The last-minute switch of three-star inside linebacker Jawand Blue from Virginia Tech to Miami caused quite a stir on Twitter earlier this afternoon. A reporter began sending out tweets from what a Virginia Tech assistant had expected to be a private telephone conversation between he and Blue. Thanks to the immediacy of today's technology, there was some confusion and misinformation, and it seemed to bother coach Frank Beamer as much as the decommitment, if not more.
"I think the kid wanted to stay closer to home, and we originally planned to bring him in in January," Beamer said. "And then as we were watching video for next year, there are a couple of outstanding linebackers here in the state that we want to recruit, so I think everything is going to turn out OK in that regard. But I found it highly unusual that a newspaper guy would be tweeting a private conversation that was being had there. And then I'm interested in how the newspaper guy got onto their conversation, and us not be aware of it. It's a little bit unusual. We're checking into that right now."
Beamer said the reporter spoke with a member of Virginia Tech's communications staff and "was very apologetic."
It worked out well for Miami. The Canes had a spot open up when Reggie Northrup decided at the last minute to head to Florida State.
"We just didn't have a spot for [Blue], and then we had a guy flip at the last minute," said Brennan Carroll, Miami's national recruiting coordinator. "He had communicated through a couple of his former teammates that are now on our team that he always wanted to be a Hurricane. We loved the way he played and his style."
So did the Hokies.