The Virginia Tech Hokies have taken some hits with their in-state recruiting recently, but the program has the right combination of good relationships and roster openings to land 5-star defensive end Josh Sweat.
Tech is still reeling from the loss of major in-state defensive prospects like Quin Blanding, Andrew Brown and Derrick Nnadi to fellow ACC schools last recruiting cycle, which makes signing the Chesapeake, Virginia, native the team’s absolute top priority.
But while the Hokies might not have the best recent record with major prospects, Sweat already seems to be leaning their way.
Sweat told 247Sports’ Evan Watkins that he plans to use one of his official visits to stop in Blacksburg (subscription required), and the recruiting site’s Crystal Ball prediction puts Tech in a tight battle with Florida State for his services.
The Hokies lost out on a very similar head-to-head matchup with the Seminoles last year—FSU’s Odell Haggins outmaneuvered Tech to land Nnadi on national signing day in 2013.
However, this time around, the Hokies should have enough to make a big splash and sign Sweat.