2015 CB/S Jahque Alleyne Picks Tech As Hokies' Influence in the "757" Expands

[Matthew Hatfield (Original)]

Slowly but surely, the Hokies have worked their way back into a recruiting force in the "757" region that they were once famous for dominating.

After earning commitments from 2015 Virginia Beach and Hampton talents Trevon Hill, Harry Lewis and DeShawn McClease in the past few months, Tech added another player from the Tidewater area when Ocean Lakes HS CB/S Jahque Alleyne announced he'd be heading to Blacksburg.

Alleyne — rated a 3-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite ranking — chose the Hokies this weekend over Kentucky, and he credits the coaching staff as the deciding factor in his commitment.

"It was just about being in contact with the coaches," Alleyne said. "I really got along with them."

While recruiting coordinator Bryan Stinespring made some visits to Virginia Beach to see Alleyne, Ocean Lakes head coach Chris Scott thinks it was Torrian Gray that really swayed the rising senior.

"Coach Stinespring came up here and spent time with him, but he got to sit and talk with Coach Gray one-on-one when he visited Tech over the summer," Scott said. "I don't think he knew what to expect going into the visit, but he left really impressed by this guy that would be his position coach and the guy who would be his defensive coordinator, Bud Foster."

Alleyne visited Blacksburg back on July 14 — the same day as the Hokies' prospect camp — and he feels it was a big factor in his decision as well.

"It really was a big part of it, it helped me make my decision," Alleyne said. "I got to listen to players there, what they had to say."

Among the voices in his ear talking up the Hokies was fellow Virginia Beach native and current Tech TE Bucky Hodges.

"I got to talk to Bucky and a couple other commits," Alleyne said. "I listened to what they had to say, that really put me over the edge."

While the visit was clearly a success, Alleyne was still giving serious consideration to the Wildcats leading up to making his announcement last Saturday on ESPN Radio 94.1.

"No one knew my decision beforehand but me," Alleyne said. "I gave (Tech's coaches) a heads up, like 'hey, you might be in the mix with Kentucky,' but that was it."

Now that he's in the fold with the Hokies, the staff has to figure out where to put him on the field. Alleyne's played wide receiver, safety and corner in high school, so it's clear he's got some versatility.

"Because of my height, they said I could play anywhere," Alleyne said. "Corner, nickel corner, safety. They said I could rotate positions, and I think I can play any position they put me."

Scott agrees that Alleyne's 6'1" frame gives him flexibility on the field.

"Our staff is still debating where exactly to use him next year," Scott said. "He just does so many different things well."

But it's not just his height that makes Alleyne dangerous in the secondary — he also has a nose for the football.

"His ball skills are just so strong," Scott said. "He's a really lengthy defender, long arms. He has a 10'10 broad jump, so he can just get up there and make plays."

However, for all of his vertical ability, Scott thinks he'd need to spend some time with Coach Gentry before he can line up at safety.

"At Tech, to play safety, he needs to put on weight, which he'll do since that's what happens to everyone at Virginia Tech," he said.

If the Hokies decide to stick with him at corner, Scott believes they'll have a playmaker on par with one NFL star in the defensive backfield.

"At cornerback, if they need a lengthy, Richard Sherman-type guy, he can fit there," Scott said.

Alleyne also seems to have the brains to handle a scheme like Foster's.

"He's a smart guy, does a really good job of getting us in and out of our checks," Scott said.

Those smarts are particularly impressive considering Alleyne only started playing on the defensive side of the ball a year ago.

"He's normally been a receiver, and he'll play there again this year, but he's somewhat new to all this," Scott said. "He's really raw in a lot of ways since he's only been on defense for a year, but he's got such a high ceiling. And he'll get great coaching at Tech to help him reach it."

In the meantime, Scott wants to work with Alleyne on his physicality near the line of scrimmage.

"I'd really like to see him press the line, and if we play him there, be a really physical safety," Scott said. "He's got the speed to get to the running back as a safety before the linebackers do, so he can do it. I want him to lead us in interceptions, but we'll see him on the tackle chart as well."

For Alleyne's part, he seems ready to meet the challenge.

"I just want to bring my competitiveness and aggressiveness, show how much I love the game," Alleyne said. "I can be fun out there, but I want to show I take it seriously."

Equally exciting for Hokies fans is Alleyne's commitment to spreading the word about Virginia Tech.

"I'm definitely planning on recruiting some guys from my school," he said.

With 2016 Ocean Lakes corner Levonta Taylor a prime target for the Hokies in the next cycle, that comment has to be reassuring news for the staff. But it sounds like Alleyne has sights set on a variety of players in the area.

"Tahj Capehart, a [2017] wide receiver from Landstown (in Virginia Beach) came up with Jahque back in July and Tech offered him," Scott said. "He's got a similar build as Jahque, and he'll be good on either side of the ball."

With the nation's top recruit also playing in Alleyne's area, Tech will have to hope he can apply a little pressure to make the Hokies' presence in the region formidable once more.

"I'm all about making it a 757 team," Alleyne said.

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Comments

Glad to see coaching staff is making such a good impression in the 757! Torrian Gray is a great coach and Hokies are lucky to have him. I believe he is our future DC!

A player that can play nickel, corner, safety is exactly what coach Gray would love to have on the team.

Name: Jahque Alleyne
Position: D-BLOCK

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

Its about that time we take back the 757 area from loluva and Timecop.

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but he is a former police officer down there...right?

/sarcastica

He was a detective with the Richmond PD

Flowers, Harris, Chancellor, Carmichael, Whitley, Hosley, Fuller, Exum

ice cube

A picture is worth a thousand words. A gif is worth a million.

I think he led up the STO squad, whose detectives investigate the wasteful use of Time Outs.

Richmond PD, Saving Time Outs. A hard-hitting and emotional job, for which Mike London possessed fully half of the requirements.

why

All credits to the newer members of the coaching staff, hopefully they can keep the momemtum going the next few years and finish our rebuilding ot being a contender.

Damn the Man! Save the Empire!

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Nobody has more contempt than me for Stiney's stint as an OC, but let's give credit where it is due.

He recruited this kid, and Torrian sealed the deal. I love the new coaching staff, their energy, and their ability to recruit.

But this feather goes in the hat of the old crew.

And getting back to Stiney specifically:

The man sucked as an OC. Never should have had the job as long as he did, and behind Beamer, Stiney and the wall, I bet you'd find candid agreement on that point.

But he is beginning to look like an absolute genius when it comes to coaching Tight Ends. When that was his job years ago, we had good productivity at that position, and now we do again. Cline's production last year is nothing short of miraculous, considering he'd played in all of what, 10 football games, prior to coming to VT?

And he has always been an ace recruiter. He is great at finding talent, and giving VT a great shot at winning those recruiting battles.

So if we crack the top 50 in offensive stats this year, it'll be in no small part due to Stiney's coaching and recruiting.

I agree with you that Stiney was an outstanding TE coach and Frank, wanting to reward him promoted him to OC. Many times a person gets promoted one level above their competency. Now what do you do. It took way too long and I admire Stiney stepping down and staying at Va. Tech. That has to be a very difficult decision and he has handled it it like true professional. And on some level, he is probably glad to be there.

BOOM Baby! I want these 757 kids to get hyped when thinking about playing for VT.

Pour some Beer on it

Alleyne seems like a smart and good student athlete. Great that he picked the Hokies and willing to recruit for the team!
Lets make the Hokies a 757 team with Josh Sweat leading the defense to a championship.

Its impressive what a young, energized coaching staff will do to your recruiting prowess.

It truly is incredible how much of a dramatic uptick we're seeing in recruiting from almost the second our offensive coaching staff was overhauled. Actually, no, its really not incredible... we should have seen this coming.

"Does it get any better than Thursday Night in Blacksburg?" - Reece Davis
"People who like to brag about how smart they are, are never as smart as they claim." - Colin Cowherd

the extra hirings of recruiting assistants has helped tremendously as well or so it seems.

And having an Athletic Director in place who will open up the checkbook to bring our recruiting budget in line to that of our peers doesn't hurt, either

"Does it get any better than Thursday Night in Blacksburg?" - Reece Davis
"People who like to brag about how smart they are, are never as smart as they claim." - Colin Cowherd

This misconception needs to be put to rest. Weaver didn't limit the recruiting budget. It was always Beamer's call. If he had asked Weaver for the extra support staff 5 years ago we would've had them.. 5 years ago.

Flowers, Harris, Chancellor, Carmichael, Whitley, Hosley, Fuller, Exum

Love the 757 guys. Love VT hitting that area hard. Stinespring leaving hurt, in my opinion. I'm glad to have him back there.

Sometimes you gotta look at yourself in the mirror and say "when in Rome"

West Virginian by birth, Hokie by choice

I was hoping he'd disparage the Thoroughbreds a bit...;)

Reality has a mighty pimp hand.

If we continue this trend, the influence this will have on future recruiting will snowball in the 757. Every 757 recruit we have gotten seems to want to actively recruit for us.

We also arent targetting a specific district, group, or school. VT wants the best that fit their scheme. Shame that 757 doesnt produce linebackers like they do secondary and dline.....

A prospect who cares only about himself and his early playing time and his stepping stone to The League should go to UVa. A prospect who wants to be part of the family and play on a great football team, then end up in The League, should go to Tech.

Great article, once again. I really enjoy all the articles on this site. Thanks Alex.

That's right, everybody BACK OFF, THE 757 IS OURS!
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The Tide(water) is changing!

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

Reading all of this is making me too psyched for the future of Tech football. Recruiting just keeps getting better and better and it seems like we now have the complete coaching staff (offensive and defensive) to turn that into product at a D-I level.

"These people are losing their minds" - Mike Patrick

Really like to hear that the other commits are actively selling VT to other recruits... Nice.

"And it is caught, it is caught for a touchdown"