Aug 30, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Frank Beamer during the game against the William & Mary Tribe at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies had a rough weekend on the field last Saturday with a surprising loss to East Carolina mainly due to one of the worst first quarters ever for Virginia Tech. Meanwhile, the Hokies did have some recruiting success as they picked up a commitment from Class of 2016 QB Logan Byrd.
This weekend is the biggest weekend for recruiting in Virginia Tech football history with four official visits, two of which are from five-star prospects.
This weekend of official visits is headlined by the number 1 recruit in college football, defensive end Josh Sweat. The Hokies are seen as slight frontrunners for Sweat with Florida State and Georgia being the main challengers, especially with the Hokies hurting Ohio State’s chances after beating the Buckeyes in Columbus with Sweat in the crowd.
This game is a great opportunity for the Hokies to make a big impression on the direction of Virginia Tech football and the progress that the program is making. The Hokies can get back to double-digit win seasons this year and the fact that Sweat could make an early impact next year on a team that could be ranked in the top 10 or 15 in the preseason is also huge.
Also coming in to Blacksburg is five-star cornerback Kevin Toliver II who is currently committed to LSU. Despite that commitment, the Hokies are still in the hunt for Toliver and this weekend is a great opportunity for Virginia Tech’s coaches to gain some momentum in trying to flip his commitment.
The Hokies have had big-time cornerbacks make impacts as freshmen including Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson last season. This pitch along with the success of Virginia Tech defensive backs at the next level will definitely be used on Toliver this weekend. Toliver projects as an early impact cornerback and having him in the fold could allow the Hokies to move Chuck Clark or Brandon Facyson to free safety.
The push for Josh Sweat and Kevin Toliver II will be big though Toliver will be the harder given that he is currently committed to LSU. The Hokies also have a couple other quality players visiting this weekend.
4-Star running back Bryce Love will also be visiting and the Hokies are the first to get an official visit. Virginia Tech has the chance to make a big impression on the speedy back this weekend which could shape this recruiting battle.
3-Star inside linebacker Victor Alexander also is visiting and despite how he is currently committed to UCLA, the Hokies have a good chance to flip that commitment. Alexander is also a teammate of Toliver’s and if both of these players have good visits, they might consider playing at the same school which could be Virginia Tech.
This weekend will be the biggest recruiting weekend in Virginia Tech football history and it is up to the Hokies’ to get the job done on and off the field.