An under-the-radar nugget yesterday as compared to the announcement of Josh Jackson as the Hokies' QB1 was Virginia Tech OC Brad Cornelsen's bullish camp review of wide receiver Hezekiah Grimsley.
"Hezekiah has had a excellent fall camp." Cornelsen said.
"I don't know if he's missed a rep. He doesn't know what he's doing, but he's in there, and he's working his butt off, and he's learning. He's been one of the surprises for me at camp of, not that we didn't think he had talent, but just how quickly he has jumped in there.
"In the last week, half the time he's in there with the ones going against the one defense. We're really proud of him and you know expect him to be a guy that probably plays for us this year. But his future's bright. He's had a great camp, showed a lot of, just a lot of toughness, competitiveness and toughness. He's still got a long ways to go to learn how to do everything the way that we want it done. But just a great kid, has really worked his butt off, and we're excited about him."
The 6-0, 172 pound true freshman has also caught the eye of a certain French man.
Last week, Justin Fuente mentioned Grimsley among a trio of true freshman wideouts (Sean Savoy and Kalil Pimpleton) that are poised to play in 2017. While not a ballyhooed recruit, the emergence of Grimsley is surely welcome news for the Fuente and Cornelsen in the face of WR Caleb Farley's unfortunate absence this season.
It's certainly been established that Tech's wide receiver depth is unproven. However, the Hokies did themselves a favor by signing a crop of versatile wideouts last recruiting cycle. And it seems some early returns on that investment are paying off.