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Justin Fuente and Virginia Tech remain hot on the recruiting trail.

The Hokies just recently secured their second commitment from Georgia. That came by way of 3-star defensive end Cole Nelson, out of Johns Creek High School in Alpharetta.

He follows unranked running back Malachi Thomas as the other commit from the Peach State to head to Blacksburg. This is also Virginia Tech’s 16th commit for the class of 2021. The Hokies recruiting class now ranks 11th in the ACC and 44th nationally, according to 247 Sports Composite.


Nelson, who held 34 Division I offers, chose the Hokies over Wake Forest, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Indiana, Memphis, UCF, and East Carolina. Virginia Tech was the heavy favorite during the duration of Nelson’s recruitment.

Now that it’s official, the Hokies have to be fairly happy with landing Nelson’s services. It’s safe to say first-year co-defensive line coach Darryl Tapp got his guy. Virginia Tech was seen as one of the more aggressive schools in Nelson’s recruitment.


Given Nelson’s size, he will likely fit in on the right side up front when he arrives on campus in the fall of 2021. At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, the Georgia native compares to the size of current redshirt junior Tyjuan Garbutt (6-1, 238 pounds) and fellow Georgia product Emmanuel Belmar (6-2, 245 pounds).

His quickness up front can also quickly garner Nelson some playing time when he relocates to Blacksburg. There will however, be competition. He will likely have to beat out fellow class of 2021 defensive end Mattheus Carroll, and Eli Adams.


This is a huge pick-up for Virginia Tech. It’s case of the rich getting richer with the Hokies continuing to stack up on the defensive line. Don’t forget Tyjuan Garbutt, Norell Pollard, and Mario Kendricks will all be back for 2021. Time will tell who else the Hokies will pursue, if they even choose to do so.

With the way Coach Tapp has been recruiting, that wouldn’t be a surprise. But with the talent up front in Blacksburg right now, and the talent coming in, adding a kid like Nelson certainly will only increase the prestige the “Lunch Pail D” brings up front.