Virginia Tech Football Recruiting: Aaron Willis Commits to the Hokies

2019, 2020, nah the Hokies added a linebacker to their 2021 recruiting class.


Virginia Tech received an early surprise on the recruiting trail Friday afternoon. Linebacker Aaron Willis committed to the Hokies. The 6-0, 200 pound St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, MD) product is a 2021 cycle prospect. In addition to Virginia Tech, Willis reportedly held scholarship offers from Virginia, Florida, Michigan, and Georgia Tech among other Power Five programs. At this point, Willis is unranked by the major recruiting services, but it speaks volumes the Hokies offered in April and accepted his verbal this early in the process.


If our RBs can't make people miss let's just get all the LBs...

I recommend watching the film if you like truck sticks.

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

Just watch the damn tape. This kid routinely throws some incredibly heavy hits despite having a size disadvantage on most plays. I have only gotten through 6 minutes, but I don't think there is one play when he hasn't at the very least dropped the guy at the point of contact, most times he's either moving him backwards or knocking him off his feet. Holy hell.

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

Not to mention he was 14 in the tape. Kid will be a monster

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He's a bad mother. If he continues to grow / fill out until his senior year he may kill someone in HS.

Sidenote - no dropping into coverege in the film but I guess why would you when you can just run through the QB all the time.

Wow, that's cool.

He's a dynamic player, and he wants to play on a dynamic defense. That's a great sign.

He's fast, he hits hard, he's tenacious. Bud's kind of player.

Great get.

Question is, can we keep him?

Hokies United l Ut Prosim

Bleeding burnt orange and chicago maroon

Exactly, I guess the kid is only a sophomore at this point. A lot can happen between now and the completion of his senior season, including injuries and/or another team swooping in (see our buddy James Franklin for details) to steal him. Hate to be a Downer Debbie, but commitments this early are practically meaningless.

"That man was violating a city ordinance, and I was just doing my duty to enforce it." - Mike Curtis

"You boys in there smokin' rope?"-Johnny Unitas (circa 1973) to his San Diego Chargers teammates

This is a private school in Baltimore, coached and funded for free by a Hedge Fund Manager, and they beat schools so badly most area schools are refusing to play them. They send a lot of players to Alabama. This kid is probably going to be really, really good.

Just the fact that he was getting PT as a freshmen on a team loaded like that is encouraging... Watching his tape makes it all the more impressive. Glad to have him on early and hope to keep him 800% committed.

Interesting, do they not play Dematha, Good Counsel? Realistically I guess they could also play Gonzaga and St. John's in DC to improve their completion.


Yeah, hate to date myself, but I grew up and played ball in the B'more area, and I never heard of them until recently. So they don't play the other Baltimore/DC-area private schools, like Gilman and DeMatha?

"That man was violating a city ordinance, and I was just doing my duty to enforce it." - Mike Curtis

"You boys in there smokin' rope?"-Johnny Unitas (circa 1973) to his San Diego Chargers teammates

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

Wondering how many of his hits are actually gonna be legal hits in college. A bunch of those hits look like he was leading with his helmet or making big time contact with the offensive players head. They may not call em as well in HS but he def got that Kam in him.


Kid is a sophomore now and he was absolutely destroying people as a freshman. Even if he doesn't grow he's already big enough to play Rover - provided he can cover a little bit.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Why is his hastag #stayinghome if he's from Maryland?

EDIT: I can't spell or do the Google.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Originally from Midlothian

(add if applicable) /s


"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Ever heard the term DMV? Just roll with it... this could be a thing.

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

Oh yes, of course. My favorite is this conversation:

Ernest: *small talk ensues as I meet Baxter for the first time* "So where do you live Baxter?"
Baxter Willmont IV: "DC"
Ernest: "Oh ya, where in DC?"
Baxter Willmont IV: "Stafford."
Ernest: *Walks away*

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Yeah but to be fair people do that from all suburbs, I've met so many people who have moved to nyc and say they're from Chicago, LA, Atlanta, etc and actuallly after a couple questions they end up being just a bunch of suburban kids.


my xGF related a story where she met another girl from NoVA. She found out she was from Alexandria. When she told her she was from NoVa, too (Stafford), she was told she wasn't because she wasn't inside the beltway!

Yeah.... This drives me crazy. A lot of people from NoVA aren't from a place.... When I was in college, I remember talking to people and asking where they were from.
New person1: Hi, I am name.
NP2: I am name...
Me: Hi. I am LancerHokie
NP1: Where are you from?
Me: Danville, what about you
NP1: Richmond
NP2: NoVA (like it is the name of a place)
Sometimes people from Richmond were actually from Chesterfield, Moseley, etc... But at least Richmond is the name of a place not an area. I understand the suburbs going with the name of the biggest nearby city... But people from NoVA always said it like it was the city/town...
Living in NoVA now, I say what part of NoVA I live in and then say it is in NoVA.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Do we just lump South Virginia in with the "V" these days? Charlotte and Greensboro should be included.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

In my experience DMV is typically Virginia north of Richmond and east of I-81. But I've seen even include the 757 when repping the dmv. But my default is the dc metro area as the dmv.


What's funny is some peoples' perceived radii of that area. To some, the DC Metro area covers the entire state of VA, MD, Southeastern PA, and Eastern WV.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Along those lines, when I was in college and people used to ask me where I was from, I'd say "Southwest Virginia," which usually elicited a comment from NOVA folks like, "so you didn't really have to go very far for college", or "why didn't you just commute?". They were usually stunned when I told them that home was 3 1/2 hours away, and that we considered B'burg/Roanoke to be on the border with Central VA.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

You forgot the part where they ask you About being from West Virginia, and then having to say Southwestern Virginia instead.

Didn't encounter a lot of that, but it did happen.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Same boat. I had to explain to people that there actually was a shit ton of Virginia west of Blacksburg. I got tired of pointing out the little tip of the state that had Lee Wise and Scott counties and how it actually wasn't part of West Virginia. When I would tell them home was actually closer to Kentucky and Tennessee than WV, their heads would explode. I still consider the notion that Blacksburg is SWVA kinda suspect.

I'm originally from Central Virginia, close to the border of North Carolina, and I had to drive 3 hours to get to Blacksburg.

Yes, Blacksburg is in SWVA. It's just a funny shape for a state, but I like it because it's unique. Not like one of those rectangle states.


2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Close. South Boston.

Ahh. :-)

I have a funny South Boston story.... When I was at Longwood, I had a really good friend from NoVA. He had heard people talking about South Boston (I guess the races) and wanted to see it. I told him that I drove through there on my way home and would be happy to take him one day. So one day I was taking another friend who lived in Martinsville home, but I had to go back to Farmville the same night. I asked my friend who wanted to see South Boston to ride with me so I wouldn't be driving back late at night by myself. We drive down 15/360/58. I point out South Boston. Then I pointed out Turbeville and mentioned the Cantaloupe Festival (this was before they moved it). So we get to my parents' house and my mom asked what my friend thought of South Boston. He said it was okay, but he was very intrigued by Turbeville and the fact that they had a big festival there.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

I'm from South Boston. Do I know you?

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Having grown up in Blacksburg, I always thought central VA started east of Roanoke, and where you are from was far-southwestern VA

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

i don't know any 757 Hokies who claim the "DMV" moniker. we're too proud of our 7-cities area to include those way up north. i've lived in NoVA for seven years and went back to the home town and feel there's a separation between major metropolitan areas to include both.

We had a bunch of really good friends in college that we hung out with from 757. They were really proud of their hometown (as anyone should be), but they were THE most down-to-earth guys I've ever met. Never made it annoying like some people do. One of my fiancees' good friends is from TX and she'll let you know it every single day. I hate that state now because of her lol.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

As someone living in Texas I can confirm that Texans love Texas like Kanye loves Kanye.

Soooo many Texas shirts/hats everywhere.


Almost as much as people from New York love to tell you they're from New York.

Click here to destroy wall.

--Where are you from?
--Virginia Beach
--oh cool me too, whereabouts?
If I had a nickel for every time I had that conversation, I'd probably be at the game today.

"But gotta get speed. Demon speed. Speed's what we need. We need greasy, fast, speed!"

I'll be honest, I had no clue he was from Midlothian and was trying to make sense of it myself. Heuplek got his response a few seconds before mine.

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

His interview says he lives in Richmond. So I'm assuming he commutes to that school everyday or his mom still lives in Richmond and he just live on the campus. That drive would be brutal but I've seen a lot kids and adults make that commute to DC/NOVA from Richmond.


He's from Richmond, but goes to a private HS in Maryland. At least that's what I've read.


Keep calm, Gobble on


"Now Miami wants to talk about it." *Cue Enter Sandman*

If Bud still used the whip role like he used to, this kid looks like he would be a nightmare for offenses.

You can tell the fans are clapping while praying for the kids who just got hit.

Was scrolling down the new comments and got to this one, and was very confused when the discussion changed (back) to about some linebacker who hits like a truck.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Huge get. 247 tends to keep rankings down on our early commits, but he will probably be a high 4*. He'll have offers from most big name programs in the country. Could be the most talented recruit we've gotten since Kendall.

We now just need to keep him true to his commitment and not let Alabama try to sway him with glitz and glamour they promise. Bud needs to keep this gem!

What are they feeding kids these days??? I was 6'2" or 6'3" when I was his age, but nowhere near his weight. He is an absolute unit for 14/15 years old.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Does he stay at LB or perhaps develop into a DE? Looks like his pass rush is legit in the few minutes I watched.

Mike all the way.

Probably supplements that either didn't exist or were too expensive for most to buy back in the day. But for a LB in hs, 200 lbs. is probably close to average for his position.

"That man was violating a city ordinance, and I was just doing my duty to enforce it." - Mike Curtis

"You boys in there smokin' rope?"-Johnny Unitas (circa 1973) to his San Diego Chargers teammates

This kid plays like I try to on NCAA Football on XBOX. Blitz from the edge and make hard hits. Good god

He doesn't even shave yet!

Edit: All he seems to do is ball hawk. Will that work?

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

This guy just HITS people. Going to be a monster. Much love to him.

If Tech can keep winning games on the field, the recruiting will follow.

Give Fuente and Foster NFL talent, and they'll take this program to the next level. Gotta handle business on the field first though.

Is it too early to predict the 2022 LPD?

DEs: r-Sr Eli Adams, r-Jr Kuony Deng
DTs: Sr Mario Kendricks, r-Sr Jaevon Bevton, Sr Brandon Dorlus, r-So Tyler Baron, r-So r-Fr Katron Evans
LBs: Sr Dax Hollifield, r-So Gabe Fuster, r-Fr Aaron Willis, r-Fr Jack Hollifield
DBU: r-Jr Jordan Payoute, r-So Nekhi Meredith, r-Fr Tony Grimes, r-So Cameron Roseman-Sinclair, r-So Keontae Jenkins

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

Great get. I just wish they would teach these kids that it's Virginia Tech or Virginia Polytechnic Institue and State Unveristy.

I cringe when I see the Virginian Tech University stuff.


If the university isn't consistent in its branding, and it hasn't been since I enrolled in 1973 (as you pointed out, either this name or that name) then we should not expect anyone else to call it whatever we think is right.

Right now we are leaving it to others to fill the void...hence names like "Vah Tech".

Maybe their defensive scheme is phenomenal but he looks unblocked almost every play! Looks like a monster athlete

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

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Some solid quotes from Willis in an interview after his commitment.

"(Defensive coordinator) coach Bud Foster, he really put me over the edge with the way he runs his defense," the 6-foot, 200-pound Willis said. "I am a man of my word, so if I knew I was going to go there, I figured I needed to commit already and not try and wait.

"We moved a lot but we've been in Virginia for the last six years," he said. "I think there is no problem doing it right now. I feel like if that's your place -- all that hype about going on official visits -- that's not for me. If I find a place, I will stick with it."

Hopefully, the future success of Rivers and Hollifield help solidify his decision.

"Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our heart with tolerance."
-Stan Lee

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

I hope this ages well haha

He's probably getting as far away from us as possible now.