The annual Under Armour American All-Star game is coming up in Orlando, Florida at Camping World Stadium on Jan. 3. Three new Virginia Tech recruiting class members who recently signed on Dec. 20 at the Early Signing Period were selected to play in the game. Two of the three will compete, while one is backing out.
Four-star quarterback Davi Belfort announced that he will not play in the game as he is still recovering from an injury this season. He said on X that he wants to be 100% for spring ball at Virginia Tech.
The Western High School signal caller in Florida is a 5-foot-11, 185-pound signal caller who put up some crazy stats as a senior where he threw for over 3,000 yards and 34 touchdowns. There is no need for him to push himself as when he gets to Blacksburg, he's going to be behind Kyron Drones on the depth chart, but he will have an opportunity to learn from the Baylor transfer who took his game to another level this season. Sitting out the game is the best move for Belfort and the Hokies, in the long-term.
Chanz Wiggins and Emmett Laws also selected to game
Wide receiver Chanz Wiggins will play in the game, as well as defensive lineman Emmett Laws. Wiggins was recently in Annapolis, Maryland where the Hokies played Tulane in the Military Bowl and got to practice with his future teammates leading up to the game before a 41-20 Virginia Tech victory.
"Number one, he's mature enough to handle and it's good exposure for him,'' said Pry. "He's getting to know the guys in practice, he's around them, he's getting into the drills, watching his movements, his ball skills, he's everything we'd hoped he be. He had to have all of his work completed at the high school and there could be anything hanging out there for him to do this. His mom has been bringing him up and he eats with us, goes through all the meetings, comes out to practice with us, and goes back home.''
Wiggins is a dynamic play-making receiver who has a chance to learn behind four veteran receivers and make an impact next season, while Laws is a defensive lineman who is from 3-star from powerhouse DeMatha Catholic in Maryland.