In a blow to Virginia Tech’s 2019 class, one of the best prospects in the state is headed north.
Four-star running back Deyyn Ford committed to Penn State over Virginia Tech in a ceremony at North Stafford High School on Friday, according to The Roanoke Times.
Ford is rated as the N0. 2 player in Virginia, the No. 3 running back in the nation and the 65th overall prospect in the Class of 2019, according to 247Sports composite rankings. In his junior season at North Stafford, Ford produced 1,994 yards and 29 touchdowns.
The Hokies were considered the favorite to land the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Ford until a few weeks ago.
However, Ford took his final official visit to Penn State on April 21, a week after he attended the Hokies spring game on April 14.
Ford spurning Virginia Tech continues a recent trend of highly coveted in-state running backs committing elsewhere. He joins 5-star Khalan Laborn (Florida State) and Ricky Slade, last year’s No. 1 recruit in Virginia (Penn State), in doing so.
Virginia Tech has six commitments in the 2019 class, which ranks No. 31 in the nation, according 247Sports.