Sep 14, 2013; Greenville, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies receiver Demitri Knowles (80) is congratulated by teammate Willie Byrn (82) after a first half touchdown against the East Carolina Pirates at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies primary recruiting focus is unsurprisingly on the Class of 2015 as the Hokies will look to build another strong recruiting class. However, that hasn’t stopped the Hokies from looking ahead to the Class of 2016 and laying the groundwork for a strong class in that season. The Hokies have picked up nine commits so far in the Class of 2015 but have now added another commit.
WR Conner O’Donnell of Concord First Assembly Academy in Huntersville, North Carolina became the Hokies’ first commit for the Class of 2016. O’Donnell is a fairly unknown player as ESPN and 247 Sports do no have a rating for the 6-0, 160 pound wide receiver but O’Donnell seems likely to be a three or four-star recruit very soon.
Conner O’Donnell was originally committed to Mississippi State but decommitted from the Bulldogs last July. Meanwhile, O’Donnell also would end up gaining offers from the Hokies, UCLA, and Akron in what is a very interesting group of teams that showed interest and offered him a scholarship.
O’Donnell has route running skills that are collegiate level right now which is very impressive with the fact that he is just entering his junior year in high school. O’Donnell also has solid speed and is a guy that should get faster over the next year or two. O’Donnell is definitely a guy that could end up being in the slot or on the outside as long as he gets a little faster.
Conner O’Donnell is a solid first commit for the Hokies as they look to build a strong Class of 2016 over the next 18 months.