Recruits to Watch for Virginia Tech Ahead of National Signing Day 2020

By: Tim Thomas | @TimThomas1996 | Jan 31, 2020

National Signing Day 2020 is almost here with Virginia Tech looking to add a few more high school recruits to their 2020 class. The Hokies have hosted one of their top targets on an official visit already this month while they're set to host a couple more this weekend.

Obviously, the nature of recruiting doesn't rule out some last minute surprise names popping up, but with that said, here's our recruits to watch for the Hokies for National Signing Day 2020.

3* LB D.J. Lundy

D.J. Lundy's recruitment changed a lot when Georgia offered him right before the Early Signing Day. That slowed Lundy's recruitment down with Florida State jumping in within the past week. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech has been the one school that has been constantly involved in his recruitment over the past several months that remains at this point.

One of the interesting potential factors with Lundy is the fact that he is a very talented high school wrestler who has the talent to wrestle at the collegiate level. There is talk that having the opportunity to wrestle in college could be a factor with the Hokies being the lone school that can offer that, and offer that within a top 10 program that has succeeded on the collegiate and international levels.

Of course, it's hard to not see Georgia as the favorite at this point not only because of their in-state prowess and recent success, but also because of how much of an impact a Georgia offer has had on his recruitment. If Georgia does end up backing off though, Virginia Tech would appear to be the frontrunner though Florida State should be seen as a strong threat especially with them having an official visit this weekend.

Entering the weekend, Georgia looks like the favorite for D.J. Lundy, but Virginia Tech definitely has a reasonable chance at him whether Georgia stays involved or not.

2/5 Update

Florida State appears to be the favorite after this past weekend but given how much has changed in his recruitment over time, it would appear premature to rule out Virginia Tech or Georgia. However, the Seminoles have emerged as the favorite after hosting Lundy this past weekend.

3* WR Dallan Wright

Virginia Tech is hosting a pair of 2020 high school recruits this weekend according to 247 Sports in three-star WR Dallan Wright and three-star CB Tyler Nelome.

Wright has seen his recruitment blow up over the past month with multiple FBS schools offering him highlighted by Virginia Tech, his lone Power 5 offer. Wright has also emerged as a mid three-star recruit according to 247 Sports, which ranks him as the 139th best WR and 14th best recruit in South Carolina.

Based on the numbers, Wright looks like a potential last minute gem after having 1,508 receiving yards and 25 receiving touchdowns on 87 receptions this past season plus 103 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns on 11 carries.

Virginia Tech did some wide receiver evaluating in part because of the volume of wide receiver transfers that created room and some need for long-term depth at wide receiver. Wright is clearly the top wide receiver target for Virginia Tech with the Hokies being the frontrunners at this point for Wright.

Of course, it's possible that additional Power 5 offers come for Wright but at this point, Virginia Tech looks like the favorite for what may be a steal of an addition this late in the cycle.

Update

Dallen Wright committed to Virginia Tech after his official visit on February 2nd and signed with VT on February 5th.

3* CB Tyler Nelome

Tyler Nelome is the second of the 2020 high school recruits taking official visits this weekend (Marshall WR transfer Obi Obialo is also visiting this weekend). Nelome has been a late emerging recruit on Virginia Tech's board as the Hokies have looked to add another cornerback to their class to pair with Dorian Strong.

Nelome is an intriguing prospect with the type of size that the Hokies have looked for at cornerback at 6'3''. One of the interesting things with Nelome is that he has the versatility to play either cornerback or safety at the next level, having spent time at free safety earlier in his high school career before shifting to cornerback. That type of versatility could prove valuable in a secondary that has liked having versatile players like Brion Murray this past season who spent time at nickelback before working at cornerback in the Belk Bowl.

Nelome has a solid offer list that includes Louisville, but he has also been very quiet about his recruitment so it's unclear how many schools and who else is involved. Despite that, the one school that clearly is heavily involved is Virginia Tech, a great sign for the Hokies' chances at landing him.

At this point, Virginia Tech looks like the frontrunner, but there is still enough time for some last minute surprises.