In a move that was not unexpected, news broke that Patrick Kearns committed to Virginia Tech this morning. Per 247sports, Patrick Kearns, a three-star tackle from Rome, Georgia, committed to Tech at the big barbeque this weekend.
News on Kearns was that he wanted to commit by the end of July, with Virginia Tech leading NC State, Georgia Tech, and Kentucky through his recruitment. He'd expressed a love for the feeling he had with the program, Tech's academic prowess, as well as the connection he'd built with OL coach Stacy Searels. He's unofficially visited the campus several times, and has now made his rumored favorite his official choice.
Kearns grades out as a tackle, if only because his frame is narrower and more athletic than the stockier guards Tech usually prefers. He plays on the left in high school, which is definitely a place that the Hokies can use the depth. A first team Georgia OL as chosen by the GA coaches' association with an impressive SAT score to boot- first time I've seen an SAT on a Hudl tape- he's more than capable of being an eventual starter with his attitude and his strength. You can read my further in-depth look at Kearns in my offensive line recruiting preview here, but suffice to say that he'd be a great young addition to the offensive line and the type of player Coach Searels looks to rebuild our faulty depth and talent with.
Congratulations Patrick on choosing the Hokies!