Hokies sign U.S. No. 1 track and field recruit

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech track and field and cross country director Dave Cianelli announced Thursday that Tyson Jones has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Hokies for the 2018-19 season.

“I could not be more excited to add Tyson Jones to our Virginia Tech family,” throws coach Andrew Dubs said. “Having become close with his family over the past year, it is clear to see how he has turned into the young man that he is, having come from such an outstanding support system. We welcomed both Tyson and his mother for an official visit this fall and had an incredible time. There was an immediate connection that I know made them feel comfortable and at home.

“Tyson has already accomplished so much during his high school career, but I believe he has even greater potential on the ACC and NCAA level. I have watched him compete in person, and it is clear to see his passion, dedication, and competitiveness when in the spotlight. Adding the U.S. No. 1 recruit in the country to this year’s signing class, gives us what we believe to be one of the best, if not the best, recruiting class in school history.”

A native of Goodyear, Arizona, Jones comes to Blacksburg as the No. 1 recruit in the nation, according to DyeStat Track and Field. Jones is a two-time AIA state champion in the shot put and is currently the No. 1 returning United States thrower in the event. His personal best mark in the shot put (12 pounds) is 67 feet, 6.5 inches, while his best in the discus is 181 feet, eight inches.

“I chose Virginia Tech because of the wonderful campus and the friendly environment,” Jones said. “While on my official visit, I really enjoyed my time with the team. The coaching staff was really friendly and everyone was very welcoming. I really felt at home at VT and that I could see myself in Hokie Nation.”

The Hokies will open their 2018 indoor season at the Nittany Lion Challenge from Jan. 12-13, held at Penn State’s campus in State College.

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