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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Hokies announce 2012 recruiting class

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

If any of Shane Beamer's running backs can make an impact as quickly as he did on the recruiting trail, the Hokies should be OK in 2012.

The hire of the younger Beamer has given Virginia Tech's recruiting a boost this year, as the program announced its largest class since 2008, including four of the state's top nine players. There are 28 recruits in this class (31 in 2008). The Hokies lost JaWand Blue to Miami at the last minute, but they gained ESPNU 150 recruits Joel Caleb and Ken Ekanem earlier Wednesday morning.

“I am tremendously excited about this recruiting class,” coach Frank Beamer said in a prepared statement. “I think every year you have a good group, but I think this one is special. It’ll help us continue to move toward our stated goals. I’m particularly happy with the caliber of player, both from an athletic standpoint and from a character standpoint, that we recruited from Virginia. Plus, we were able to go outside of the state and recruit some high quality kids. We’re happy with our tailback position. We thought that was a real need this year. Another thing I feel great about is the quality of walk-ons we were able to attract. We have several kids who had scholarship offers to other places who have decided to come to Virginia Tech. I can’t name these players, but going over our history with the John Engelbergers, Cody Grimms and Jarrett Fergusons, I think this is a very positive sign for Virginia Tech.”