It’s not often a school picks up a pair of commitments at the exact same time.
Well, it happened late Tuesday night for the Virginia Tech Hokies when a couple of local stars in twin brothers Jorden and Jayden McDonald, officially made their college choice.
The McDonald brothers play their high school football at local powerhouse, the Salem Spartans.
After an amazing call with @coach_ham & @beau_davidson, we (@jordensvibe) decided to de-commit from ULM to stay home and join the Hokie’s family! We are looking forward to playing at Lane Stadium...Go Hokies❗️@hokiesfb !! @CoachP_eterson#HardHatMentality #ThisIsHome pic.twitter.com/ZJiT3GSOB2— Jayden McDonald (@jaybreezy_06) December 2, 2020
The brothers had previously been committed to Louisiana-Monroe.
Both Jorden (6-foot-4, 217) and Jayden (6-foot-3, 218) are listed as cornerbacks and that could change at the next level.
Since the shift to Justin Hamilton as defensive coordinator last December, the Hokies seemingly target tall, lean and athletic players who are capable of playing multiple positions. While it’s much too early to know if that strategy will pay off, it is a smart move.
The McDonald twins, Keli Lawson and Jaden Keller all fit this profile. When you aren’t routinely signing five-star talent you have to make projections. Each of these players offer potentially high upside due to their athleticism and possible positional flexibility.
It appears Hamilton played a large role in the recruitment of the brothers.
I personally like these two players. I thought the Hokies should’ve offered before. If we were in a normal high school season, I do believe you would’ve seen the recruitment of the McDonald twins take off. They are really good players at one of the better programs in the state.
With all the uncertainty currently swirling around the football program, this was some positive news.
Welcome to Blacksburg, Jorden and Jayden.