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Virginia Tech currently has the No. 14 recruiting class for 2022

The Hokies hold commitments from 19 players.

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

After Friday’s commitment of four-star prospect Gunner Givens, the Virginia Tech Hokies have moved up to the No. 14 position in 247Sports team rankings for the 2022 recruiting class.

Since the calendar flipped to July, the Hokies have added defensive end Rashaud Parnell, running back Ramon Brown and Givens — a projected offensive lineman.

The Hokies have been red hot since June 1, when the NCAA lifted the dead period, allowing recruits to visit campus again. Virginia Tech was busy scheduling official visits for every weekend of June with most of its top prospects.

The No. 14 ranking should probably have an asterisk because the Hokies currently have 19 commitments. But, if Tech can add a couple of more pieces to its class, such as four-star corners Cam Miller and Cam Johnson, a top-25 finish is more than realistic.

Of course, the Hokies need to hold on to this class, too. When high school games start in the fall, some of these kids will receive more exposure, leading to high-profile teams pursuing some of VT’s commitments when they miss out on other players. It will happen. It always does. The Hokies must fight off those schools to keep these kids in the boat.

While it’s become increasingly easy to be pessimistic during the Justin Fuente era due to the performance on the field and recruiting, the Hokies actually have some momentum right now.

Now, the Hokies need to get off to a fast start in 2021 and keep that momentum going with a strong season.