ACC: Parker Osterloh

Hokies announce early enrollees

January, 16, 2013
Seven early enrollees will join Virginia Tech when the team meets Monday afternoon to begin preparing for the 2013 season. The school announced the enrollment of: defensive back Brandon Facyson, offensive lineman Parker Osterloh and quarterback Carlis Parker, along with 2012 signees Woody Baron, Seth Dooley and Jerome Wright. Additionally, Fork Union prepster Jonathan McLaughlin, who gave a verbal comitment to the Hokies in December, joins the squad. All seven begin classes Tuesday.

From the release:
Baron and Dooley both signed with Tech last February and deferred their enrollments to this semester. Wright also signed with Tech in 2012, but went to Fork Union Military Academy for a semester.

Facyson is from Newnan, Ga., and played at Northgate High. He is ranked as the No. 25 cornerback in the country and the No. 39 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation. Osterloh is an offensive tackle from Williamsburg’s Warhill High. He is rated as the No. 45 offensive tackle in the country by 247Sports. Parker is a quarterback from Statesville, N.C., who is listed as the No. 17 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 21 prospect in North Carolina by Rivals.

McLaughlin is the only new name to Tech fans as he committed to the Hokies just last month after signing with East Carolina coming out of high school. After a semester at Fork Union, the offensive lineman from Mauldin, S.C., chose Virginia Tech. He is ranked the No. 27 prep player in the country, the No. 3 prep offensive tackle and the No. 19 prep player in Virginia by 247Sports.

Because Facyson, McLaughlin, Osterloh and Parker are enrolling in January, none will sign a National Letter of Intent. Baron, Dooley and Wright’s NLIs from 2012 were still binding. Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 6 this year.

Storms don't ruin VT's big weekend

April, 27, 2012
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."