Ashton White is another highly rated 2015 commit.
So far, the Hokies have earned four commits for the 2015 class, with all coming on defense.
The star of the early group is 3-star strong side defensive end Michael Barnett of South Carolina.
Defensive line coach and recruiting ace Charley Wiles landed Barnett’s commitment back in late November 2013, and he seems like the type of player Wiles is most comfortable with.
At 6’4” and 248 pounds, he has room to grow into his frame, and his 4.80 40-yard dash time indicates he has plenty of speed. Wiles fended off big schools like Florida, Florida State and Clemson to get Barnett, and it seems like a big early win for the program.
Wiles also earned the commitment of cornerback Mook Reynolds after junior day. He's a 3-star cornerback from North Carolina.
Scouts like his recovery speed and change of direction, and the Hokies beat out North Carolina and Duke for his services.
The other two recruits come courtesy of the combined efforts of wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead and defensive backs coach Torrian Gray.
Both prospects are from the Washington, D.C. area—where Moorehead has started to make major inroads in—and are athletic cornerbacks.
DuWayne Johnson, a 3-star recruit who was pursued by Georgia and Colorado, has nice height at 6’1” and committed on Feb. 8.
Ashton White, another 3-star player, committed in December 2013, but he seems like the considerably more valuable prospect. He received offers from Maryland and Florida State, with Ohio State and Georgia also pursuing him, and his 4.48 40 time is probably a big reason why.
White is technically listed as an athlete on recruiting sites, and the dual involvement of Moorehead and Gray obscures his position potential at Tech, but his experience at cornerback in high school can’t be discounted.
The 2015 class might not be huge just yet, but it’s developing well. Once new offensive line coach Stacy Searels gets a chance to get comfortable in his new position, this class has the potential to grow.