Josh Sweat Takes His Official Visit to Virginia Tech


Oct 4, 2014; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams (12) is sacked by Virginia Tech Hokies defensive end Ken Ekanem (4) during the second half at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The Virginia Tech Hokies won 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Tech Hokies have had some big visits this fall with plenty of top prospects making official visits to Virginia Tech led by LSU commit Kevin Toliver and uncommitted DT Tim Settle. The Hokies are hopeful to get Settle while Toliver seems unlikely to flip and Jalen Dalton committed to North Carolina.

However, the Hokies receive their most important official visit in not only this recruiting cycle but the last few recruiting cycles.

For those who don’t know, Josh Sweat is arguably the top recruit in the Class of 2015 with 247 Sports ranking him as the best in the nation while Rivals and ESPN both have him as the fifth best recruit. Sweat is also the consensus best recruit in the state of Virginia by 247 Sports, Rivals, and ESPN.

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Sweat took his first official visit to Ohio State back in early September and saw the Buckeyes lose to the Hokies in one of the biggest upsets of the season. Ohio State currently seems like a long fourth choice to get Sweat with the five-star defensive end seeming to be down to a final three of Virginia Tech, Florida State, and Georgia.

Two weeks ago, Sweat took his official visit to Georgia and followed up the next week with an official visit to Florida State. Both of these official visits apparently went very well but a lot of analysts still believe that the Hokies are slight favorites for Sweat.

However, this weekend will have a huge impact on whether the Hokies are able to get Sweat or not especially since he will make his decision after this visit and announce it next week before enrolling at that school in January.

Virginia Tech recruiting coordinator Bryan Stinespring has been the primary recruiter for Sweat and it will be up to not only Stinespring but Frank Beamer, Bud Foster, Charley Wiles, and the whole Virginia Tech coaching staff to close the deal for Sweat.

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The Hokies have had some issues closing the deal for big time recruits with Kendall Fuller being one of the rare exceptions. The Hokies’ latest failure on the recruiting trail was Jalen Dalton as Beamer and company were unable to close the deal for the four-star defensive end from North Carolina.

Virginia Tech also failed to bring any of the three five-star recruits from the previous class to Blacksburg while Virginia was able to bring two of those three to Charlottesville including Quin Blanding who will most likely be a Freshman All-American.

The Hokies have missed on their fair share of big time recruits in the past but Josh Sweat is one player that the Hokies can’t miss on.

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