The Virginia Tech Hokies are on a bit of a roll on the recruiting trail recently and on Wednesday, Tech picked up another commitment.
Danijel Miletic, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive lineman from Germany, picked the Hokies over offers from East Carolina and UCF.
I am super excited to announce that I will continue my academic and athletic carrier at Virgina Tech! Go Hokies!@BCollierPPI @PPIRecruits @CoachPaulAlex @Beau_Davidson @VanceVice @coachcornelsen @CoachFuente #HardHatXXI #Hokies #Commited pic.twitter.com/OhAnKTAZ2r— Danijel Miletic (@DanijelMiletic5) June 3, 2020
While Miletic is an unranked prospect currently, there are reasons for that. One, he does not play in the United States. Therefore, he doesn’t participate in camps, take visits, etc., which is where many of these players see their star rankings rise.
From all indications, this is a good get for the Hokies. The Hokies were the first to offer Miletic last week and ECU offered on the same day. UCF offered over the weekend. Now that Miletic is on the radar, expect other offers to come, too.
Now, before fans start seeing how Miletic is not rated and do not give him a chance before he ever makes it on campus. Please, take the words of a veteran NFL coach.
Paul Alexander coached offensive linemen in the NFL for 27 years. He spent some time with the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys, but the majority of his career was spent in Cincinnati.
Alexander tweeted last week about Miletic before he even received his first offer.
Congratulations Ilija ... worked this kid l and we recommend him @IMGAcademy Boston College good move.— Paul Alexander (@CoachPaulAlex) May 25, 2020
There are great talents around the world and progressive thinking coaches are realizing that.
Whoever lands @danijelmiletic5
will be happy. USC, ND, Texas??? Others too https://t.co/RCq5maTZGR
The veteran coach truly believed in his ability and reiterated it in his very next tweet, speaking directly to some of the nation’s top programs.
I’m saying it again LOUD and CLEAR to all the D1 Coaches. (Top 10 FBS programs) @DanijelMiletic5 is the real deal. And four years from now I will be RETWEETING this TWEET and saying ... “I told you so” ..... https://t.co/TiNseJiI8w— Paul Alexander (@CoachPaulAlex) May 25, 2020
When Miletic committed to the Hokies on Wednesday, Alexander made sure to let Hokie fans know what they were getting.
Congratulations Danijel. I traveled the world this past year and worked with over 20 D1 committed players ... and this kid was one of the very best. You will do great! Congratulations Virgina Tech. Hey @247Sports, if you do International kids ... make this guy a 5star. https://t.co/YnOUDpVwAz— Paul Alexander (@CoachPaulAlex) June 3, 2020
Admittedly, there isn’t a ton of film to break down on Miletic. In this case, we trust a veteran offensive line coach who says Miletic is the real deal.
If Alexander is right, Miletic has a chance to be one of those recruits who everyone missed on and Virginia Tech became the beneficiary.
Welcome to Blacksburg, Danijel.