Robby Fletcher, sportswriter
The Athletic Coast Conference has received a recruiting boost in recent weeks, with the Virginia Tech Hokies taking on a commitment from Collegiate star Krystian Williams on July 18 and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons receiving a boost in their special teams with Goochland kicker Tyler Black on July 28.
Williams, a Class of 2023 three-star athlete according to 247Sports, was an All-VISAA member in his junior season and is yet another in-state pick-up for newly hired Virginia Tech head coach Brent Pry. and its staff.
On the same day he signed up, Williams tweeted a Hokies-themed graphic that read “Best Virginia Stay in Virginia” along with an 804-shaped image of Lane Stadium. Williams is the eighth rookie from Virginia to be selected Virginia Tech in the Class of 2023.
He also responded to offers from a host of ACC programs like Wake Forest, Boston College, and Duke.
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The six-foot-two, 170-pound Cougars’ eldest is a quick and dynamic player with the ball in his hands, helping his team to a 5-5 record. Williams is also a standout on the track, running a 55-yard indoor time of 6.66 with a long jump of 24 feet, 1.5 inches.
Black is also coming off a stellar junior year in which he earned second-team All-State honors and was listed as an All-Metro honorable mention member.
“I am fortunate to have received and committed to a full scholarship to Wake Forest University,” Black announced on his Twitter. “Thank you to everyone who has helped me along this journey and I am excited to continue my sporting and academic career at Wake Forest!”
During his junior season, Black converted four of his six field goal attempts with a longest kick of 38 yards, while going 26 of 31 on the PATs.
He was also a solid placekicker, finishing the season with 45% of his kickoffs for touchbacks.
Black managed to impress the Demon Deacons staff when he showed off his kicking ability at their camp on June 17.
Like Williams, Black was also a standout track and field athlete, winning his second straight state title in the pole vault last winter for the Bulldogs.