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Virginia Tech football: Shawn Asbury II commits to the Hokies

Asbury is a three-star CB from Stafford, Va.

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Caleb Farley celebrating an interception in 2019.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies added another player to their 2021 recruiting class on Sunday night when three-star cornerback Shawn Asbury II made it official.

Asbury is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback from North Stafford High in Stafford, Va.

The Hokies just offered Asbury on Wednesday of last week and it wasn’t long before he informed the staff he was committing to the Hokies. He made the announcement official on social media.

Asbury is another prospect that isn’t going to wow you. Virginia Tech fans had high hopes that the cornerback it would be getting in 2021 from the Commonwealth would be five-star Tony Grimes from Virginia Beach. Despite offering Grimes before anyone, he was never seriously considering the Hokies.

In the brief amount of film I watched on Asbury, I liked him. He is athletic with solid footwork and appears to be a college cornerback. In recent years, some Virginia Tech recruits who played corner in high school, ended up transitioning to safety in college. Asbury appears set to be a corner.

I like Virginia Tech offering Asbury. The Hokies need to make a more concentrated effort on the region. The dalliance with Texas brought mixed results but was mostly disappointing outside of Alec Bryant and Robert Wooten.

Tech is behind in different areas of Virginia right now. Fortunately for the Hokies, it appears new defensive coordinator Justin Hamilton and defensive line coach Darryl Tapp — two former Virginia Tech greats from the state of Virginia — realize the importance of rebuilding relationships throughout the state.

And the best thing about Asbury was he wanted to be a Hokie. Sure, you ideally want to sign all four- and five-star kids but that just isn’t going to happen for Virginia Tech. You have to be right in these evaluations.

Asbury is the first cornerback for the Hokies in the 2021 class.