Oct 23, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden with Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Frank Beamer after the game. The Hurricanes defeated the Hokies 30-6 at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies started off the new year quite well in recruiting with the commitment of 4-star DT Tim Settle to the Hokies. Many Hokie fans were very happy to hear that Settle had committed to the Hokies after some of the recruiting losses that Virginia Tech has had this cycle including Josh Sweat and Jalen Dalton.
Unfortunately, the Hokies were not able to use that momentum to get one more recruit.
4-Star wide receiver Lawrence Cager of Baltimore, Maryland announced at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that he has committed to the Miami Hurricanes over the Virginia Tech Hokies, Alabama Crimson Tide, and Georgia Bulldogs.
This recruiting loss is disappointing, but it’s definitely not as bad as some of the other recruiting losses especially since the Hokies were not the favorite for Cager at any point. The Hokies were one of the top contenders, but Alabama seemed to be the favorite while the appeal of Miami seemed to be big for Cager.
The biggest issue for the Hokies with losing Cager is the fact that the Hokies currently do not have a single wide receiver commit. Virginia Tech does have two tight end commits in Chris Cunningham and Xavier Burke while the Hokies also have a Class of 2016 wide receiver commit, but they don’t have one in the Class of 2015.
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The only wide receiver that the Hokies have extended an offer to in the Class of 2015 that is uncommitted is three-star recruit Tavin Richardson but Kentucky seems like the huge favorite to get Richardson.
The good news for the Hokies is the fact that they brought in four wide receivers in the Class of 2014 with Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips having three years of eligibility left, and Kendrick Holland and Jaylen Bradshaw being redshirted to preserve all four years of their eligibility.
Also, Class of 2016 recruiting at wide receiver looks a lot stronger with the Hokies having WR Conner O’Donnell already committed. The Hokies also seem to be the favorite for four-star WR Tino Ellis while three-star WR Eric Kumah said the Hokies are the leaders for his commitment.
Not getting Lawrence Cager is disappointing with the lack of wide receivers in this class, but the Hokies will be fine at wide receiver with the young talent they have on the roster, and the Class of 2016 wide receiver recruiting also is going well.
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