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The official Texas to Virginia Tech movement is back on.
3-star wide receiver Da’Wain Lofton, out of Fort Worth, recently committed to the Hokies on July 23. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder, held 22 Division I offers.
Lofton is one of 18 current commits for Virginia Tech’s class of 2021. Lofton chose the Hokies over Mississippi State and Penn State.
This is a major get for Virginia Tech. Lofton was widely considered to be bound for Mississippi State as recent as June. We texted back and forth with Lofton about why Virginia Tech, reigniting #TX2VT, and more as he prepares to make his mark in Blacksburg.
Why Virginia Tech?
When asked about why Virginia Tech, his answer was short and sweet.
“The coaching staff”, Lofton texted.
It was clear that the Hokies’ staff had a huge impact on Lofton’s recruitment. “I would say Coach (Justin) Fuente [Head Coach], Coach (Jafar) Williams [WR Coach], and Coach (Adam) Lechtenburg [RB Coach]”, were those who made the biggest impact at Virginia Tech during his recruitment.
Playing in the ACC surrounded by 66,000 fans losing their minds to Metallica’s Enter Sandman, and playing early and often were huge factors for why the Texas product is a Hokie. Lofton stated that, “Getting to showcase my talents at a high level, having the chance to play early, and playing in front of such a great fan base”, was what excited him most about heading to Blacksburg.
Return of #TX2VT
After losing former 4-star quarterback commit Dematruis Davis from Houston (Auburn), and former 4-star wide receiver commit Latrell Nevile (Nebraska) out of the Lone Star State, the much commercialized Texas to Virginia Tech movement seemed dead. Lofton however, begged to differ.
“Being able to play with some guys that know how serious Texas (high school) football is”, is what Lofton mentioned when asked about what excited him about restarting the #TX2VT movement, showing pride in his home state. He said he hopes to play with more guys from Texas he knows going forward. Lofton hinted at bringing on more recruits from the state of Texas.
“We can compete with anyone”
Lofton expressed that he is hoping to start immediately, as well as to grow his football IQ.
“My goals at (Virginia Tech) personally are to start as a true freshman, become a freshman All-American, and learn more about the game of football at the collegiate level”, he emphasized on what his personal goals are for the Hokies.
Lofton has also already thought out his team goals in Blacksburg in great detail. He’s expressed his desire to do something Hokie fans will love to hear — to win.
“I want to be a leader early at VT, and prove to the team that we can compete with anyone,” he said.
Teammates On and Off the Field
Lofton also sees the value of building relationships within the team. He credits relationships to being a key factor for success on the field.
“I want to develop a relationship with my teammates,” he said. “If we trust each other outside of football, we’ll likely trust each other on the field.”
It will be interesting to see how things shake out when Lofton gets to campus. There is one thing Virginia Tech should be certain about — it has found a team-first player.
A Speedy Dynamic
As far as fit goes when Lofton steps foot on campus, Hokie fans might be happy to where he could play. Given his size, Lofton could possibly find some playing time as a slot receiver at Virginia Tech.
His game is similar to the likes of a bit taller former Hokie CJ Carroll (5-8, 173 pounds). With the quickness element to Lofton’s game, he could also see some reps as a potential punt returner for the Hokies in the next couple of seasons.
Potentially playing in the slot, it is hard to predict how quickly Lofton finds playing time for Justin Fuente’s Hokies. If he could get a little bit bigger, some could also see Lofton move to the outside in a more Tayvion Robinson (5-10, 185 pounds) role.
Time will tell, but with Lofton being added to the mix of 2021 Hokie commits, Virginia Tech should definitely be excited about what the Texas product will bring to the table.