This weekend, North Stafford (Va.) Scout100 offensive tackle Nana Asiedu was in Blacksburg for Virginia Tech’s season-opening win over Liberty. But that’s just one stop the four-star tackle has made.
One school is recruiting him hardest. But more visits are on the way that could certainly change that.
The Hokies, though, are in a good spot after his most recent visit, his third to Virginia Tech. Asiedu also participated in a camp last summer and was at coach Frank Beamer’s final home game, in November against North Carolina. This weekend, he made the trip with his teammate, 2019 four-star running back Devyn Ford.
“I really liked the visit,” Asiedu said. “I just loved how everyone, like Coach Fuente, how he preached how everyone is a family. He told us about the program and how he wants it back on top the way it was.”
Defensive coordinator Bud Foster and Vance Vice have been Asiedu’s primary contacts. After the game, he caught up with them and coach Justin Fuente.
“It’s been really good,” Asiedu said. “They really care about me as a person, not just on the football field. I really like that about them.”
With the game itself, Asiedu said he liked a few aspects, most notably the feel of the crowd.
“It was a great atmosphere,” he said. “I really liked how everyone was excited, pumped up and ready for the game. Everyone bought into what they were doing. They executed the way they wanted to and it was awesome to see.”
It’s early, but overall, Asiedu said he likes what he’s seen from the Hokies. He said he also likes how he could fit in.
“Overall, it’s a great program,” Asiedu said. “I’m really interested in them. I really think it’s a good program overall. I just like how the coaching staff cares about the players, that’s the main thing. They’ve bought into the family. Coach Fuente said he has players over to his house for dinner and that’s really cool.”
Prior to Virginia Tech, Asiedu’s most recent visit was a couple of weeks ago to Virginia. Asiedu and Ford were on hand for a practice.
“They’re practicing hard,” Asiedu said. “They bought into what Coach (Bronco) Mendenhall was doing. Coach (Garrett) Tujague, he’s a really good guy and I’m building a relationship with him.”
During June and July, Asiedu made a handful of visits, to Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. No other visit plans are set, but he hopes to see Penn State and Tennessee soon for games.
“I wanna see just how the coaches treat the players, if they build a bond,” Asiedu said. “How they set the players up, not for just football, but after college, to help them grow into a man.”
For now, though, the school Asiedu said is recruiting him hardest is Clemson. That’s come in the form of mail but also through a few conversations.
“Clemson sends me mail every day and they keep in touch me,” Asiedu said. “It’s a great coaching staff over there. Coach (Dabo) Swinney is an exciting, on the edge guy. Coach (Brent) Venables is a really intense guy. I like the energy he brings to the things he does.”
On the field, Asiedu continues to show why he’s one of the most sought-after players in the country. North Stafford is 1-1 after a tough loss to Colonial Forge (Va.) last week, but Asiedu continues to help open up running lanes for Ford.
“Right now, I think I need to improve on my footwork,” Asiedu said. “When I get that down, I feel like no one can stop me on the field. And then, just my get off. If I work on those two, I’ll be alright.”