The Texas-to-Virginia Tech football recruiting pipeline may have sprung a leak. Four-star quarterback Dematrius Davis, who committed to the Hokies in November, announced Wednesday he was reopening his recruitment.
“I want to make sure I am making the right decision for me and my family,” Davis tweeted.
He said he would still be making his scheduled official visit to Virginia Tech, indicating the Hokies are still in the running to land the 6-foot, 190-pound dual-threat quarterback from Houston.
Auburn, which recently hired former SMU coach Chad Morris, as its offensive coordinator, reportedly has a high level of interest in Davis, who threw for 2,393 yards and ran for another 1,171 in leading North Shore High School to a state championship this past season.
The Hokies didn’t sign a quarterback in their 2020 recruiting class and had just one — three-star Knox Kadum — in the 2019 class.
Virginia Tech hadn’t signed a high school senior out of Texas for at least three decades before defensive linemen Alec Bryant and Robert Wooten joined the 2020 signing class.
Davis was one of two commitments from Houston in the 2021 class. The other, wide receiver Latrell Neville, committed to Tech in April.
Fuente said not recruiting Texas, where he and his staff have numerous ties, was an error in his first years at Tech.
“This is one of the mistakes I made when I got here, quite honestly,” Fuente said. “When I got here I said, ‘We’re not going to go down there. We’re going to stay in the traditional part where Virginia Tech has always recruited.’”
Fuente is an Oklahoma native, played at Oklahoma, and coached at TCU. His staff has coaches and recruiters with ties to the Midwest and Texas. (Virginia Tech assistants have been unavailable to the media this spring.)
The newfound Lone Star State success has helped mask some of the shortcomings of the Hokies’ recruiting efforts in Virginia.
Just one of the 17 members of the 2020 signing class is a native Virginian — two-star wide receiver Lakeem Rudolph, from Virginia Beach. With Bryant and Wooten, there are more Texans among the team’s incoming freshmen than Virginians.
Among the six commitments the Hokies have secured for their 2021 class, none are from Virginia. Two were from Houston — before Davis decommitted.