Friday, April 27, 2012
Storms don't ruin VT's big weekend
By Matt Fortuna
Rainstorms sent fans packing and had Frank Beamer disappointed that his team couldn't finish spring practice the proper way. But the Virginia Tech coach received more than enough good news Saturday to turn his weekend around.
Six prospects — including one from the Class of 2014 — pledged to the Hokies on the day of their rained-out spring game. Another committed to the program two days later, giving the Hokies 10 commits for the 2013 class.
Four-star quarterback Bucky Hodges and three-star offensive tackle Parker Osterloh gave Virginia Tech their word, along with outside linebacker Andrew Motu'apuaka, cornerback Charles Clark and guard Braxton Pfaff.
Class of 2014 defensive end Vincent Mihota was the 2014 prospect. Four-star athlete Carlis Parker committed two days later.
I caught up with our East and Southeast recruiting reporter Dave Hooker for his thoughts on the Hokies' big week.
"I think the stability of Virginia Tech's program can overcome a lot, including bad weather," Hooker said. "What Frank Beamer has, along with Bud Foster, is a long-term proven record of success that very few programs in the nation can compete with. If you sign with Virginia Tech, the chances are you're going to be coached by Beamer for your entire career."
Hooker praised Beamer's attention to detail in recruiting, saying the 26-year Virginia Tech coach locks in on the right fits for the program who make good on their words.
The Hokies' classes may not rank up there with Florida State's and Clemson's every year, but it is hardly an obstacle to overcome for a school that has won four of the last eight ACC titles.
"The thing to remember with Virginia Tech is I don't think they have to have the top-rated class to win titles," Hooker said. "A combination of recruiting and player development is the key to their success."