Coming into the 2016 Spring Game weekend, the Virginia Tech Hokies have built some momentum on the recruiting trail with two recent 2017 commitments from three-star athletes Caleb Farley and Dalton Keene joining a group that already included four-star DE Tyjuan Garbutt and high three-star QB Hendon Hooker.
Now, the Hokies have started off the weekend with another big commitment from the state of North Carolina.
Three-star tight end Drake Deluliis of Providence High School in Charlotte, North Carolina became the Hokies' third commit from North Carolina joining three-star QB Hendon Hooker and three-star ATH/WR Caleb Farley. Deluliis has 6 offers from Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Minnesota, and Boston College.
Rankings are all over for Deluliis with Rivals having him as a two-star and 39th among North Carolina recruits while the 247 Sports Composite has him as a three-star ranked 37th among North Carolina recruits and 51st among tight ends. Meanwhile, 247 Sports has Deluliis as a high three-star ranked ninth among North Carolina recruits and eighth among tight ends.
Deluliis has been a top target for the Hokies for months and while South Carolina has made a hard push, Justin Fuente and his staff have been able to close the deal to lock up the highly-regarded tight end who may still get a lot more offers from major programs.
With Bucky Hodges very likely headed to the NFL next season and the Hokies only having three other on-scholarship tight ends outside of Hodges. Deluliis gives the Hokies an athletic tight end with tons of upside who could also be used in a similar role to Hodges as someone who could be used in the slot or on the outside along with being lined up in a traditional tight end spot.
The Hokies have some momentum going in North Carolina as the staff has done a good job fighting off some major programs including Notre Dame (Hooker) and South Carolina (Deluliis) for their top commits. Getting the commitment from Deluliis is definitely a good way to keep building the Hokies' recruiting momentum into a huge recruiting weekend.
Drake Deluliis is another strong addition to a Virginia Tech recruiting class that has plenty of momentum at the right time.