News and notes on some of the top prospects at Virginia Tech's camp last Saturday.
Derrick Nnadi was at the camp, but did not participate. The Hokies' coaching staff made sure to spend a lot of time with Nnadi on Saturday. As far as his recruitment, Virginia Tech and Florida State remain tied at the top of his list. The four-star prospect is also considering Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State and Virginia. However, after watching Nnadi around Virginia Tech's coaches, players and recruits, I'm almost convinced he ends up committing to Virginia Tech. He looked extremely comfortable and seemed to be having a great time.
Like Nnadi, Hampton (Va.) Bethel defensive tackle Ricky Walker was on campus and observed the camp. It was 6-2, 275-pound Walker's third trip to Blacksburg and the Hokies are in good shape with the three-star defensive lineman. Walker's top five schools are Virginia Tech, Penn State, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and South Carolina – in no particular order. However, I think it will come down to Virginia Tech, Penn State and Pittsburgh.
Saturday was the fifth time Raymon Minor has visited Virginia Tech. He did not participate, but did watch the camp. The Richmond (Va.) Benedictine outside linebacker has 24 offers, but claims no favorites. The three-star prospect could narrow his list down as early as September.
Austin Proehl's performance on Saturday helped him land an offer from Virginia Tech. The 5-10, 172-pound Proehl ran back-to-back 4.48-second 40-yard dashes and caught the ball extremely well. Along with the Hokies, Proehl claims offers from Wake Forest and Ohio. Unless something changes, I think he will commit to Virginia Tech sooner than later.
Vincent Lowe's 4.31 40-yard dash was the fastest at the camp. Virginia Tech has not offered the 5-8, 170-pound Chesapeake (Va.) Grassfield running back, but if they pull the trigger, he could quickly commit. He has offers from East Carolina, Hampton, James Madison, Massachusetts, Old Dominion, Towson and UNC-Charlotte.
Michael Barnett was one of the top 2015 prospects at the camp. It was the Dorchester (S.C.) Woodland defensive end's second time in Blacksburg. The 6-5, 245-pound Barnett looked very good in drills and one-on-ones. He has offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech. Barnett will camp at Auburn this weekend and Florida the following weekend.
Chance Hall is a 2015 prospect to keep an eye on. The 6-6, 266-pound Roanoke (Va.) Northside defensive tackle has a great frame and is very athletic. He claims early offers from Maryland, Old Dominion and Virginia. After camping at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest last weekend, Hall will head to Arkansas this weekend for his last camp of the summer.
Austin Clark was another talented 2015 prospect in attendance Saturday. The 6-6, 280-pound Clark performed very well. He has great feet and a good initial punch at the line of scrimmage. Before the camp, Clark had offers from Duke, North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, and Virginia. However, the Hokies pulled the trigger on Monday.
2015 Richmond (Va.) Benedictine defensive end Clelin Ferrell visited Blacksburg for the first time last weekend. The 6-5, 225-pound Ferrell did not participate in the camp, but watched drills and talked to the coaches. He seemed to really enjoy himself. Ferrell already has double-digit offers.