Breaking down the Hokies' top targets, 1-5

Virginia Tech's new coaching staff is in the process of putting together their first full recruiting class and Scout takes a look at some of their top remaining targets.

Virginia Tech currently has 11 commitments in the 2017 class and below are the top 1-5 remaining targets.

5. ILB Ellis Brooks

The one-time Duke commit has been busy this summer with recent visits to Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State. He's set to trips Auburn on July 14, Georgia on July 16 and South Carolina on July 18. Finally, he will visit numerous ACC schools in August -- including Virginia Tech. At the end of the day, I think he will ultimately decide to stay close to home. With that said, I think he could end up committing to Duke again, but as time passes, that becomes more unlikely. The Hokies are definitely in the mix for the nation's 12th-ranked linebacker, but along with the Blue Devils, will likely have to beat out Maryland and North Carolina. Brooks has no time frame for his decison.

4. DT Jordan Williams

Williams has been one of the hottest prospects in the country over the past few months and his scholarship list has grown to over 30. However, he named a top five -- in no order last month -- of Virginia Tech, Clemson, Ohio State, Tennessee and Virginia. Over the past few months, the main schools I keep hearing Clemson, Virginia and the Hokies. Many feel that Clemson is trending and that could be the case. But the in-state schools will definitely make the No. 25 defensive tackle's decision tough. Combine that with the fact that he has a great relationship with Virginia Tech's staff and they were one of the first schools to offer. When it comes to a decision, Williams was originally set to commit on Sept. 24, but he told Scout that he could decide sometime this summer. Regardless, he hopes to visit all five schools in the next few months and the trip to Blacksburg could go a long way when it comes time for him for him to make his commitment.

3. WR Tahj Capehart

Capehart released his top ten last month and the Hokies obviously made the cut. He visited West Virginia a few weeks ago, and will likely take trips to Georgia and Penn State sometime this month. In my opinion, the major players for Capehart are Virginia Tech, Maryland and Penn State. According to sources, Penn State has recently been gaining momentum. But receivers coach Zohn Burden and the Hokies have been relentless in their pursuit of Capehart. I believe the key will be getting him on campus before the end of the summer. In regards to a decision, it could come next month or during his senior campaign.

2. RB Khalan Laborn

News just broke this morning that Laborn will make his decision at The Opening on Saturday. Although he has over 30 offers and hasn't officially named any top schools, it appears that Florida State and Virginia Tech are the main contenders. Everything I've heard this morning is that Florida State is the favorite, but multiple people have also said his recruitment could be far from over even after he commits. The bottom line is if he picks the Seminoles on Saturday, the Hokies are still going to aggressively pursue him and there is a long time until signing day. So while it may be tough to get Laborn to continue his career in Blacksburg, it will be something to monitor over the next several months.

1. Ath, Devon Hunter

Hunter, who is the nation's 4th-ranked prospect, is Virginia Tech's top target for several reasons. He recently named a top 11 and is not tipping his hand when it comes to favorites. But the schools that are continuously being mentioned when it comes to having the best shot are the Hokies, Clemson and Florida. A few months ago, I would have put Virginia Tech behind the two others. Since that time, the Hokies seem to have gained momentum and I think the longer his recruitment goes, the better it will be for Virginia Tech. Another thing to point out is Virginia Tech was one of the first schools to offer him and he's developed a great relationship with the staff. I also think playing in his home state appeals to Hunter, but I'd say Clemson is the team to beat right now. He is planning to make a decision before Christmas.

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