DJ Harvey commits to the Hokies as the potential headliner for Justin Fuente and Virginia Tech’s 2021 recruiting class.
Over the last few months, Virginia Tech’s 2021 group has felt a little rickety. Back in May, 4-star quarterback Dematrius Davis decommitted from VT. One month later, Latrell Neville, a 3-star receiver out of Texas, followed suit. Decisions such as these are natural and to be expected given the fluidity of recruiting, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, Harvey’s commitment to Virginia Tech is a stabilizing force. A 4-star prospect out of California, Harvey ranks as the No. 18 cornerback in the 2021 cycle, per 247 Sports.
— DJ Harvey (@Dharv02) July 4, 2020
Harvey, now the highest-ranked prospect in Virginia Tech’s 2021 class, plays prep ball for Sierra Canyon in Chatsworth. Sierra Canyon is known more for its powers on the basketball floor; in recent years, the school helped produced Duke stars Marvin Bagley III, the 2018 ACC Player of the Year, and Cassius Stanley.
During the 2019-20 season, Sierra Canyon’s basketball roster featured both LeBron James Jr. and Zaire Wade, son of retired NBA star Dwyane Wade, along with 5-star prospects BJ Boston, a Kentucky commit, and Ziare Williams, a Stanford commit.
Despite his Californian roots, Harvey (5-foot-11, 166 pounds) has been considered a bit of a Virginia Tech lean for some time now, though the timing of his commitment (July 4) came earlier than expected. It’s fortunate, too, for the Hokies.
With 12 commits, Virginia Tech’s 2021 class ranks No. 51 nationally, per 247 Sports — 13th among ACC programs. That’s less than optimal; however, several key targets remain uncommitted, including 4-star in-state defensive linemen Kelvin Gilliam and Tyleik Williams.