The Virginia Tech Hokies haven’t had the success they’re used to having over the past few seasons.
After going 11-3 and losing the ACC Championship Game in 2011, the Hokies went just 7-6 in 2012, including a win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the Russell Athletic Bowl. They followed that up with an 8-5 season in 2013 that saw them end the season in blowout fashion, losing to the UCLA Bruins 42-12 in the Sun Bowl.
The Hokies are trying to climb back to the top of the ACC and become a national contender once again, but to do that, they will have to recruit better.
On Wednesday, the Hokies went into the talent rich state of Florida to add their latest commitment when 3-star outside linebacker Carson Lydon gave his pledge to the Hokies.
“I made up my mind about a week and a half ago,” Lydon told Bob Putnam of The Tampa Bay Times. “I thought now would be the best time to do this so I didn’t have it hanging over me the next few days and I could concentrate on getting ready for our game.”
The 6’1, 231-pound Lydon is from Tarpon Springs, Florida and attends East Lake High School. He is ranked as the country’s 65th-best outside linebacker prospect, the 140th-best overall prospect in the state of Florida and the 1,052nd-best overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
Lydon, who chose the Hokies over offers from the Boston College Eagles, Stanford Cardinal and Wisconsin Badgers, among others, was offered by the Hokies back in March.
“I love everything about the school, the location, the coaches, it was just the perfect fit for me,” Lydon said.