As the summer months are upon us, that usually means one thing for Hokie football fans...Verbal Commitments, aka Commits! Summer camps are in full swing, kids are on summer break and have time to make visits while many prospects are trending towards making their collegiate intentions known before the start of their respective high school senior campaigns.
THE NEWEST HOKIE COMMIT
Last time we were talking about our two new defensive tackles in Harry Lewis and Eric Whitehead. Since then, Bud Foster's defense acquired a new commit from Outside Linebacker Carson Lydon from Tarpon Springs, FL.
Lydon, a composite three-star prospect (247sports) stands 6'1" and tips the scales at 231lbs. He held nearly 20 offers, most notably from Wisconsin, BC, Duke, NC State, Syracuse, UCF and Wake Forest.
Here is a clip of Lydon from an Orlando Nike Combine earlier in the year:
It looks like Lydon could compete for early playing time on special teams as seen on his highlight reel, a more athletic version of Jack Tyler with similar build now as a soon to be high school senior! He currently plays OLB for his East Lake High School team but I'd expect him to move inside to the "Mike" linebacker position when he arrives at VT.
Check out more highlights for Lydon from his Junior season courtesy of Hudl.
UPCOMING ANNOUNCEMENTS AND MOVEMENT:
Adonis Alexander, 6'3", 195lb Safety out of Charlotte, NC (Independence High School) is expected to make a decision regarding his college decision in the near future. Alexander, who holds six offers is a projected heavy VT lean with his other offers coming from ECU, Wake Forest, ODU, Appalachian St, and Charlotte.
FOUR STAR DE FROM RICHMOND PLEDGES TO CLEMSON:
Clelin Ferrell, a stud four-star defensive end out of Richmond, VA (Benedictine) verbally committed this afternoon to the Clemson Tigers. This is a big blow to the Hokies, who early on were thought of as the favorites to land the big 6'5", 225lb prospect. Defensive End is a big priority for Tech who are still in it for other big time prospects in-state.
It's Official, I'm Official Committed To The University Of Clemson, #WeTooDeep— Panthero (@Cle_Missile) June 4, 2014
Our future O-Line will have its hands full when he starts playing:
DECISION LOOMING FOR OLNEY, MD PRODUCT:
Darius Fullwood, 6'4", 240lb three star defensive end from Olney, MD (Good Council) will make a decision on 6/28/14 according to 247 sports. Currently, Fullwood's top five consists of OSU, Miami, VT, GT and Kentucky. Fullwood has over 20 offers, some coming from the likes of Alabama and Florida St. It appears the Hokies will have an uphill battle to gain Fullwood's commit as the Ohio State Buckeyes appear to be his favorite.
Check out Fullwood's Junior Season film:
FOUR STAR OL FROM LEXINGTON, VA TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT NEXT WEEK:
is set to make an announcement on May 12th for his college destination. The 6'6", 300lb OT will make his decision at 6pm on a local TV news station.
His top seven at the moment still remain, but the Tennessee Volunteers seem to be the heavy favorite.
My Top 7 pic.twitter.com/m40aLyavAe— Austin Clark (@AustinClark76) April 24, 2014
Checkout Ricky's previous article on Clark in case you missed it: Austin Clark Article
HOPEWELL'S DARRELL TAYLOR LISTS HOKIES AS A TOP CONTENDER:
The Hokies started a year early at Hopewell high school in landing 2014 recruit Tabyus Taylor. This year, it's big time defensive end Darrell Taylor who is a composite four star prospect (247sports) who holds over 20+ offers from some of the biggest names in college football.
Here is a recent article and interview of Taylor from the Columbus Nike Football Training Camp:
His favorites are VT, Florida, Tennessee, Miami and Ohio St. The Hokies need to keep this top player in state as the need for DE is of utmost importance.
HOKIES LOOKING AT ANOTHER QB?
Stemming from the Columbus Elite 11 regional combine, Quarterback James Morgan from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Morgan is a three-star (247Sports) and continues to gain interest. The Hokies have yet to offer, but Coach Loeffler continues to monitor his progress.
Morgan looks impressive and composed sitting in the pocket with a strong arm:
The VT Football program is in the process of hiring two additional positions to aid in recruiting as tweeted in late March by VT beat writer Andy Bitter in an interview with AD Whit Babcock:
In answering question re: hoops assistants, Babcock said football staff "is a little lean." Said VT's added couple positions for recruiting.— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) March 24, 2014
Virginia Tech had officially posted the jobs (sorry folks, they're not up anymore) but the job descriptions were as followed:
Director of Player Personnel for Football in the Athletics Department (with memberships in NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Coast Conference). This position is a 12-month full-time professional faculty appointment. This position reports directly to the Associate Athletics Director for Football Operations. Will coordinate daily recruiting operational and logistical processes within the football program.
Director of High School Relations for Football in the Athletics Department (with memberships in NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Coast Conference). This position is a 12-month full-time professional faculty appointment. This position reports directly to the Director of Player Personnel for Football. Responsible for assisting with all on campus football recruiting efforts.
I'm sort of confused and a little baffled by this actually. You would think that the top dog sport, the top revenue generating machine for your university would NEVER be understaffed, especially when it put us at a recruiting disadvantage as compared to most top flight football schools. Is this Weaver's doing to save a few bucks?! I shake my head. All hail Boss Babcock for straightening things out and providing our programs with the best tools and personnel they need to be successful!