Virginia Tech’s wide-receiver corps, which performed to mixed reviews in the Hokies’ season-opening loss to Alabama, will be relieved to know help is on the way.
Cameron Phillips, a 6-foot, 178-pound wide receiver from DeMatha who committed to the Hokies on July 31, had seven catches for 140 yards in a 26-9 victory over Godby High School of Tallahasssee, Fla.
Earlier, Phillips had taken a short pass and gone 59 yards for a game-changing 24-20 DeMatha victory over Phoebus of Hampton.
Before committing to the Hokies, Phillips had a healthy offer list that included Penn State, North Carolina, UVa, West Virginia and Georgia Tech.
ALABAMA HAS entered the picture for Ricky Walker, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive lineman from Bethel High School in Hampton who also is taking a serious look at Virginia Tech.
Pittsburgh also has a foot in the door with Walker, younger brother of UVa senior defensive back and co-captain Rijo Walker.
Rijo Walker has played sporadically during his UVa career and that was seen as a reason why his family was less than enthusiastic about having younger brother Ricky play for the Cavaliers.
More recently, there has been a thaw in relations between UVa and the Walker family. Ricky Walker has expressed interest in going to games in Charlottesville, but it’s a stretch to say the Cavaliers could become a player in his recruiting.
THE HOKIES are in good shape with Derek Nnadi, a 6-1, 299-pound defensive lineman from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach whose father is a Tech alumnus.
Florida State also is in the picture with Nnadi, who listed UVa among his favorites early but appears to have cooled on the Cavaliers, although it wouldn’t be a surprise to see any of the uncommitted – or committed – players show up in Charlottesville for Saturday’s Oregon-UVa game.
IN BASKETBALL, the rivals.com database is showing 6-8 Devin Robinson from Christchurch School in Virginia as having visits scheduled on five successive fall weekends to Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Indiana, Florida and Connecticut.
Robert Johnson, the combo guard from Benedictine in Richmond who visited Indiana and North Carolina on successive weekends without making a commitment, will be at North Carolina this weekend for an official visit.
Martin Geben, a 6-9 Lithuanian from St. Maria Goretti in Hagerstown, Md., will be at UVa this weekend as the Cavaliers try to reverse Notre Dame’s momentum from a trip last weekend.
Vanderbilt has taken a commitment from Wade Baldwin, a 6-3 guard from St. Joseph’s in Metuchen, N.J., whose finalists included Virginia Tech, Minnesota, Rutgers and Pittsburgh.