Virginia Tech picked up its fifth commitment of the 2014 class Sunday night when a recent visitor chose the Hokies over multiple additional offers.
Kalen McCain committed to Virginia Tech on Sunday night. He's the fifth verbal commitment in the 2014 class for the Hokies.
Three-star safety Kalen McCain (Durham, N.C./Hillside) picked Virginia Tech over Louisville, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech and Appalachian State. McCain visited his top two schools, Louisville and Virginia Tech, this weekend and made his pledge to his recruiter, Hokies defensive line coach Charley Wiles and his future position coach at Virginia Tech, Torrian Gray on Sunday night.
“I had a feeling that I was going to go to Virginia Tech when the offered me,” McCain said. “I just wanted to see the campus and the facilities, as well as meet the coaches and get a feel for how it will be when I go to school there.”
On his visit to Virginia Tech on Saturday, McCain met with Gray, who explained the tradition of defensive backs at the school. Being able to play for Gray and be a part of that tradition was a deciding factor for McCain.
“(Gray) is cool,” McCain said. “He is one of the coolest coaches I have ever talked with. When we talk he has this confidence and he wants me to be a leader and a play maker to help him win big games. I like that, he is a real great dude, we have a great relationship. (Gray) told me he feels like the happiest DB coach on earth right now.”
McCain talked more about the Hokies’ tradition of producing excellent players in the secondary.
“The tradition at Virginia Tech with defensive backs was a big factor, producing a lot of players that play in the NFL,” he said. “Virginia Tech is also a good school for education, so it was a win-win situation to pick Virginia Tech. I feel very confident that on signing day I will sign with Virginia Tech.”
After making his commitment, McCain pledged that he is going to try and bring more talent to Blacksburg with him. Top247 wide receiver Trevion Thompson and four-star running back Donte Thomas-Williams both play with McCain at Hillside.
“I am going to try (and bring my teammates), it would be nice to bring some players from high school to build a legacy somewhere.”
McCain had a message for Virginia Tech fans about his pledge.
“I just want to let Hokie Nation know that I am a great player, I go 150 percent on every play and I always give my best effort, I am a fighter,” he said.
-McCain is ranked as the No. 53 safety prospect nationally and the No. 19 overall prospect in the state of North Carolina by 247Sports. He has a numerical rating of 87, which equates to three stars.
-In the recruiting industry-generated 247Composite, which equally weighs prospect rankings and ratings from major recruiting media outlets, McCain is the No. 71 safety prospect nationally in the 2014 class and the No. 22 overall prospect in North Carolina. He has a 247Composite rating of 0.8456, which also equates to three stars.
-McCain is the first verbal commitment for Wiles in this cycle and the second for Gray, joining Florida athlete Javon Harrison. Wiles was the primary recruiter.
-McCain is the second defensive commit for Virginia Tech in the 2014 class, joining four-star defensive end Vincent Mihota.
-McCain is the second out-of state commitment for the Hokies and the first from the state of North Carolina in this class. Harrison is the other out-of-state pledge.
-The commitment moved the Hokies up to No. 13 nationally in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings for the 2014 cycle. Note- The official 247Sports team rankings are calculated using 247Composite rankings and ratings exclusively to give fans a broad sense of where the recruiting industry as a whole rates their team’s class.
-McCain also moved Virginia Tech to to No. 3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings for the 2014 cycle.