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Virginia Tech hired former Pittsburgh director of recruiting Mark Diethorn as director of player personnel.

Diethorn replaces Chuck Cantor, who left for the same position at Florida. Only 32-years-old, Diethorn started his career as a recruiting assistant at the University of Florida, and moved to Pitt in 2012 in the same position. He has played a part in recruiting 14 players who ended up in the NFL so far and is likely to increase that number in the upcoming seasons.
Jun 14 - 3:17 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore QB Joshua Jackson recorded the highest passer rating in the ACC on plays lasting 2.6 seconds or longer.

Jackson is a talented player but is currently at risk of a suspension due to academic concerns. He started all 13 games for the Hokies last season, throwing for 2,991 yards and 20 touchdowns while adding another 274 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. If the rumors of Jackson's eligibility prove to be true, backups Hendon Hooker and Ryan Willis will have a crack at the starting job.
Jun 13 - 12:28 PM

Virginia Tech hired Texas A&M senior analyst Tyrone Nix as a part of their defensive staff.

Nix was only at A&M for the 2017 season and spent four seasons at Middle Tennessee State as their defensive coordinator prior to that. It's unclear what kind of role Nix will have with the Hokies, but it will likely be similar to his position with the Aggies.
Jun 13 - 11:45 AM

Virginia Tech will play a home-and-home series with Middle Tennessee State in the 2020-2021 seasons.

The Hokies will travel to Murfreesboro for a game against MTSU on September 19, 2020; and then will host the Blue Raiders on September 11, 2021. This completes Virginia Tech's non-conference scheduling through the 2021 season, and replaces games against Michigan that were cancelled earlier in the year. Middle Tennessee had to significantly push back a game against Liberty in order to make the scheduling work, as that game will not be played until 2026 now.
Jun 11 - 5:14 PM

Virginia Tech received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 ATH Jaden Payoute.

Payoute is a local get for the Hokies, coming from Lloyd C. Bird HS in Chesterfield, Virginia. He was also considering schools like Boston College, Illinois Cincinnati and Tennessee, among others. He's ranked 129th overall among recruits on 247 Sports list for prospects for 2019, and 11th among 'athletes" in the class. It's the third four-star get for the Hokies so far, who now have the 26th ranked class -- fourth in the ACC -- according to 247 Sports as well.
Jun 11 - 11:25 AM

Andy Ross, the agent for Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander, has confirmed that his client will enter the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft.

Alexander (6'3/207) was ruled academically ineligible for the coming season earlier this spring, an impetus for his decision to bounce out and try his chances with the supplemental draft to begin with. The oft-troubled corner is vying for a potential mid-round selection. Ross posted to Twitter that Alexander will have his pro day-style workout on June 20, a little over two weeks prior to festivities getting underway. The supplemental draft will be held on July 11. While no player has been selected in that draft since 2015, we could see multiple players heading off this time around. Alexander's not even the most high-profile prospect who has thrown his name into the ring. That would be Western Michigan CB Sam Beal.
Jun 8 - 11:58 AM

The Athletic's Bruce Feldman hears that contrary to earlier reports, Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore QB Joshua Jackson (academics) has not been suspended indefinitely by the team.

While Jackson apparently remains in good standing with the team at this juncture, his availability for the fall may be in question due to academic concerns. His father told the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Thursday that clarity as to the quarterback's situation should come in "two days," so we may hear more from this story either later on Friday or over the weekend. Jackson started all 13 games for the Hokies last season, throwing for 2,991 yards (59.6% completions) with a 20/9 TD/INT ratio. Backup quarterbacks Hendon Hooker and Ryan Willis would be thrust into the August spotlight should Jackson find himself in an eligibility lurch upcoming.
Jun 8 - 11:05 AM

Virginia Tech received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 ATH Cam'Ron Kelly.

Kelly (6'0/190) was seriously considering Clemson and Penn State, too, but Hokies HC Justin Fuente and staff won out over that pair of top-10 outfits. He's a probable defensive back for the collegiate ranks, but has experience at receiver, running back and quarterback in addition to safety. On the 247Sports composite board, Kelly slots in at No. 158 overall in the 2019 class. The outlet notes that the versatile standout "has a high football I.Q. and does a great job of putting himself in position to makes plays."
Source: 247Sports
Jun 7 - 2:14 PM

Mike McDaniel of ESPN Radio's Blacksburg affiliate reports that Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore QB Joshua Jackson (academics) has been suspended indefinitely.

Per McDaniel, Jackson has been suspended "pending an investigation into an academic issue." No further information has surfaced as of yet as to the exact nature of this investigation, but the quarterback's father is saying that more about his status with the team should be known in the next few days. This past season, the 6-foot-1, 203-pounder threw for 2,991 yards (59.6% completions) with a 20/9 TD/INT ratio while starting all 13 games. Should this suspension end up costing him August camp and beyond, Virginia Tech would require a backup option such as Hendon Hooker or Ryan Willis to step up in his place.
Jun 7 - 1:27 PM

Virginia Tech junior CB Jeremy Webb (Achilles) has been ruled out for the upcoming season.

Webb (6'3/195) was just embarking on his career in Blacksburg, having signed on with Virginia Tech as a highly-regarded JUCO prospect over the winter. He had actually just arrived on campus recently to begin summer classes. The junior corner sustained the season-ending Achilles injury during a workout and underwent surgery earlier this week. Coupled with the exit of fellow corner Adonis Alexander to the supplemental draft due to his academic ineligibility, it's been a rough week for Virginia Tech's secondary. Like really rough. The Hokies are essentially completely green at corner now and will have to hope that a few gems emerge from the likes of Caleb Farley, Jovonn Quillen, Bryce Watts, Tyree Rodgers and Jermaine Waller.
Jun 2 - 11:13 AM

Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander will enter the 2019 supplemental draft after being ruled academically ineligible.

Alexander (6'3/207) briefly considered opting into the 2018 NFL Draft before electing to return. That was the right call in a vacuum, but Alexander has once again victimized himself with a poor decision. Suspended multiple times during his Virginia Tech career, Alexander missed a portion of spring practices and the Hokies' spring game due to academic issues. Apparently, he was unable to right the ship in time. Alexander, who recorded seven interceptions in 34 games for the Hokies, was looking like a Day 2 or 3 prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft before this news dropped. We expect him to be drafted in the supplemental draft. Just how highly will depend on how teams weigh his off-field concerns.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 1 - 5:17 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg lists Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore WR Damon Hazelton as a transfer to watch in 2018.

Hazelton was impressive as a freshman at Ball State in 2016, hauling in 51 passes for 505 yards and four scores. The Hokies lost their best playmaker on offense in Cam Phillips to the NFL, so Virginia Tech and quarterback Josh Jackson could rely on Hazelton as their go-to playmaker this fall -- at least in the passing game. He sat out spring practices for an undisclosed reason, but the 6-foot-2, 209-pound wideout should be active this fall, and could put up quality numbers if he is the top option.
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 2:46 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 ATH Cam'Ron Kelly plans on making his pledge on June 8.

Kelly (6'0/190) plays all over the map -- including at safety, wide receiver, running back and quarterback -- at Oscar Frommel Smith High in Chesapeake, Virginia, but ESPN views his upside coming as a defensive back once he hits the collegiate ranks. Last month, the versatile athlete took official visits to Penn State, Oklahoma and Washington State. On the 247Sports composite board, he slots into proceedings at No. 163 overall in the 2019 class.
May 17 - 12:14 PM

ESPN's Andrea Adelson lists Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore DL Emmanuel Belmar as the standout of the spring practices for the Hokies.

Belmar is making the switch for outside linebacker to the defensive line, and as Adelson notes, he's still learning the finer points of the position. She also notes that Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster was "beyond pleased" with he and several other defenders this spring, and that he might have done enough to move into the front seven rotation. Under Foster's tutelage, he could be a key contributor to what was one of the best defenses in college football last year.
Source: ESPN
May 14 - 3:26 PM

Chargers signed Virginia Tech CB Brandon Facyson.

Facyson (6’2/203) made 47 starts in the Hokies’ secondary, logging nine career tackles for loss and five interceptions, but no picks after his 2013 true freshman year. He did set an all-time Virginia Tech record for pass breakups (44), and PFF College credited Facyson with a 38.1% completion rate allowed in 2017. Big and long with adequate speed (4.53), Facyson’s early college career was riddled by leg injuries, including a fracture and another stress reaction, so he will be a 24-year-old rookie. Nevertheless, Facyson is a toolsy enough press-corner prospect to have a shot at an Eric Rowe-like career.
May 3 - 6:21 PM


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