Mook Reynolds Commits to Virginia Tech

It seems like HokieHaven.com is backing off their report a bit; the one I originally cited in my post below. The first report of his commitment remains on the front-page of their website, although they've posted a second update behind their paywall. The teaser is, "Today, VT got a commitment from 2015 CB Mook Reynolds (right) after its junior day, though as he explains to HokieHaven.com, his recruitment might not quite be over."

DB DuWayne "The Rock" Johnson Commits

Virginia Tech secured a commitment from 2015 defensive back DuWayne Johnson this evening. The Hokies were hosting recruits during their first junior day of the 2015 cycle. He's rated a 3-star prospect by both Rivals.com and 247Sports from Washington, D.C. (H. D. Woodson).

An Open Letter to the 2014 Recruiting Class

To All 2014 Virginia Tech Signees:

First of all, congratulations! We here at Thekeyplay.com community are thrilled to have you aboard, and think you have really made the best choice possible. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, HokieNation, are all anxiously awaiting your arrival.

I realize that the transition from high school superstar to collegiate freshman can be challenging, and thinking about all of the forthcoming changes is probably quite intimidating. Lucky for you, I'm here to lay out some of the basics. You see, I've been to college, I've been to college quite recently in fact. I know the do's, the don'ts, the ins, the outs and really most of the things that you'll want to do, but probably shouldn't. I'm basically like a combination of Tinkerbell, Van Wilder and Jimmy Turk.

Familiarity Helps Tech's Position with Lauded DT Tim Settle

By now, the news that defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi won't be on Virginia Tech's football roster this fall has probably sunk in for Hokies fans. But a look to 2015's targets renews hope for a top-flight defensive lineman.

Stonewall Jackson (Manassas) junior Tim Settle — all 6 feet, 3 inches and 305 pounds of him — is a blue-chip recruit. According to the 247Sports Composite rank, he's a 5-star prospect and the No. 3 DT in the 2015 cycle.

He played about 60-percent of the Raiders' defensive snaps as a three-technique tackle and the remainder as a five on the outside edge.

Two years ago, Settle's speed opened eyes in the pass rush. Last season, his size helped anchor Stonewall's rush defense.

Gut Reactions to National Signing Day

For a brief moment, I want to take off my hat as a Thekeyplay.com columnist and speak casually, as someone who has been a fan of the Virginia Tech program since 1993. This National Signing Day has not been as peachy as the Virginia Tech Sports Information Department will characterize it. It has not been as disastrous as the doom and gloom crowd will make it out to be.

I am as frustrated as any Virginia Tech fan. For the Hokies to be a true NATIONAL power, they have to not only own the Commonwealth of Virginia in recruiting, but they have to compliment those recruits with critical need players outside of the Commonwealth. This year, the Hokies pilfered the Maryland player of the year (Cam Phillips), Pennsylvania's Gatorade Player of the Year (Andrew Ford), one of the best running backs from the Keystone state in the last decade (Shai McKenzie), and need players at linebacker, wide receiver, offensive line, and defensive line. Over the last decade, rarely has the Hokies recruiting footprint been stronger outside of the Commonwealth. And, I am convinced that this class has more READY TO PLAY TOMORROW players than any class in recent memory. In my opinion, Shai McKenzie, Marshawn Williams, Holland Fisher, and C.J. Reavis all have every physical tool to be All-ACC players early in their careers. Many more have the ability to be All-ACC talents if they stay healthy and are developed properly by the end of their careers.

Isaiah Ford Selects Virginia Tech

Wide receiver Isaiah Ford of Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida signed his letter-of-intent to play for the Hokies this morning. He's rated a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com and 4-star recruit by 247Sports. Ford is a former Louisville commit who reopened his recruiting process after Charlie Strong took the Texas job.

Steve Jones of The Courier-Journal wrote the following about Ford on January 5, 2014 after he decommitted from Louisville.

Raymon Minor Selects Virginia Tech

Raymon Minor of Benedictine College Preparatory (Richmond, VA) signed with the Hokies this morning. Minor, who stands 6-foot-3-inches tall, and weighs approximately 215 pounds, is rated as a 4-star prospect by both Rivals.com and 247Sports. He's an athlete who projects to play whip or backer, but is skilled enough to play wide receiver or even H-Back for Tech. According to Benedictine coach Greg Lilly, Minor had more than 20 scholarship offers, including Ohio State, Clemson, and Miami.

Class of 2014 First Look: Braxton Pfaff

While it was disappointing Brady Taylor de-committed from Tech in favor of Ohio State, it is easy to forget that Virginia Tech still has a #FabFive coming to Blacksburg. Braxton Pfaff, a 6-5, 305 pound right guard, signed with Tech last February and deferred his enrollment. Pfaff also needed shoulder surgery and the delayed enrollment gave him an opportunity to rehab an injured shoulder.

Pfaff was the Hokies highest rated offensive line recruit in the 2013 class according to Rivals.com (slightly outranking 2013 starting left tackle Jonathan McLaughlin). At Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Pfaff was a do-everything guard. He excelled at both zone blocking and pulling out in front of Coach Frank Rocco's pro style power leads and counter treys. Pfaff also joins the Hokies as they look to replace team leader and coaches second-team All-ACC guard Andrew Miller. The Hokies only experienced right guard (Brent Benedict) spent most of 2013 at right tackle with Mark Shuman and Alston Smith got limited work on the left side. Pfaff's preferred position is right guard.

Class of 2014 First Look: Shai McKenzie

Early enrollee Shai McKenzie might be the most intriguing recruit in Tech's 2014 class. McKenzie is a 5-11, 215 pound running back from Washington, Pennsylvania—a suburb of Pittsburgh. He put up astronomical numbers at Washington High School before tearing his ACL early his senior season. As a junior, he nearly eclipsed Rushel Shell's WPIAL single-season rushing record with 2,689 yards and 42 touchdowns. As a senior, McKenzie rushed for 647 yards and 11 touchdowns. He averaged a whopping 37.4 yards per score during his junior year which climbed to 46.2 yards per touchdown last season. By all accounts I've read, McKenzie's rehabilitation of his knee injury is progressing well. After committing to the Hokies over the hometown Pitt Panthers, Craig Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote, "Since suffering the injury, McKenzie has had surgery and rehabilitation. He said trainers have been impressed with his progress and he expects to be ready for the start of the 2014 season." Enrolling early will give McKenzie full time access to the Hokies physical therapy and rehabilitation team.

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