Nov 30, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster (left) talks to his players against the Virginia Cavaliers in the third quarter at Scott Stadium. The Hokies won 16-6. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies have had some recruiting success recently with the additions of 3-star DE Trevon Hill and 3-star OLB Damien Dozier ending the Hokies’ Class of 2015 drought. Virginia Tech has been busy recruiting some talented defensive backs with tons of upside as they currently have 4-star cornerback Mook Reynolds and 3-star cornerback DuWayne Johnson committed.
However, the Hokies are still aggressively going after more defensive backs.
Adonis Williamson is a 3-star cornerback prospect out of Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, Indiana and is an under the radar guy to watch. Williamson is ranked as a 3-star by both 247 Sports and Rivals with 247 Sports having him as the 57th best cornerback and Rivals having him as the 56th best cornerback. Williamson is ranked by Rivals as the 14th best player in Indiana while 247 Sports ranks him as the 13th best player in his home state.
Williamson has been a very productive player in high school as he had 49 tackles and 7 interceptions as a junior as listed by 247 Sports which is very impressive. Another intriguing thing with Williamson is his size at 6-1 as there has been a trend of football teams at all levels wanting more size at cornerback. The Hokies know how to develop taller defensive backs as proven by former Hokie Kam Chancellor and current Hokie Brandon Facyson.
Recently, Adonis Williamson named his top three via a report from Evan Watkins of VT Scoop and the top three was a very interesting group.
"Arsenal Tech (Indianapolis, IN) defensive back Adonis Williamson has named his top three programs: Missouri, Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois have made the cut."
Northern Illinois has to be the surprise of the final three with other programs like Louisville and Indiana having offered him in the past. However, the fact that former Northern Illinois defensive back Jimmie Ward was selected 30th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft has to have intrigued Williamson. Northern Illinois might be one of the final three but they definitely are the longshot.
Missouri is the Hokies’ most serious threat and this will be an interesting battle between these two programs. Missouri had a very strong season last season and the appeal of playing in the SEC is something that can be used to the program’s advantage. Also, the Tigers have had some strong defenses recently and Williamson might want to play in a SEC that has traditionally been known for strong defenses.
The Hokies are an interesting position and one of the big reasons why they are the favorites is because of the friendship between Williamson and a current Hokies’ commit as mentioned in the 247 Sports’ report.
"Williamson is very close with Virginia Tech commit Eric Whitehead."
This relationship between the two recruits from Indianapolis could be critical in helping the Hokies get Williamson. Also, Torrian Gray is arguably the best defensive backs coach in college football and the chance to work with someone who has produced tons of NFL defensive backs along with arguably the defensive coordinator in college football in Bud Foster is definitely an advantage.
Right now, the Hokies are the favorites but Missouri is definitely a threat.