Well, after a prolonged period of quiet (seriously, the Hokies’ last 2018 commitment was back in November when Chamarri Conner committed), it looks like #ExitLight18 might light up a bit. A bit ago, Virginia Tech received a commitment from Nasir Peoples, a defensive back from Archbishop Wood in Pennsylvania. We were Peoples’ first offer- shortly followed by Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Boston College. Peoples is currently rated as a three star prospect by Rivals, but is unranked by 247 and Scout and has no profile on ESPN. He’s the second (as far as we know, I’m unclear on where they want to stick Thompson, but I assume WR) defensive back commitment, and the Hokies’ potential first recruit from Pennsylvania since the class of 2014 (Shai McKenzie, Andrew Ford, and Eric Gallo). His team won the AAAAA Championship for Pennsylvania last season, and he is teammates with a tight end target for the Hokies, Kyle Pitts.
Let’s glance at his tape.
Nasir Peoples (Westminster, PA. 6’-0”, 185lbs. Cornerback/Safety)
(Note: Game audio has some mild profanity/blasphemy and is kind of loud.)
Peoples is definitely a strong safety type like Scout quotes him as saying where the Hokies like him. That’s Rover in Bud’s system. He’s a typical Virginia Tech hard-hitting safety with some good ball skills. I like how he squares and forms up before pretty much each tackle, and that gives him a huge advantage over a lot of other defensive backs that won’t tackle. His speed is alright- could be better, could be worse, but he rarely has to run flat out because he puts himself in pretty solid position to make each play. He’s pretty good at wrapping up his targets and has alright size for what the Hokies would ask of him. At the very least he looks to be a long-term special teams player.
Welcome to the Hokies, Nasir. Tell your teammate he can join up anytime, too.