National Signing Day was on Wednesday and for Virginia Tech head football coach Brent Pry, he had himself a pretty good day. Recently, the Hokies have been getting good news in the transfer portal and picked up four huge additions for 2024.
As for the Class of 2024, Pry landed five Top 20 in-state recruits and they addressed some needs for the future in nearly all positions. Yes, the Hokies have a lot of talent that has committed to coming back next season and add in some promising recruits, things are looking very good in Blacksburg. Here is a full list of the recruits who put ink to paper for Virginia Tech Wednesday. The rankings are from 247 Sports.
Virginia Tech Early Signing Day Recruits
Williams is a 6-foot-4, 195-pound linebacker that fills a huge need for the Hokies. The St. Vincent Pallotti High School standout from Laurel, Maryland is ranked 232nd nationally, 19th at his position, and ninth in the state of Maryland. He was the first signee of the morning for Virginia Tech.
It's safe to say that the Hokies' defensive line is getting a quick, but talented makeover and Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound interior lineman is ranked 451st nationally, 34th at his position, and sixth in Virginia, where he played at Frank W. Cox High School. He is an athletic lineman who can get to the quarterback and is a big addition within the state of Virginia.
A three-star offensive lineman from Mount Olive High School in Flanders, New Jersey, he has a big frame at 6-foot-7 and checks in at 275 pounds. Nationally he's ranked 711th, 52nd at his position and 14th out of the Garden State. Offensive linemen was clearly a priority for Virginia Tech in the Class of 2024 and the transfer portal.
Peebles was the first of four transfers to sign on Wednesday. The Duke transfer is a big addition to the Hokies 2024 defensive line with Antwaun Powell-Ryland and Josh Fuga committed to returning. For the Blue Devils this season, Peebles had 40 tackles and four sacks.
Another transfer, Cunningham comes to Blacksburg from Georgia State and the 6-foot-3, 305-pound offensive lineman was one of the top linemen in the portal. Again, the offensive line was clearly a need for the Hokies going into next season in front of quarterback Kyron Drones.
One of the top linebackers in the transfer portal, Brumfield is a Mike linebacker who fills a huge hole for Chris Marve's defense in 2024. The Middle Tennessee State transfer was a tackle machine this season with 82 and 46 solo. The 5-foot-11, 226-pound Mississippi native forced four fumbles for the Blue Raiders.
The fourth transfer who committed on Monday, Copeland comes to the Hokies from Iowa Western Community College and the 6-foot-2, 226-pound Virginia Beach native is going to be living a dream when he lines up next season along the defensive line with Powell-Ryland, Fuga, and Peebles.
Stop me if you've heard this before, but defensive linemen were clearly targets for the Virginia Tech coaching staff going into next season. The 6-foot-0, 260-pound star played a powerhouse DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland and is ranked 721st nationally, 80th for his position, and 22nd from Maryland.
Ricard is a 6-foot-4, 265-pound offensive lineman from Hudson, Ohio and the three-star comes to Virginia Tech and ranked 841st nationally, 60th at his position, and 31st overall player in the class from Ohio.
Another addition to the Hokies defensive line, Hanchuk, who hails from Cleveland, Ohio, had eight sacks for Midpark Berea High School. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder ranks 1,444th nationally, 153rd at his position and 59th in Ohio.
Virginia Tech has Mansoor Delane and Dorian Strong committed to returning next season, but Pry still added a couple of defensive backs from the Class of 2024. Clarke, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound athletic player from Lint Hill School in Alexandria is ranked 14th in the state of Virginia, 797th nationally, and 64th at his position.
The lone quarterback to commit Wednesday is a good one from Florida. In his senior year at Western High School in Fort Lauderdale, Belfort threw for over 3,000 yards and 34 touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound signal caller is ranked 741st nationally, 48th at quarterback, and 14th in the Sunshine State.
One of the top wide receivers in Virginia, Wiggins has 47 catches for over 800 yards and 15 touchdowns this season for King George High School. He is the 10th-ranked wideout in Virginia and 76th at his position.
The first running back signed by Pry in this class, Mason is 6-foot-0 and 195 pounds and ranked 20th in the state of North Carolina and he is the 47th ranked back. The Mount Airy High School star averaged over 13 yards a carry in high school and racked up 120 touchdowns. He certainly has a promising college future.
Another addition to the defensive back room, Jenkins, from Highland Springs, Virginia is the 19th ranked player in the Commonwealth and 78th at his position nationally. He'll join Ali Jennings and Braylon Johnson on the roster from Highland Springs.
Reddish is a three-star safety from Independence High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, and joins a deep and talented defensive back group. He's the 16th-ranked DB out of North Carolina.
Adams has a chance to be a big playmaker in Blacksburg. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound wide receiver from Virginia Beach is a four-star and who had over 4,000 receiving yards and 66 touchdowns for Green Run.
A 6-foot-4, 215-pound defensive lineman from Mount Airy, North Carolina, Dandy had nearly 50 tackles for losses and 11.5 sacks. He should fit in very well in Sackburg for Marve.
Davidson is a big offensive lineman from Tattnall Square Academy, the 6-foot-6, 291-pound from Macon, Georgia is someone who can come in and compete for a job in 2024. Offensive linemen were clearly a target for Pry and his staff.
What does this all mean for the future of Virginia Tech? It means that Pry has set them up for success and some big success not only as early as next season, but the future as well. The Hokies class is ranked inside the Top 50 at No. 39 and if there is one big takeaway from Wednesday, it's that Pry seems to have mended the relationships in the state of Virginia and that's huge going forward.