I felt foolishly optimistic this morning as I listened to ESPN 94.1 this morning BUT it turns out those positive feelings were reinforced when the Hokies added Jahque Alleyne, 3-star Defensive Back out of Ocean Lakes HS in Virginia Beach, to their defensively loaded 2015 class. Alleyne makes it an even dozen in the ’15 class for the Hokies and is the 4th commitment by a defensive back (Adonis Alexander, Mook Reynolds, DuWayne Johnson).
The news of this announcement is certainly welcome in Blacksburg after a stretch of bad news with Mark Shuman retiring from football with another knee injury and the recent attrition of Jerome Wright and Joe St. Germain. Alleyne also adds some much needed depth to a Safety position that will be thinning out as Kyshoen Jarrett and Detrick Bonner will be graduating following the 2014 season. The 3-star Safety is currently listed as 6′ 1″, 180 lbs by 247Sports and held offers from a number of big schools: Oregon, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Louisville to name a few… Oh yeah, I guess UVa offered too. However, the news that should really grab your attention is Alleyne’s High School, Ocean Lakes. Ocean Lakes HS has produced a lot of talent in recent history and a lot of talent that DIDN’T go to Virginia Tech. Some names the Hokie fans might recognize: Eli Harold (UVa), Derrick Nnadi (FSU), Justin Hunter (Tenn), and Corwin Cutler (UVa). Just to name a few of the recent top Ocean Lakes prospects. With all of that talent over the past 5 years Alleyne is the first Ocean Lakes commit since Randall Dunn and Marcus Davis back in the 2008 class.
Regardless of high school affiliation, it’s always a bonus to keep the state’s top talent in state and continue/reinvigorte the tradition of recruiting the 757 hard every year. Additionally, Alleyne marks the 3rd 757 commitment and 5th overall commitment for Bryan Stinespring who took the Recruiting Coordinator position after a Loeffler was hired to replace him as Offensive Coordinator. Hokie fans often called for Stinesprings head during his tenure as Offensive Coordinator but those same fans should recognize the work that Stinespring has put into recruiting for the Hokies.
Now to pray that Stinespring lands that 1 certain commitment from the 757 😉