It’s gameday in Blacksburg as the Virginia Tech Hokies host the Furman Paladins on the gridiron. So, naturally, most of our attention is focused on that, regardless of the opponent. However, Virginia Tech basketball Mike Young is also having a big weekend.
The Hokies are hosting two huge potential recruits in Henry Coleman and Xavier Foster. Coleman, a four-star forward from Trinity Episcopal in Richmond has some Hokie connections as his father, Hank, was a standout linebacker for the Virginia Tech football team in the early 90s. Coleman is a 6’6”, 210-pounder and is the No. 39 overall player in the country for the class of 2020.
Virginia Tech official visit this weekend!!— Henry Coleman III (@hencoleman3) September 12, 2019
Foster is a 7’0”, 225-pound center from Oskaloosa, Ia. A four-star prospect, Foster would bring a different element to this program. As you know, the Hokies have struggled to get big guys here. Pulling Foster out of the midwest could be tough, but do not count on Young and his staff. Iowa and Iowa State, predictably, appear to be the biggest obstacles in getting Foster to Blacksburg.
The Hokies are already off to a strong start in the class of 2020 with a couple of four-star wings already committed in Joe Bamisile (6’5”, 175) and Darius Maddox (6’4”, 180). Bamisile is from Richmond while Maddox is playing at famed Oak Hill Academy this season. The possible addition of Coleman and Foster would give the Hokies four of the top 85 players in the country.
Unfortunately for the Hokies, they are battling Duke for Coleman. The hope is that Duke is waiting for other highly-ranked players to decide and Coleman decides to choose the Hokies.
The Hokies are certainly rolling out the red carpet for Coleman and Foster as Young and incoming freshman, Jalen Cone, are at the football game with the potential recruits.
For all of the criticism the Hokies received for hiring Young, well, as usual, people tend to jump the gun a bit. We know Young can coach, but there was a concern he wouldn’t be able to recruit at this level. Give credit to Young for hiring a good, well-connected staff that is doing big things on the recruiting trail competing against Duke, Virginia, UNC and Louisville for some of the best players in the nation.
Now, let’s hope the Hokies receive some good news after these visits conclude.