Virginia Tech has a solid 2015 recruiting class put together so far, but will look to add some big time talent to the mix. On Saturday afternoon as the Hokies square off against the Boston College Eagles many of the top talent form around the region will descend on Blacksburg. So far the Hokies have confirmed around 20 visitors, four of which will be on official visits to VT. Those four visitors are Emanuel McGirt, Lawrence Cager, Darrell Taylor and Jalen Dalton.
McGirt is a 4* offensive tackle prospect from Durham, NC. For a long time the Hokies had looked like the odd team out in his recruitment, but over the past few months Charlie Wiles (what a helluva job he is doing) has been able to keep Virginia Tech on his mind and with a visit this late in the season anything can happen.
Cager is a 4* wide receiver from Towson, Maryland. At 6-5 and 202 lbs he has the ability to make plays down the field over most defensive backs in the high school ranks. This recruitment is an interesting one as Lawrence has been high on Ohio State for quite some time, but wanted to take a look at Virginia Tech before he visits Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State. I don't feel confident that the Hokies can get him to commit, but this is how big time teams get big time recruits, every day is a battle and the Virginia Tech staff is in this one.
Taylor, who was a long time Hokie lean, committed to Tennessee a month or so ago, which was a big surprise for HokieNation and the coaching staff. Rated as a 4* prospect by 247Sports, Darrell has decided to come back to Blacksburg to take another look at Virginia Tech. I do not think the Hokies will flip him, due to some really sketchy speculation as to why he chose Tennessee, but he has had a great relationship with Virginia Tech and once again anything can happen, especially this late in the process.
Dalton is a name that Virginia Tech fans have been hearing a lot about and for good reason; this guy is a stud. Jalen might be the second best defensive end in the country behind another Hokie target Josh Sweat. He stands at 6-5 and weighs 235 lbs (which might be skewed low) and can really get after the QB. This is another stellar recruiting job by Charlie Wiles and the Virginia Tech staff because Dalton had been a UNC lean for a really long time until about 7-8 weeks ago when the Hokies made a huge push. He will be in Blacksburg for the 3rd time in nearly a month and this time for an official visit. Originally, the plan was for him to announce Sunday after his visit to Blacksburg, but that has been pushed back so that he can announce at his school. I feel really good about this one and might be a step in the right direction for other guys to jump on board.
Several other notable visitors include: Ricky DeBerry, Houshun Gaines, Nyheim Hines, Mook Reynolds and Trevon Hill.
Stay tuned to GobblerCountry over the weekend as we will report any developing stories as these talented youngsters take in Blacksburg, potentially for the last time before they commit.