Over the past five days, the Virginia Tech Hokies have hosted around 20 commits and recruits on official visits with Justin Fuente and his staff looking to make a strong finishing push to National Signing Day 2016. Fuente and his staff have gotten some solid commitments over Fuente's short time in Blacksburg and have now gained another one.
Three-star defensive tackle Jarrod Hewitt of Venice High School in Venice, Florida announced on Twitter that he has committed to Virginia Tech. Hewitt had 20 offers from a group that included Virginia Tech, Iowa State, Purdue, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Kansas, Indiana, ECU, USF, and UCF with Hewitt choosing the Hokies over the Cyclones.
Hewitt is ranked as the 81st best DT by the 247 Sports Composite, 88th best DT by 247 Sports, and 56th best DT by ESPN. Among Sunshine State recruits, Hewitt is ranked 185th best by the 247 Sports Compsoite, 202nd best by 247 Sports, and 126th best by ESPN.
Hewitt has been a top defensive tackle target for the Hokies for months and the staff change didn't seem to affect the Hokies especially with Bud Foster and Charley Wiles being retained. However, the Hokies did have to deal with an aggressive push from Matt Campbell and Iowa State who have made some impressive recruiting gains over the last two months.
The Hokies hosted Hewitt this past weekend, and Virginia Tech was able to close the deal to get Hewitt and beat out the Cyclones for his commitment. Hewitt is an important addition as the Hokies only previously had Clay Dean committed at the DT spot with a large possibility that Dean could end up moving to offensive guard.
Hewitt is a tenacious, hard-working defensive tackle that is already fairly well built that should only get stronger in the weight room. Hewitt gives Virginia Tech even more depth at the defensive tackle spot and could end up being a steal in a few years even though Hewitt likely won't play much for a couple years due to Virginia Tech's impressive DT depth.
Justin Fuente, Bud Foster, and Charley Wiles did a good job of holding off Iowa State's push to get Hewitt while Virginia Tech gets their first commitment from Florida since Justin Fuente took over. However, Hewitt may not be the only Floridian commitment the Hokies gain by the end of National Signing Day.
Jarrod Hewitt is a strong addition to a Virginia Tech recruiting class that still has some more expansion coming before Wednesday ends.