Virginia Tech got a late start in recruiting Montour basketball star Devin Wilson. But Virginia Tech finished first in the race for Wilson.
Wilson, a 6-foot-3 point guard and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette player of the year, made a verbal commitment Monday night to Virginia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference. He will sign a binding letter of intent with the Hokies later this week.
Virginia Tech didn't start recruiting Wilson until early March. Some other Division I colleges didn't start recruiting Wilson until February. Wilson chose Virginia Tech over George Mason and St. Joseph's. He visited all three.
"I was going back and forth between Virginia Tech and George Mason," Wilson said. "Then my dad said something to me that really stuck out. He said if you took the coaches away from the schools, what school would you still be happy with? I said then that I wanted Virginia Tech."
Something else played a role in Wilson's decision. "It helped that the ACC probably has the best competition in the country," he said.
• Josh Goetz, a 6-8 senior center at Mars, will attend the Naval Academy. Goetz is the second WPIAL basketball recruit for Navy. Shawn Anderson of New Castle committed to Navy last fall. Goetz and Anderson will attend Navy's prep school for a year.
• In football recruiting, Gateway junior receiver-defensive back Delvon Randall (6-0, 180) and defensive end-linebacker Brenon Thrift (6-3, 240) committed to Temple. They were recruited by Temple assistant Terry Smith, who was Gateway's coach until a few months ago.mobilehome - hsbasketball
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