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Virginia Tech football: Former 5-star RB in Blacksburg on Saturday

Khalan Laborn spent three seasons with Florida State.

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Khalan Laborn in action vs. Virginia Tech in 2018
Photo: Joe Rondone/Democrat

If you’ve followed Virginia Tech football recruiting for long enough, you’ll likely best remember Khalan Laborn from this commitment video.

Laborn, a five-star running back from Virginia Beach, pulls up in a Lamborghini with Florida State decals and gets out, therefore announcing his commitment to the Seminoles. It was one of the more theatrical commitments in recent years and happened almost five years ago, in July 2016.

Fast forward to 2021, and Laborn was visiting Blacksburg on Saturday. After spending three seasons in Tallahassee, Laborn was out of football in 2020 after entering the transfer portal in July 2020.

In 2016, Laborn committed to Florida State over Virginia Tech and North Carolina after both schools each felt Laborn had committed to them at various times. He redshirted in 2017 and made his debut against the Hokies in the 2018 season-opener, in which he had a 37-yard catch-and-run in a game Tech won, 24-3.

Laborn would play in just two games that season after suffering a knee injury. In 2019, he would play in 10 games where he rushed for 297 yards and four touchdowns.

It’s unclear if Virginia Tech is strongly pursuing Laborn for his remaining eligibility or is just bringing him in for a visit to see if there could be a match down the road. It is unclear if Laborn would have one or two years of eligibility left.

Virginia Tech’s running back room is full, but Laborn could bring a different element to Blacksburg.

Laborn apparently had a good time.

There isn’t a lot of clarity on Laborn’s situation so I wouldn’t expect anything anytime soon.