Two days after receiving a Virginia Tech offer, three-star DT Marquis Black is visiting Blacksburg today.
Black has more than 15 Power 5 offers on a list that also includes other quality programs like Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, and others with others from schools in all 5 power conferences.
According to 247 Sports
, Black has already taken an official visit to Arizona and has one scheduled for this fall to Nebraska. Given those official visits, Black appears to be more than content to look at schools farther away from home, something that makes Black's recruitment even more wide open on paper relative to his offer list that spans from Boston to Tucson.
Given the suddenness of this visit after receiving an offer, it's not only clear that the Hokies have been showing interest in Black for a while, but that there has been a significant amount of mutual interest leading up to this offer. Given the quick turnaround, it's fair to assume that the Hokies have legitimate traction with Black who has to be a top DT target at this point alongside three-star Simeon Barrow Jr.
The Hokies appear to be looking to add one more defensive tackle to a defensive line class that includes a true DE in Stephen Sings and a likely DT in Derrell Bailey Jr (though recruiting sites have Bailey as a DE given the continued need to restock and balance the classes at DT.
Keep an eye on Marquis Black as the Hokies are emerging as a serious contender in his recruitment within days of offering him.
Marquis Black in the Recruiting Rankings
At defensive tackle, Black is ranked 44th best by Rivals
, 52nd best by ESPN
, 68th best by the 247 Sports Composite, and 69th best by 247 Sports
. In the state of Georgia, Black is ranked 72nd best by ESPN, 74th best by the 247 Sports Composite, and 83rd best by Rivals and 247 Sports.
Marquis Black's Offer List (According to 247 Sports and Rivals)
- ACC: Virginia Tech, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Syracuse, Virginia
- Big 10: Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Rutgers
- Big 12: Kansas State, West Virginia
- Pac-12: Arizona
- SEC: Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina
- AAC: East Carolina
- Conference USA: Charlotte
- Mountain West: Colorado State
Photo Credit: Harley Taylor
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