In the end Bud Foster got his man. Linebacker Dax Hollifield signed with Virginia Tech over an eleventh hour surge from Clemson, the home state North Carolina Tar Heels, and academic institution Stanford. Hollifield is rated a 4-star (0.9376) inside linebacker by the 247Sports Composite.
"The reason I committed to Virginia Tech is because it felt like home from the first time I went there my freshman year," Hollifield said shortly after announcing his intent at his Shelby HS ceremony. "It's always felt like home. I love the coaching staff, I love coach Foster."