It’s been a busy month for the Virginia Tech Hokies on the recruiting trail, and that continued on Monday when three-star offensive tackle Johnny Garrett announced his future intentions.
Garrett, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound offensive tackle from Boston College High in Scituate, Massachusetts, chose the Hokies over Boston College. Garrett was in Blacksburg over the weekend on his official visit after receiving an official offer earlier this month.
The most interesting aspect of Garrett’s recruitment is how the Hokies land an offensive lineman from Massachusetts who had an offer from B.C. Traditionally, the Eagles recruit well in trenches and, under second-year coach Jeff Hafley, are recruiting better overall the last two cycles. So, I would consider this a win.
It is important to note that Garrett has played tight end in high school and is new to offensive tackle, having moved there for his junior season. With his size and feet, he is the perfect candidate. He has a great frame in which he can easily add 30-40 pounds of muscle and help Virginia Tech early in his career.
In these offensive line evaluations, VT offensive line coach Vance Vice has earned the benefit of the doubt. Look no further than players like Christian Darrisaw, Luke Tenuta and Lecitus Smith, to name a few. None of these players were prized prospects coming out of high school and came to Blacksburg and became multi-year starters. Tenuta and Smith will follow Darrisaw to the NFL soon.
In the past, Virginia Tech has done well with former tight ends moving to the offensive line. Smith is the latest example of that success.
Garrett is commitment No. 11 in the 2022 class and the fourth offensive linemen. We knew the Hokies would go heavy up front in this class, and that’s exactly what has happened. And, they aren’t finished.
Welcome to Blacksburg, Johnny.