The #TX2VT movement came alive at the end of 2019 with 2021 four-star QB Dematrius Davis being the first Texas recruit to commit to the Hokies. After that, Tech landed a pair of 2020 stars from Texas in four-star DE Alec Bryant and three-star DE Robert Wooten, both of whom signed this past Early Signing Day.
Now, the Hokies are looking to add more Texans in 2020 to their 2021 class with Tech in excellent position early on for four-star DE Landyn Watson.
Watson told us that Virginia Tech is currently the leader in his recruitment because "they are showing they want me the most." Watson credited the #TX2VT partially for it mentioning when asked about it's impact on him that "they (Virginia Tech) have gained somewhat of a lead in recruiting me."
He also has Hokies' commit Dematrius Davis in his ear trying to get him to Blacksburg with Watson mentioning that Davis is recruiting him "hard." Watson and Davis have had a relationship for a few years since both of them were freshman in high school.
Additionally, Watson stated his relationship with quality control assistant Beau Davidson as a reason for Tech standing out in his recruitment specifically mentioning that it's "really good," and that Davidson has been recruiting him "hard" ever since Davidson offered him.
Landyn Watson also told us that Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente is among the coaches whom he has built the best relationships with overall in his recruitment. Watson added that their relationship is "really good" and that they are in contact often.
Watson took notice of the Hokies hiring Buffalo Bills DL coach Bill Teerlinck in the same role, telling us that he "likes the move" and that "it's a big factor for defensive line recruits."
Watson added that while the Hokies lead for him, a few other schools also stand out for him alongside the Hokies including LSU, Ohio State, Penn State, and Texas Tech. He also said that Virginia Tech and Texas Tech are currently recruiting him the hardest.
Looking ahead, Watson told us that he plans on visiting Virginia Tech on February 1st, his first visit to Blacksburg.
So what is Watson hoping to see on his first visit to Virginia Tech?
"I’m hoping to see a very family and welcoming environment from the people and the coaching staff," Watson said.
Additionally, Watson is planning on visiting LSU, Ohio State, Tennessee, Baylor, Virginia, and Arkansas in the near future.
Virginia Tech is off to a strong start in pursuit of four-star DE Landyn Watson, but still have a lot of work ahead with a valuable opportunity to build more momentum coming in February.