Virginia Tech Recruiting News
Thursday morning, when Torrian Gray sent Reggie Floyd a Twitter direct message with a selectively-toned photo of the Stonewall Jackson junior dressed in a luminous white Virginia Tech jersey with a maroon-tinged No. 20, the Hokies defensive backs coach included a note that said, in effect, Floyd looked dapper in the accouterments.
The power of flattery aside, it’s doubtful Gray anticipated the FaceTime conversation that would follow later that afternoon.
Cloistered inside his Manassas home on a snow day, Floyd spent the rest of his morning stewing about how that uniform — and a Virginia Tech education — would fit. By 5:23 p.m., he’d talked it over with his parents and decided to commit to the Hokies.
The FaceTime conversation went, “Really good, ” Floyd reported. Gray “said he was doing cartwheels.”
“It was just I knew where I wanted to be right now, ” Floyd added. “I didn’t want to wait anymore, and just wanted to let Coach know.”
Last summer, Virginia Tech became the first school to offer Floyd, who chose the Hokies over West Virginia, Old Dominion, Wake Forest (where his older sister Nicole plays basketball) and UNC.
Floyd rushed for 1, 300 yards and 15 touchdowns and added 635 receiving yards for the Raiders this fall, but in college he’ll play in the defensive backfield at free safety. In an upset win over Hylton in September, he flashed his ballhawking potential by snagging a diving interception late in the fourth quarter. With 30 seconds left in the game and the Raiders facing a critical fourth-and-goal, he capped the comeback with a seven-yard touchdown run.
Floyd plans to attend Nike and Rivals camps during the spring and acknowledged the fact that impressive showings on that circuit could introduce more collegiate suitors who’ll urge to him to reconsider his early commitment to Virginia Tech. All told, Floyd doesn’t see that happening.