The Hokies landed their sixth commitment of the 2018 class on Thursday, as 3-star defensive end Joe Kane announced that he’ll attend Virginia Tech
The Virginia Tech Hokies landed their sixth recruit of the 2018 class on Thursday, as Joe Kane, a 6’3″, 265 lbs. defensive end out of Wake Forest, North Carolina announced his verbal pledge on Twitter.
Kane committed to the Hokies over Wake Forest, Appalachian State, and UMass. It was a relatively swift process between the program and Kane, as the coaching staff extended a scholarship offer at the beginning of April. After attending senior day in Blacksburg and coming away convinced, Kane wasted no time announcing that he would play college football for the Hokies.
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At 265 lbs., Kane will more than likely project to defensive tackle, given Bud Foster’s track record with players of similar size to Kane. With the defensive line depth currently pegged as a clear area of concern, Kane’s commitment couldn’t come at a better time.
With defensive end Ken Ekanem and defensive tackle Woody Baron graduating from the 2017 roster, the Hokies are noticeably thin on the defensive line as a whole, but specifically at defensive tackle.
The Hokies only brought in two players at defensive tackle in 2017, with J’Brill Glaze and Robert Porcher IV becoming the only interior lineman to sign with the program.
Joe Kane becomes the first defensive tackle in the 2018 class to commit, but will certainly not be the last, as the position will likely remain an emphasis throughout the remainder of this recruiting cycle.