Virginia Tech Football: Hokies On Strong Start After Recruiting Dead Period

BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 24: A detailed view of the orange helmets worn by the Virginia Tech Hokies against the East Carolina Pirates at Lane Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Blacksburg, Virginia. Virginia Tech defeated East Carolina 54-17 (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

With the NCAA recruiting dead period now over, all teams and all schools can get back to their normal levels of recruiting. The Virginia Tech Hokies football team is already on the serious hunt for high-caliber recruits. Yesterday, the Hokies hosted recruits which included walking the facilities and trying the football gear for a potential future reference.

The Hokies are currently sixth in the ACC in the 2022 Recruiting Class as well as 33rd of all the teams in the nation. This is a huge improvement from this past National Signing Day where they finished 10th in the ACC or in the year before where they finished 14th (last) in the conference.

Virginia Tech currently has six three-star prospects from the recruiting class of 2022 committed to the team. The most recent was three-star defensive end Lemar Law from Virginia Beach, who made his announcement on Twitter earlier this morning. He joins Braelin Moore as one of the two defensive linemen from the 2022 class to commit to the Hokies. Johnny Dickson from Corpus Christi, Texas remains strong in his commitment to Virginia Tech despite his recruiting profile growing. He is considered the 18th best interior offensive linemen in the 2022 recruiting class by 247Sports.

The Hokies are determined to have three-star quarterback prospect Alex Orji from Sachse, Texas firm in their 2022 class. Orji is an athletic quarterback with a great decision-making process and accuracy. He also possesses well-tuned mechanics in his throwing progression and some zip to the ball. Orji accumulated a total of 2,627 yards and 27 touchdowns in nine games this past season as a junior. He is considered a four-star prospect by ESPN 300.

The Hokies hosted multiple prospects of upcoming seniors, juniors, and sophomores in high school. One of those prospects includes four-star interior offensive lineman Gunner Givens from Daleville, Virginia. He is graded by 247Sports as the 104th best overall prospect in the nation, the fourth-best player at his position, and the fourth-best player from the state of Virginia. Another highly-caliber prospect the Hokies are looking to win over early is four-star inside linebacker Jordan Hall from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Hall currently has 11 offers as a prospect in the 2023 recruiting class.

There is still to be work to be done from the remaining offseason up until the 2022 National Signing Day. The biggest prospect that Hokies are gunning for is four-star running back George Pettaway from Suffolk, Virginia. According to 247Sports, Pettaway is the 97th best overall prospect in the nation, the seventh-best running back, and the third-best player from the state of Virginia in the 2022 class. Pettaway is a back with a great motor, elite breakout speed, great shifting in hips to make sharp turns, and is tough to bring down through the first contact. He is shifty and a dominant runner in between-the-tackles and on the outside. Currently, the North Carolina Tarheels are favored by 247Sports to acquire Pettaway. The interest, however, between Pettaway and Virginia Tech is mutual.

There is plenty of time left for many more recruits to acquire interest from the Hokies. This goes the same for Virginia Tech to win the interest of some of these elite prospects. Before National Signing Day, there may be some big surprises for the Hokies with these potential big prospects.