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John Ojiako, a 6-foot-10 center from Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Fla., 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 Class of 2020 in the state of Florida 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 only been playing basketball for a little more than two years, Allen said.

“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.”

Ojiako, who’s 209 pounds, 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.”

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.

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