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Virginia Tech football: Hokies pick up first commitment for Class of 2021

Welcome, Jalen Hoyle

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The Virginia Tech Hokies finally picked up a commitment on Monday afternoon as three-star defensive back Jalen Hoyle announced he was heading to Virginia Tech, via his Twitter.

Hoyle, a 6’0”, 175-pound safety prospect from Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, N.J., is Tech’s first commitment for the class of 2021. Hoyle is listed as the No. 25 safety for the class of 2021 and the 14th-ranked player in the state of New Jersey. His primary recruiters were Brian Mitchell and Justin Hamilton.

There isn’t a ton of film out there on Hoyle right now to evaluate. In the next few weeks, we’ll try to dig into his tape and give a proper evaluation. According to 247Sports, Virginia Tech was Hoyle’s first offer and he quickly accepted. The coaching staff seen something they liked in Hoyle and brought him into the fold early. Evaluation is going to be key for this staff and as we’ve seen with some other players, once a kid picks up an offer, his name is out there and more offers will come. Let’s hope the Hokies found a gem in Hoyle.

It is interesting Tech’s first commit for the class is a defensive player, considering Bud Foster’s impending retirement. This would seem to indicate that Hamilton—who coaches the safeties—is expected to be around in the future.

We’ll keep you posted on all recruiting news and hope to have more on Hoyle in the coming weeks.

Welcome aboard, Jalen.