Nov 16, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies mascot on the field before the game at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
National Signing Day 2014 isn’t too far away from the Hokies and the Class of 2014 has been very successful so far for Frank Beamer and the Hokies with a class that is ranked 26th by ESPN, 21st by 247 Sports, and 20th by Rivals. The Hokies class is led by Ja’Von Harrison who is a four-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals, and 247 Sports; Ricky Walker who is also a four-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals, and 247 Sports; Melvin Keihn who is a rising name and has shown the talent of a four-star prospect; and Shai McKenzie who has four-star talent and is likely to join Walker and Harrison with unanimous four-star rankings when ESPN does their next update. Meanwhile, Derrick Nnadi has been talked about as the top target for the Hokies but there are plenty of other targets for the Hokies including one player that Virginia Tech is the frontrunner for.
Raymon Minor is an athlete from Benedictine College Prep in Richmond, Virginia that is one of the top targets the Hokies still have on their board despite already having 27 commits for the Class of 2014 already. Raymon Minor could end being a linebacker, safety, tight end, or even a running back and that type of versatility has helped him earn four stars from Rivals and 247 Sports but ESPN gives him three stars as they see him as a semi-skilled athlete. Minor is a player that plenty of major programs are going after and the Hokies would love to keep another player in Virginia.
The Hokies are currently the favorites despite the fact that Minor and the Hokies haven’t scheduled an official visit though an official visits seems likely before National Signing Day and Minor has made four unofficial visits while also making a semi-visit at East Carolina when the Hokies were playing the Pirates. Nebraska has seemed like the top threat to beat the Hokies for Minor but the Cornhuskers have already had there official visit which puts them at a big disadvantage. The program that has the best shot to surpass the Hokies and get Minor is Miami who brings Minor in for an official visit on January 17th. However, the Hokies will likely get the final word before Minor makes his decision and Frank Beamer has to like the Hokies’ chances to bring in a player that seems to be underrated by ESPN.