Action on the recruiting trail for the Hokies did not subside the day after national signing day. Virginia Tech turned its attention to the 2019 cycle and added a verbal commitment from offensive lineman Jesse Hanson.
Hanson opted for the Hokies over offers from regional Power Five programs Virginia, North Carolina, Duke, and West Virginia. Tech's in-state competition pulled out all the stops in a futile effort to secure his pledge.
The 6-4, 290 pound Lord Botetourt HS (Daleville, VA) product was a multi-trip visitor to Tech throughout the fall and winter. Hanson cited the hour he and his family spent one-on-one speaking with Justin Fuente as the highlight of a January unofficial visit.
"I got to talk to him (Fuente) about why I should come to Virginia Tech, what they have to offer, the whole thing,"Hanson said last month. "Talked about his family, talked about my family, talked about what I want to get out of college, pretty much everything."
The son of two Clemson alumni set his decision date after visits on the subsequent weekends to Virginia and North Carolina.
The 247Sports Composite rates Hanson as a 3-star (.8778) guard. Although that score is absent his beyond adequate deer pressing skills.