Virginia Tech's recruiting weekend that began December 13th and ended on the 15th was very much a success overall. While the Hokies did not receive any more verbal commitments, Tech was able to show all eight prospects a good time on their visits.
The prospects were introduced to the academic side of Virginia Tech, visiting classrooms and meeting with academic advisors. The team also got a look at the team as the Hokies worked out Saturday morning. All eight also were able to take in the basketball game Saturday night. Sunday, Tech's official visitors visited Coach Beamer's house before heading back to their respective hometowns.
Six of the eight prospects that visited were prior verbal commits to Virginia Tech. Kory Robertson, Brett Warren, Matt Welsh, Carlton Powell, Corey Gordon, and Carlton Powell all visited Virginia Tech this weekend. All are also verbal commitments to the Hokie program.
We spoke with Robertson, Minor, and Powell about their trips. "I just finished my official visit this weekend and loved it." Minor told VT Insider. Minor also told VTI that the other prospects "had a good time" on the visit. Minor also made some new friends on his visit. "Corey Gordon and Carlton Powell and myself hit it off real well though. I can't wait to see them in spring."
Robertson, hosted by Jonathan Lewis, also loved his visit to Blacksburg and re-affirmed his commitment. "I got to hang with some of the players and get to know them," Robertson said. "We talked about the classes and how they would be set up," he continued. "I loved it."
VTI also spoke with Carlton Powell following his trip to the ‘Burg. Powell was hosted by Darryl Tapp and also was enthusiastic about the Tech program following his return home from Virginia Tech. "I really did enjoy [my visit]," Powell said. "I had a very good time. It was very informative and very real. I had a lot of fun."
With that, Powell told VTI that his commitment is firm and he will not take visits to other schools. Various rumors had been swirling that Powell was soft on his commitment to Virginia Tech prior to his visit.
Terrell Golden and Michael Hinton also visited Tech this past weekend. We also spoke with one of the two uncommitted prospects visiting Tech this past weekend. Terrell Golden, hosted by Bryan Randall, told TheInsiders he had a great time. "It was very fun," Terrell said. "I enjoyed it a lot. I met a lot of the players on the team and I like the team morale. It's a great school, very beautiful."
Unfortunately, Golden also said that Penn State now has a "slight edge". Golden will decide between Penn State and Virginia Tech in the coming weeks.
The other uncommitted prospect, Michael Hinton, will visit Louisville January 10, Georgia January 17, and N.C. State January 24.
Another played slated to visit this past weekend, Chris Ellis, was unable to make it to Blacksburg due to inclement weather. His flight was unable to leave and Ellis has rescheduled his visit to Tech. Ellis will visit Tech January 24.
Eight top-flight prospects visited Virginia Tech this past weekend. We talked with several of those prospects concerning the weekend, and each of them came away impressed with Virginia Tech.