Virginia Tech’s first half play against Arkansas at the Belk Bowl has been one to forget. The Hokies are down 24-0 after being blitzed by the Razorbacks on both sides of the balls. Two Jerod Evans turnovers have proved costly digging themselves into an early hole.
It appears the Hokies are not just losing on the field, they are losing off it as well. Three-star athlete Malik Willis de-committed from the program during their ugly first half.
— 〽alik Willis (@Willis_Malik7) December 29, 2016
Call it a coincidence. Willis later made sure to be clear he was not dumping the Hokies because of the scoreboard.
💯I wasn't even watchin the game lol https://t.co/W9Y7x10CE1
— 〽alik Willis (@Willis_Malik7) December 30, 2016
Willis, an Atlanta native, has attended several Georgia Tech games as of late, according Norm Wood of the Daily Press.
— Norm Wood (@normwood) December 29, 2016
Willis was a relatively unknown ahead of his senior season at Roswell when he received an offer from the Hokies and later accepted the offer verbally. But since he has had an outstanding senior year he garnered more attention. He threw for over 2,500 yards and 27 touchdowns against nine interceptions. He also rushed for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns leading Roswell to a 14-1 season and an appearance in the Georgia State 6A championship.
His offer list has grown to 13 schools and their was thought he would be projected at another position other than quarterback at Virginia Tech. The Hokies also have a commitment from Hendon Hooker, a dual-threat quarterback from Dudley (Greensboro, N.C.)
Rarely does a student athlete de-commits to later commit to the same program. And with all signs pointing to him playing closer to home, Justin Fuente and his staff will more than likely have to move on from Willis.