New Virginia Tech commit Parker Ferrell at the 2021 Super 32 (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)
Monday afternoon the Virginia Tech Hokies received a verbal commitment from a top rising junior in their backyard in Parker Ferrell (Christiansburg, VA). Ferrell is the #30 overall wrestler in the Class of 2024 per the latest update from MatScouts. In the latest national rankings from MatScouts, Ferrell comes in at Class of 2024#8 at 220 lbs.
A 2022 Virginia state champion in the 3A division, Ferrell recently took third place at the UWW Cadet World Team Trials in freestyle at 110kg. Last summer, Parker placed top-five in both styles in the 16U age group in Fargo. He was third in freestyle and fifth in Greco-Roman. In between those events, Ferrell was third at the Super 32, seventh at the Walsh Ironman, and fourth at the Beast of the East.
Ferrell projects as a heavyweight at the next level. He's a throwback to the tall, big-bodied heavyweights we used to see frequently in college at 275 and 285 lbs. The Hokies don't have a pressing need at 285 lbs as former blue-chip recruit and current starter, Hunter Catka, still has four years of eligibility remaining; however, with so much time between now and then it's unclear whether Catka will use all four years. He qualified for nationals in 2021 and redshirted last season.
Christiansburg High School, located just a few miles away from Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus has been a very helpful feeder program for the Hokies over the last 15 years. During that time, some of Virginia Tech's best wrestlers have enrolled after graduating from CHS. Multiple-time All-Americans Devin Carter, Joey Dance, Zach Epperly, and Hunter Bolen are all former stars for the Blue Demons.
For more recruiting information, check InterMat's College Commitment Page.