Virginia Tech football is a week into its preseason camp, with the first opportunity for most freshmen to make their first impression in the past.
With a few practice down, coach Justin Fuente rattled off a few freshmen he could see playing early for the Hokies.
“There are guys that I believe strongly like Jalen Holston and Dalton Keene and Devon Hunter — and there’s probably more that I’m forgetting — that if things continue to progress that they’re going to have an absolute chance to play,” Fuente said per the Roanoke Times. “I would stop short of before our fifth practice saying certainly, no doubt those guys are going to play. But I would say after four practices, signs are indicating that they’re going to play. I’m sure there’s more than that. Just, off the top of my head, I can’t just recall them off the top.”
Hunter was Virginia Tech’s highest recruit in the 2017 class by a long shot, ranking as the No. 44 player and No. 3 safety in the country, according to the 247sports Composite. He hails from Chesapeake (Va.) Indian River.
Holston is a running back, while Keene is a big-bodied, athletic tight end.
On Wednesday, Fuente fleshed out the list to include linebacker Dylan Rivers, wide receiver Sean Savoy and wide receiver Hezekiah Grimsley.
#Hokies coach Justin Fuente says there's about 6 true freshmen likely to play (Adds Savoy, Grimsley and Rivers to Holston, Hunter, Keene.)
— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) August 9, 2017