After 2014′s No. 1 recruit, Woodbridge defensive end Da’Shawn Hand, eliminated Virginia Tech from consideration earlier this week, the Hokies missed out on two highly-touted quarterbacks who committed Friday.
Cornwell is the No. 3 pro-style quarterback, according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings. Park comes in at No. 9.
Virginia Tech had shown interest in both. Recruiting analysts considered the Hokies as a reasonable choice for Park until recently, when Georgia made a strong push. Cornwell was in Blacksburg for a visit this week but had always been considered an Alabama lean by the recruiting services.
Their decisions came a week after another quarterback target, Mason Rudolph of Charlotte, picked Oklahoma State over LSU and Virginia Tech.
Adding this to the Hand news and Durham, N.C., safety Kalen McCain switching his commitment from Virginia Tech to N.C. State and it’s safe to say this is a week of recruiting news the Hokies would rather forget.
Tech currently has nine commitments in 2014.
It’ll be interesting to see what direction the Hokies and new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler go with regards to quarterbacks in this class. Woodbridge’s Travon McMillian is a 6-foot, 185-pound dual-threat quarterback who has committed, although it’s unclear if he’ll ultimately end up there in college.
247 Sports recruiting analyst J.C. Shurburtt wrote that the Hokies could turn their attention toward Andrew Ford, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect from Camp Hill, Pa.
Next year’s quarterback roster in Blacksburg, post-Logan Thomas, is shaping up to be Mark Leal, Trey Gresh, Brenden Motley, Carlis Parker, Bucky Hodges and walk-ons Brian Rody and Connor Jessop. Already, Parker has taken some reps as a wide receiver.