Justin Fuente and his staff must be smiling ear to ear heading into the 30-day Summer dead period for NCAA recruiting. In the month of June, the Hokies received commitments from two of the top players in Virginia, seeming to show the Hokies are once again building a stronghold in the talent-rich 757.
This past weekend, Cox High School’s Tayvion Robinson, rated a four-star athlete by Rivals.com, chose the Hokies over Ohio State, Nebraska, Maryland and UVa.
“They’ve been my top choice for a while, but once I figured Cam’Ron (Kelly) was going there…it just made me stronger and more confident in my choice,” said Robinson, who’s been a two-sport star for both the football team and the basketball team.
Kelly, a four-star cornerback at Oscar Smith High School, shocked the college football world, when he committed to Tech over Auburn, Penn State and Clemson. The Hokies weren’t even among his top eight choices when he announced.
“Virginia tech is the best spot for me, for defense, and for staying home. My mom, my friends, my family can all come see me play, and plus, shoot, it’s going to be fun,” said Kelly, who will be reunited with Oscar Smith teammate and linebacker Keshon Artis.
Artis is headed into his freshman season at Tech this fall.
The Hokies soared to national prominence, thanks in large part to players from Hampton Roads. Maybe the most famous wore no. 7. Michael Vick, a graduate of Warwick High School in Newport News, became a Heisman Trophy Finalist, and led Virginia Tech all the way to the BCS National Championship Game in 2000.
Hampton’s Tyrod Taylor chose the Hokies over the University of Florida, and went on to win three ACC championships, as well as the 2009 Orange Bowl.
While the Hokies have had considerable success under coach Fuente- 10-4 in 2016, 9-4 in 2017- they’ve yet to emerge as national title contenders.
Kelly wants to change that.
“We’re going to bring a natty (national championship) home to Virginia Tech. That’s the plan,” he said.