30 pounds easily without sacrificing any athleticism.
The Hokies officially offered Bronson earlier this month, and they appear to be in a good position to land him. He will, however, take an official visit to Nebraska next weekend after spending this past weekend in Blacksburg.
When it's all said and done, Tech's success in recruiting the Delray Beach area will prove vital in landing Bronson on signing day.