Virginia Tech’s satellite camps are proving to have already paid off. The Hokies picked up an offer Saturday from three-star athlete Malik Willis, who earned an offer July 8 at their Atlanta satellite camp.
Johns Creek (Ga.) 2018 tackle Reuben Unije was also at that camp and received an offer himself. But Virginia Tech is one of a handful of other top schools vying for his consideration as well. And one of his other most recent offers just might be the team to beat.
Florida offered Unije as well when he attended one of the Gators’ satellite camps over the past few weeks. And for now, Florida is in prime position.
“I love the Gators, mainly because I grew up a fan,” Unije said. “I just started playing football two years ago, but I’ve been watching them for four years. The first game I ever watched was a Florida game. It stuck out, you know? I had said, if I actually do end up playing football, I wanna play for the Florida Gators. When they offered me, it was kinda like a dream come true.”
But the Hokies are among those in consideration as well.
“I love Virginia Tech, too,” Unije said. “It was nice, but it was a lot more yelling than Florida, a lot more getting mad at you than Florida was. Every school has their own way of teaching. It was a good experience. It was clean, cut and dry. They told you what to do and they expect you to do it. I adapt to everything, though.”
Alabama offered Unije last week, joining a list that also includes Missouri, NC State, Cincinnati, Florida International and Texas-San Antonio. But the Tide definitely struck a chord with Unije.
"The things a lot of schools emphasize is how athletic I am and they said they loved that," Unije said. "There's a lot of big people but not many are athletic like me. My speed is good, my hands are good, all of that. It's just my second year playing football so I should have a high ceiling."
Unije, only 16 and having played football for two years, though, is in no hurry. He plans to camp July 19 at Florida State and wants to see Florida soon, too.
“I know I’m gonna slow it down like three days before I commit. I might commit this summer, sometime in 2017 and national signing day. If I commit in 2017, I’ll probably slow it down after the football season when things are less hectic. If it’s national signing day, it’ll be after I take all my official visits. I’ll be down to my top three or top five schools.