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Virginia Tech three-star 2018 verbal QB commit Quincy Patterson received an invitation to The Opening.

Per 247Sports' Luke Stampini, Patterson was the most physically-developed quarterback at the Elite 11 Finals over the weekend. The analyst additionally passes along that "Patterson also flashed a strong arm capable of hitting throws down the field." The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder is currently drawing a three-star rating from Rivals, but a fourth star might not be far off, especially if he can come through in high style in Beaverton later this month.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 6 - 10:39 PM

Virginia Tech three-star 2018 verbal WR commit Bryce Thompson won position MVP honors at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Charlotte.

"Thompson wowed with his flair for the dramatic ... making several highlight worthy catches that drew praise from his fellow competitors. When he isn't making one-handed catches Thompson can also make the routine look easy," write Rivals recruiting analysts Josh Helmholdt and Woody Wommack. The outlet ranks the 6-foot, 185-pounder as the No. 75 wideout in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Jun 3 - 2:47 PM

Virginia Tech sophomore WR Divine Deablo transitioned to corner this spring.

"Divine has been everything we hoped for. He's been very consistent, very steady, has improved every day, has been physical. I've been real pleased with his coverage ability," said DC Bud Foster. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder was a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle, but managed just one catch for eight yards as a true freshman before being whisked over to the other side of the ball this offseason.
Source: wsls.com
Jun 2 - 8:16 PM

Ball State sophomore transfer WR Damon Hazelton has enrolled at Virginia Tech.

He can practice with the team in 2017 but will be sidelined for games until 2018. Hazelton starred as a freshman, catching 51 passes for 505 yards and four touchdowns. This is an uncommon transfer, as Hazelton is jumping up in status, but he likely has the talent to warrant the decision.
May 22 - 11:40 AM

247Sports' Barton Simmons writes that Virginia Tech freshman QB Hendon Hooker is "adapting to the college game even more quickly than we expected."

Simmons refers to Hooker as "huge, athletic and sport[ing] a big arm." The 6-foot-4, 204-pounder was on point in the team's spring game, misfiring on just one of his 11 pass attempts while throwing for 113 yards, a touchdown and an interception. While Hooker has done enough to hang in the competition with fellow QBs A.J. Bush and Josh Jackson, the most likely scenario by the end of August camp is that Bush or Jackson comes away winning this job.
Source: 247Sports
May 19 - 3:42 PM

Virginia Tech freshman QB Hendon Hooker completed 10-of-11 passes for 113 yards, one touchdown and one interception during the spring game.

Hooker's progress must be monitored because Jerod Evans' ill-advised early departure for the NFL rendered Virginia Tech's quarterback derby wide-open. Hooker is still a longshot to beat out A.J. Bush and Josh Jackson for the job, but he'll get a fair chance to do so this summer. A 6-foot-4, 204-pound dual-threat, Hooker was a three-star recruit according to Rivals and a four-star recruit per 247 Sports.
May 15 - 3:09 PM

Virginia Tech received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 WR Darryle Simmons.

"The coaches haven't told me I would start but I will have a chance to compete for a spot on," Simmons said, adding that "[i]t's a big opportunity that I won't let go to waste." The 6-foot-2, 197-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 194 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. Outlet analyst Adam Friedman writes that Simmons "has a huge catch radius and is an effective receiver over the middle and down the field" and believes that "his ability to consistently get open and create separation will add a new facet to the Hokies offense."
Source: Rivals
May 14 - 3:49 PM

247 Sports' Barton Simmons ranks Virginia Tech junior OLB Tremaine Edmunds as the No. 25 draft-eligible prospect in the country.

"A 6-foot-5 linebacker that runs and strikes with anyone in the country and he makes a ton of plays behind the line of scrimmage," Simmons wrote, adding that Edmunds is "one of my personal favorite players in the country." Edmunds piled up 18.5 TFL last year, No. 6 among linebackers nationally. Edmunds' father, Ferrell, is a former All-Pro NFL tight end. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom recently listed Tremaine Edmunds as one of the top "riser" defensive prospects in the nation.
Source: 247 Sports
May 11 - 3:10 PM

Broncos signed Virginia Tech DE Ken Ekanem.

Ekanem (6’3/257) made 39 starts for Virginia Tech, piling up 34 career tackles for loss with 21.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He was an honorable mention All-ACC pick as a senior. While Ekanem was a productive college edge defender, he lacks exceptional traits and is ultimately a tweener missing the required edge burst of a 3-4 outside rusher and physical makeup of a 4-3 base end. He’ll likely have to shine on special teams to hold onto an NFL roster spot.
May 1 - 8:16 PM

Dolphins selected Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford with the No. 237 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Ford (6’1/194) needed only three years to set Virginia Tech school records in receptions (210), receiving yards (2,967), and receiving scores (24), starting 37 games and averaging 14.1 yards per catch. A prep basketball star who averaged 37 points per game as a high school senior, Ford managed a 4.61 forty at the Combine but shined in the three-cone drill (6.94) and broad jump (10’7"). Ford’s biggest drawback is his rail-thin body, which should continue to fill out as he just turned 21. He reminds of Tajae Sharpe with some flashes of Marvin Jones.
Apr 29 - 6:19 PM

Rams selected Virginia Tech FB Sam Rogers with the No. 206 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Rogers (5'10/231) was one of the most versatile fullbacks in the nation with the Hokies, amassing 72 career receptions and also playing extensively on special teams. He'll give the Rams a West Coast-style fullback, albeit without pile-driving lead-blocking chips.
Apr 29 - 4:56 PM

Vikings selected Virginia Tech WR/TE Bucky Hodges with the No. 201 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Hodges (6’6/257) turned pro as a redshirt junior after starting 37 games at Virginia Tech, amassing a career 133/1,747/20 (13.1 YPR) receiving line. Recruited as a quarterback, Hodges has caught passes for only three years. He is a freaky athlete, compiling a 21/89/1 (4.2 YPC) rushing line in college and posting 95th-percentile SPARQ results at the Combine with 4.57 speed and incredible vertical (39") and broad (11’2") jumps. More wideout than traditional tight end, Hodges has a long way to go as an in-line player. Still learning the position, Hodges will struggle to earn early NFL snaps.
Apr 29 - 4:42 PM

Ravens selected Virginia Tech DB Chuck Clark with the No. 186 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Clark (6’0/208) made 40 starts in Virginia Tech's secondary, managing 14 career tackles for loss and two interceptions. He mostly played cornerback in college, but also dabbled at safety and covered kickoffs and punts throughout his career. An efficient tackler with plus instincts, Clark’s shortage of ball skills and average athleticism (4.54 forty, 34-inch vertical) suggest he profiles best as special teams help. Clark’s experience at multiple defensive back positions does improve his cause.
Apr 29 - 4:00 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans has the "same type of arm strength and same type of athlete as DeShone Kizer, but Kizer is more advanced."

Since Kizer is extremely raw himself, this isn't the compliment it might appear on the surface. "A real project," the scout said. "[Evans has] a strong arm but he has no idea where he’s throwing the ball." NFL Network's Mike Mayock has predicted that Evans won't get drafted, but some team might take a shot on Evans' raw ability late on Day 3. "He’s raw but I love his presence," said a second scout that was quoted in the piece. "Off the field he has a long, long ways to go as far as the football learning and background. He really should have stayed in school. He’s big and strong and athletic. You like that he went there and took over the job and had a damn good year."
Apr 26 - 4:35 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock predicts that Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans will not get drafted.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Evans led Virginia Tech to the ACC championship game in his first season as starter in 2016 and then stunned the NFL draft community by declaring for the pros in January with one season of eligibility remaining. He's got a great frame and good athleticism working in his favor, along with a solid arm, but is extremely raw and struggles with accuracy and decision making.
Apr 21 - 1:58 PM


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