Nov 28, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers quarterback Greyson Lambert (11) is hit as he passes the ball as Virginia Tech Hokies defensive end Dadi Nicolas (90) and linebacker Deon Clarke (40) defend in the first quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
The Favorite: Virginia Tech
Throughout this process, the Hokies have been the favorite with Florida State and Georgia leading the charge of other contenders. Today, the Seminoles seem like the biggest threat to beating out the Hokies for Josh Sweat. However, the Hokies know that Sweat is a must-get recruit for them, especially after not getting a single one of the three five-star recruits in the state of Virginia last season.
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One of the biggest advantages for the Hokies is the proximity to home for Sweat, especially with it being much easier for his family to travel regularly to games at Lane Stadium rather than any other contender. Also, Sweat would get to work with arguably college football’s best defensive coordinator in Bud Foster and one of the best defensive line coaches in Charley Wiles.
The struggles for the Hokies over the last three seasons definitely hurts on the recruiting trail, but the passion of the fans during that time, despite the struggles, has to be a boost. The Hokies have had lots of stability though there is definitely a decent chance that Frank Beamer will be on a somewhat hot seat next season.
However, one x-factor in the Hokies’ favor is the fact that his parents seem to prefer Virginia Tech relative to the other top contenders. This decision is Sweat’s but his parents definitely can have an impact on this decision whatever way they lean. Virginia Tech also has former Oscar Smith players on their roster including J.C. Coleman while also having a commitment from his teammate, three-star running back Deshawn McClease.
Based on all of these factors, the Hokies are the favorites for Josh Sweat but this is an open race.