Long Snapper Oscar Shadley commits to Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech’s special teams resurgence continues with the commitment of long-snapper Oscar Shadley.


Shadley is a 6’2″, 230-pound prospect from Golden Gate High School in Naples (Fla). Long-snapping guru Chris Rubio rates him as the top long-snapper in this class. That makes Shadley a five-star prospect on Rubio’s talent evaluation scale.

Shadley was named the speed champion in drills this spring at Rubio’s camp. That’s an incredibly valuable attribute for a long-snapper when it comes to punt coverage.

The Tech commitment of Shadley comes over scholarship offers from Oregon, Marshall, and Florida International. Shadley also visited ACC rivals North Carolina and N.C. State this spring.

Virginia Tech special teams coordinator and tight ends coach James Shibest was the lead recruiter for the Hokies.

Shadley will play in the U.S. Army All-American game this year where he will showcase his talents on a national stage. He was also named to Scout.com’s Underclassmen All-American team in January.

This marks the 18th commitment so far in Virginia Tech’s 2018 recruiting class. The Hokies’ class is currently ranked No. 11 by Rivals.com and No. 15 by 247Sports.

Coach Justin Fuente and his staff have done an exceptional job over the first couple of recruiting cycles to revitalize the program, and the commitment of Oscar Shadley continues the strong push for talent in Blacksburg.

Shadley figures to be a key piece of the special teams unit as a freshman in the 2018 season, and should prove to be one of the most underrated signings in the 2018 recruiting class for the Hokies.