In the past couple weeks Virginia Tech’s football recruiting class from 2014 has really started to come together.
Right now Tech has 10 verbal commitments from the class of 2014. While these commitments are not binding until players sign their letter of intent February 5, 2014 it’s a good start for the Hokies.
The most recent recruit is quarterback Andrew Ford. He announced his decision on Sunday through twitter. “After much thought and many prayers, I am proud to announce that I will be continuing my academics and athletics at Virginia Tech #GoHokies”
Ford comes from Cedar Cliff High in Camp Hill, Pa. He had offers from over 11 colleges, but the final decision came down to Pittsburg or Tech. Hokie fans are excited he picked Blacksburg after two top quarterback prospects passed over Tech recently for Alabama and Georgia.
Ford’s threw for an impress 2,957 yards and 35 touchdowns last season as a junior. He is 6-foot-3 inch, 190 pounds and more of a pocket passer. Rivals and ESPN have him listed as a three star, but 247 Sports ranks him a four star.
Surprisingly, it’s Ford’s brain and not arm that his coach raves about. Ford has a 4.0 GPA and hopes to graduate high school early to enroll at Tech next spring semester. When making his college decision academics was always a big consideration.
Travon McMillian is another 2014 commit. The 6-foot, 196-pounder played quarterback in high school, but is being recruited as an athlete. McMillian hope to get the chance to play quarterback, through he could switch to safety or receiver.
McMillian is from C.D. Hylton high school in Woodbridge, Va. He had 14 scholarship offers and ended up choosing the Hokies over Cal and Georgia Tech. ESPN gives McMillian four stars, while 247 Sports and Rivals have him at three. Virginia Prep has him ranked as the No. 9 player in Virginia.
Xavier Burke from Lawrenceville, Va. is another one of the Hokies 2014 recruits. He is 6-foot-3-inches and 250 pounds and plays many different positions at his high school. He has taken snaps at quarterback, running back, tight end, defensive line, outside linebacker, and safety, but hopes to play tight end or defensive lineman at Tech.
Burke has been a Hokie fan since he was a kid and committed to Tech pretty early on, in July of 2012. He is listed as a three star by Rivals and 247 Sports, but a four star by ESPN.
One interesting bit about Burke is that he is related to Pittsburg Steeler’s receiver Plaxico Burress. Burress is Burke’s uncle, but he has never met him. Still, some athletic genes can’t hurt.
Wide receiver Jaylen Bradshaw committed to Tech after getting an offer at the one-day football camp the Hokies held on June 2. Bradshaw wanted to come to Tech for a while and was just waiting for them to make an offer. He has not gotten much attention from other recruiters, but Bradshaw was able to prove himself to the coaches at camp by running a 4.4 in the 40 and hitting a 39-inch vertical.
In his junior year Bradshaw had 35 catches for 712 yards and eight touchdowns, while sharing time with two other college bound receivers. He goes to Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va., the same school as running back JC Coleman.
Bradshaw is also related to a NFL receiver, the Jacksonville Jaguar’s Reggie Williams is his cousin. The two are close and Williams gives Bradshaw tips to help improve his game.
Another athlete from Pennsylvania has committed to play for Tech. Offensive lineman Eric Gallo from Southampton, Pa. is Tech’s online O-line commit so far. The 6-foot-2-inch, 275 pounder didn’t get a whole to of interest from other top schools. His high school is new and not many make it out to Council Rock South to look at players. New offensive line coach Jeff Grimes found Gallo and liked what he saw.
Gallo plays both offense and defensive line for his high school. He is built like a traditional center and planning on transitioning from guard to center this upcoming season to prepare to play center at Tech.