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John Ojiako, a 6-foot-10 center from Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida, verbally committed to Virginia Tech on Tuesday, according to Admiral Farragut coach Julian Allen.

Ojiako plans to reclassify from the class of 2020 to the class of 2019 and attend Virginia Tech this fall, Allen said. He has enough credits to graduate high school early, Allen said.

Ojiako was rated the No. 25 center in the nation in the class of 2020 by ESPN. He was rated the No. 10 player in the state of Florida in the class of 2020 by ESPN.

“He loves to dunk the basketball, that’s for sure,” Allen said. “He’s strong, he’s athletic. He does a great job changing shots at the basket and going after rebounds.”

Allen said Ojiako’s other finalists were LSU and Georgia.

Ojiako is from Nigeria. He has been playing basketball for only a little over two years, said Allen.

“He’s a special talent and he’s only going to get better,” Allen said. “He has a nice touch around the basket. He can also shoot the ball. He’s very consistent from the 15-foot area. He can score with his back to the basket. He can turn and face. The kid’s just talented.

“I wouldn’t say he’s fully developed, but I would say he has a very high ceiling. … He’s a pretty good player right now, but he still has a lot of things he needs to work on.”

ESPN lists Ojiako at 6-9 and 209 pounds, but Allen said he is 6-10.

Ojiako played for Wesley Christian in Kentucky in the 2017-18 season before transferring to Admiral Farragut Academy.

“[Tech is] getting a great kid,” Allen said. “He’s a straight-A student. He’s a workaholic; he loves to spend time in the gym and get better.”

Ojiako becomes the sixth recruit to commit to the Hokies since Mike Young became Tech’s coach in April. He is the third recruit in that group that is reclassifying from 2020 to 2019.

He becomes the 13th player set for the Tech roster for the upcoming season, including walk-on Brendan Palmer.

That also includes transfer Keve Aluma, who must sit out the upcoming season.

Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech men’s basketball and many other teams at the university. He also helps cover other colleges, including Radford, VMI, Roanoke, Washington and Lee and Ferrum.

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