The signs were already there of what school was on top.
Virginia Tech was first to offer Heritage (NC) 2018 guard/forward .Jarren McAllister. He’s also visited the Hokies three times without seeing anywhere else.
And on Friday, McAllister decided he didn’t need to look further. He gave Virginia Tech his commitment, giving the Hokies their first 2018 addition.
“It was just how they communicated and interacted with each other,” McAllister said. “I just liked how they all were just a big family and how Buzz (Williams) brought in his own people. He basically brought up an organization that wasn’t all that good the last two years.”
McAllister first saw Blacksburg and the Hokies in October, when he visited unofficially for their football game against NC State. But he also made a pair of visits during the basketball season that also resonated with him.
“I got to see the practice facility, hang out with them before the game a little bit,” McAllister said. “Then, I went to a Miami game and saw how they played. I got to talk to Buzz for a little bit and saw how the coaches interacted with each other. I went to the Florida State game, too and saw everything again.”
With each visit, McAllister said he gained a deeper appreciation for the program, as well as the school.
“It really gave me a good idea of where I would fit being with them and how I would be treated,” McAllister said. “That’s what’s most important to me, just feeling comfortable.”
McAllister said he also forged a strong relationship with assistant coach Steve Roccaforte, his primary recruiter. That also sealed his selection.
“Meeting with him, I could tell that they really wanted me,” McAllister said. “He just made me feel like I was at home. I always liked talking to him.”
A combo guard who also plays some on the wing, McAllister said he feels like he can fit whatever role is asked.
“I feel like I can play either the two or three,” he said. “I think I’m one of those guards who can be a combo guard and play multiple positions. I can just fit into whatever coach needs.”
McAllister is playing this summer, as he did last summer, with Garner Road. But with an additional two high school seasons remaining, he has plenty of room to improve.
“At this point, I’m just trying to get bigger and stronger,” McAllister said. “I’m working on staying consistent, as far as making baskets and making sure my team is ready and does their best.”
McAllister’s only other offer was from VCU, which he received yesterday. Clemson and Richmond were also in contact, but after today, McAllister said his recruitment is likely over.
“As of right now, I plan on being done,” he said. “If another college really wants me and shows me, then maybe I’ll go out and see. But I doubt that will happen.”