Offensive lineman Jonathan McLaughlin was cleared by the NCAA academically to enroll at Virginia Tech this semester. Running back Drew Harris, meanwhile, will have to wait until the summer. A source confirmed both situations.
Both recruits, who prepped at Fork Union last semester, took to Twitter to announce their situations. McLaughlin, a 6-foot-4, 288-pound lineman from Mauldin, S.C., tweeted that he qualified early Tuesday. He switched his commitment from East Carolina to Virginia Tech last month.
“For all the hokie reporters/fans that follow me, I am cleared and ready to start school for this semester ! Thanking God! GO HOKIES !” he tweeted.
In the evening, Harris tweeted that there were complications with his status: “Due to an error in paperwork sent to admissions at Va Tech I have to enroll in June I can choose to open up recruitment or stay committed.”
Harris reaffirmed his commitment to Virginia Tech in a follow-up tweet: ”#BEATALABAMA #hokiesforlife #HOKIENATION”
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back from Exton, Pa., originally signed with the Hokies last February but didn’t qualify. He had hoped to get NCAA clearance to arrive this semester and participate in spring drills. Instead, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder from Exton, Pa., will have to wait.
When he arrives, the four-star recruit could join the mix at running back immediately.