Tag:Shane Beamer
Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:14 pm
 

Virginia Tech grabs first two commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Virginia Tech is on the board for 2013. The Hokies picked up their first two commitments in the class on Saturday with pledges from Midlothian (Va.) defensive back Holland Fisher and Richmond (Va.) athlete Cequan Jefferson.

"I was just sitting here thinking to myself, out of all the places I've visited, everywhere I've been, nowhere made me feel as good as Virginia Tech did," Fisher told HokieHaven.com. "I feel like I fit in perfectly."

The 6-foot-2, 198-pound safety also held offers from Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia among others but will follow his senior teammate Joel Caleb to Blacksburg. Shortly after Fisher committed, Jefferson did the same after a great experience on his unofficial visit during Junior Day.

"One was their foundation there, it's awesome and then another one is the fact they have a great football team," Jefferson said. "Also, their academic program is out of this world and they will provide all the help you can get. You can't leave there without getting a diploma and I don't want to be just a football player, I want to graduate too. That is a huge part of why I chose Virginia Tech."

Hokies assistant Shane Beamer was responsible for landing both players to kick off Virginia Tech's recruiting in the class of 2013.
Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:24 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 6:32 pm
 

ACC Signing Day Overview



Posted by Bryan Fischer


National Signing Day is almost here and recruits across the country are gearing up for plenty of last-minute pitches and school visits as head coaches look to shape their program for years to come. While the past few years haven't been kind to the ACC in terms of on the field reputation, several schools are making quite the push on the recruiting trail. In 2010, no ACC team finished in the top 15 in the Maxpreps top 25 team rankings. In 2012, as many five could, including two top-five class possibilities. The league is very top-heavy but there's a clear talent influx headed to the East Coast with the upcoming class.

MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, ACC
College Commits Top 100 Moving
6. Miami 31 6
9. Florida State 16 4
13. Clemson 20 2
15. Virginia Tech 26 0
20. Virginia 25 2

Top storylines

1. Can Miami close on a top 10 class despite NCAA cloud?

This isn't what head coach Al Golden signed up for but it's what he has to deal with - which he's done superbly so far. It's no surprise that they've gotten some of the best players in their backyard and really sold recruits on the program despite whatever looming NCAA sanctions are bound to hit during their careers. One thing to keep in mind is that the Hurricanes can offer plenty of early playing time given the losses they've had due to underclassmen declaring for the NFL Draft or graduation. There are several players that really aren't up to the caliber that Miami usually recruits but given Golden's track record of molding talent in previous stops, the full story on this class won't be written for some time. There are impact players on both sides of the ball, players who will add much-needed depth and potential redshirt candidates in what could be the ACC's largest class. A handful of players are still being recruited hard by other programs and will not doubt be hearing how hard the program will get hit by the folks in Indianapolis for the Nevin Shapiro scandal. It will be interesting to track down and see if the Hurricanes trend up or down on Signing Day in the team rankings.

2. Does Florida State close with a bang or go bust?

In his first year as head coach, Jimbo Fisher quickly brought the Seminoles back to national prominence in February by grabbing commitments from top recruits in talent producing Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. 2011 had an elite recruit at each position outside of quarterback and FSU finished with a top three class. It looked like the program was destined for a similar finish early in the 2012 recruiting cycle but have been hit by several defections (notably to Alabama) and the crown jewel this year, quarterback Jameis Winston, is a threat to sign with another school and/or get drafted by a major league baseball team. There's still several very talented players, especially along the defensive line, but you wonder if this group gets picked apart or if Fisher and the talented recruiters on his staff close with a bang.

3. Does Clemson bring in another big haul?

If there was one big surprise on Signing Day last year, it was how well Clemson did. One of the frequently asked questions seemed to be how the Tigers were able to pull so many highly regarded recruits but it appears that Dabo Swinney and his staff's recruiting ability is one of the best in the ACC and one of the top groups on the East Coast. This year's group of commitments has plenty of talented players who should see early playing time and help Clemson reload for another ACC title run this season. The group is heavy along both lines but the Tigers are in the running for some impressive skill position talent this final week and could be poised for another big Signing Day.

4. Better in-state battle: Miami-Florida State or Virginia-Virginia Tech?

The fact that Virginia is even in the discussion is a testament to what Mike London had done in terms of turning around the program. Both programs in the state are about done with their recruiting classes and the Cavaliers could wind up with more top 100 commitments than their in-state rival. Virginia Tech's group is deeper and more balanced but doesn't have quite the impact players at the top that you would expect. Still, both programs look like they'll have a strong class come February 2nd.

Further to the South, both Florida programs are locked into a battle that could see both wind up as top 10 classes when all is said and done. Miami will have a bigger, deeper class while Florida State will likely end up with a star-filled group of players that might not have the numbers. Both programs be in a battle down to the final hours to see who finishes with a higher class ranking from the looks of it.

Most impressive class: Miami

Most underrated class: N.C. State

Work left to do: Boston College

Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
4. Mario Edwards Jr. DL Florida State
12. Jameis Winston QB Florida State
13. Nelson Agholor ATH Uncommitted
17. Eddie Goldman DT Uncommitted
25. Travis Blanks DB Clemson
41. Eli Harold DL Virginia
45. Joel Caleb ATH Uncommitted
56. Mario Pender RB Florida State
63. Michael Moore DE Virginia
72. Deon Bush DB Miami
 

Assistant recruiters of note:

Mike Siravo, Boston College
Chad Morris, Jeff Scott and Brent Venables, Clemson
James Coley, Dameyune Craig, Eddie Gran and Lawrence Dawsey, Florida State
Mike Locksley, Maryland
Mike Reed and Jerry Petercuskie, N.C. State
Matt Lubick, Duke
Brian Bohannon and Andy McCollum, Georgia Tech
Terry Richardson and Brennan Carroll, Miami
Chris Kapilovic and Vic Koenning, North Carolina
Anthony Poindexter, Virginia
Shane Beamer and Torrian Gray, Virginia Tech

Head coach under pressure: Randy Edsall, Maryland

Top ACC class prediction: Florida State

Top ACC signee: Mario Edwards, Jr.

ACC school-by-school
Atlantic Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 LB Steven Daniels
OL Win Homer
There's not a real impact player in this class and that's the biggest issue. A solid group of front seven players and lineman, the lack of skill position talent is notable.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DB Travis Blanks
ATH Germone Hopper
QB Chad Kelly
DT Carlos Watkins
Another very good class for the Tigers, Blanks is versatile and might be the best cover guy in 2012. Kelly has a strong arm and should take over for Tajh Boyd when the time comes.
- Team page
- Commitment list
16 DE Chris Casher
DE Mario Edwards Jr.
DE Dante Fowler Jr.
QB Jameis Winston
 This might be the best collection of D-linemen in the country. Edwards is likely to end up in Tallahassee and it's almost unfair to pair him with guys like Casher and Fowler off the edge. If Winston arrives on campus, then this group has great potential down the road.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 RB Wes Brown
LB Abner Logan
OL Mike Madaras
 A solid effort by Edsall, it remains to be seen what kind of magic Locksley can work this year. Brown has a chance to play early in a variety of roles but there's a lot of talent that needs to be developed in this class.
- Team page
- Commitment list
22 DT K'Hadree Hooker
QB James Summers
DE Kenderius Whitehead
 Though the Wolfpack missed out on some of the top in-state talent, this is an underrated group that has a lot of solid contributors. Summers seems to be the guy going forward while Whitehead is a great addition on the DL.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 QB Tyler Cameron
LB Dominique Gibson
 Jim Grobe doesn't play many recruits early so it will be awhile before we know how good any of this class will be but Cameron is a great pick up and one of the top QBs in South Florida.
Coastal Division Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 WR Max McCaffrey
DB Dwayne Norman
RB Shaquille Powell
Powell could have played at some bigger programs and is a hard runner who brings a lot to the table for the Blue Devils. There's a lot of skill position players who are not that fast but can contribute in a variety of areas.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 ATH Dennis Andrews
DE Francis Kallon
QB Justin Thomas
 Thomas will be a very good fit in the option offense at QB and might be the fastest triggerman Paul Johnson has ever had. Yellow Jackets also look like they're getting a good overall group of linemen.
- Team page
- Commitment list
31 DB Deon Bush
DE Jelani Hamilton
RB Randy Johnson
DE Tyriq McCord
There's a ton of explosiveness in this class but there's also a few questionable players in this group in terms of talent level. After "Duke" Johnson's senior year, it looks like the Hurricanes are getting the two best players in the state in him and Hamilton.
- Team page
- Commitment list
17 LB Shakeel Rashad
OL J.J. Patterson
LB Phillip Williamson
 Between the NCAA, Butch Davis and the new staff, not much is expected of the Tar Heels' 2012 class. Losing QB Patton Robinette during UNC orientation to Vanderbilt is a huge blow.
- Team page
- Commitment list
25 DE Eli Harold
LB Kwontie Moore
DE Michael Moore
DE Courtnye Wynn
 Kwontie Moore is an impressive linebacker who can hit like Ray Lewis and run like a safety. The defensive linemen in this class should have plenty guys who see early playing time.
- Team page
- Commitment list
26 RB J.C. Coleman
RB Drew Harris
DE Jarontay Jones
DB Donaldven Manning
 Jones is a big time DE but the there's plenty of players who will re-stock the wide receiver and defensive back positions. Coleman and Harris are going to be a very good 1-2 punch in the back field very soon.

Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:49 am
Edited on: October 6, 2011 10:49 am
 

10/6 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Number one recruit Dorial Green-Beckham could be at Arkansas' game against Auburn this week.

Tennessee linebacker commit Justin King had to switch to quarterback to help his high school team out.

Shane Beamer is one of Virginia Tech's best recruiters and not just Frank Beamer's son.

Al Golden is satisfied with Miami's recruiting efforts despite losing two recruits.

Notre Dame recruiting by the numbers.

An Ohio State recruiting notebook.

Michigan State is using the bye week to send out staff members to go see recruits.

For Tennessee and Georgia, recruiting in the Peach state can sometimes trump the game with the school in Athens.

With Texas A&M's move to the SEC, the increased exposure in the state could help recruiting.

Posted on: September 21, 2011 10:06 am
Edited on: September 21, 2011 10:07 am
 

9/21 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Top tight end recruit Kent Taylor could return to the field from a broken hand soon.

What do Georgia Tech recruits think about ACC expansion?

Moving to the ACC has made James Washington's commitment to Syracuse firmer.

West Virginia and Wake Forest offered 2013 running back Greg Bryant on Tuesday.

Offensive lineman Adam Pankey will take an unofficial visit to Pitt this week.

Will Muschamp's rant against the NCAA earned him some recruiting currency.

A recruiting trip to Ohio State ended up making Colorado head coach Jon Embree a Buff.

Shane Beamer discussed recruiting at Virginia Tech and the NCAA allegations at his previous stop, South Carolina.

Quarterback Shane Morris is both a recruit and a recruiter for Michigan.

Commitments

Offensive lineman Jackson Bounamia committed to Air Force.

Kentucky landed athlete Fred Tiller out of Georgia.


Posted on: September 1, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Mangus is commit number 24 for Virginia Tech

Posted by Bryan Fischer

While most of the nation was excited about the college football season kicking off, Raleigh (N.C.) running back Chris Mangus was looking forward to just one team Thursday evening, verbally committing to Virginia Tech after returning from an unofficial visit there.

"I just talked to my parents and was weighing the pros and cons and made the decision," Mangus told HokieHaven.com. "I pretty much enjoyed everything about my visit, the whole trip, everything about it. The coaches and they also have a good football program. Being on campus and talking to the coaches, knowing the history about Virginia Tech, that's what really did it."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder was also considering Virginia and held scholarship offers from Notre Dame and N.C. State among others. The much-needed commitment at the running back position was due in large part to the Virginia Tech coaching staff winning him over with their success in Blacksburg.

"Coach (Mike) O'Cain was a cool guy, he was laid back and pretty much he was honest, he spoke the truth," Mangus said. "I talked to Coach Shane Beamer as well. He's a young coach and he has a lot of experience being at South Carolina. He knows what he's talking about."

Mangus is coming off back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons in high school and scored 13 touchdowns last years. He is the 24th commitment for the Hokies, tying them for tops in the nation in terms of number of commitments.

"Not real big but runs with decent power, shows good vision, instincts, moves well, and does a great job of following his blockers," recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said of Mangus. "He runs low to the ground and does a good job of avoiding direct hits."

J.C. Coleman is also committed to the program at the running back position and ranked as the 26th-best running back in the country by MaxPreps.
Posted on: July 14, 2011 8:34 am
Edited on: July 14, 2011 8:51 am
 

7/14 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Virginia Tech's Shane Beamer is on a recruiting tear recently.

Minnesota seems to be targeting one unusual area for recruiting: South Florida.

Seems like more and more Colorado is becoming a destination for Texas recruits.

Florida's Friday Night Lights camp continues to add top talent from all over the region.

Offensive lineman John Theus headlines the list of players at Georgia's Dawg Night camp.

A few top performers from Michigan State's recent camp.

Georgia Tech is looking to add some linemen during their summer camp.

Commitments:

Wide receiver Devonte Robinson committed to West Virginia.

Florida linebacker Jakarri Thomas selected Arkansas yesterday.
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Virginia Tech Spring Game a recruiting success

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Virginia Tech's Spring Game was expected to be part of a big recruiting weekend for the Hokies. Not only were former players like Michael Vick expected to be in town to catch part of the action, several high profile recruits were as well.

When all was said and done, Tech head coach Frank Beamer managed to score the commitments from two players on Saturday in Chesapeake (Va.) running back J.C. Coleman and Portsmouth (Va.) athlete Der'Woun Greene.

"I committed at halftime, right after the half," Coleman told HokieHaven.com. "I called Coach (Kevin) Newsome and he came over to me in the stands and I told him and he congratulated me, all the coaches congratulated me, Beamer, Shane (Beamer), (Billy) Hite and more."

"I committed to Virginia Tech during the fourth quarter," Greene told the website. "I told Coach Newsome first. After that, I told the rest of the coaches, it was great."

The 5-foot-7, 170 pound Coleman is a scat back who runs a 4.4 40-yard dash. He held offers from Duke, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia among others.

"I love the offense, it's a power offense and the coaches compare me and want to use me like David Wilson, in a variety of ways," Coleman said. "I have a real opportunity to play early here and all the coaches showed me love from day one, plus they have decent academics too. I also love the winning tradition."

For Greene, a 5-foot-10, 175 pound athlete who will likely line up as a defensive back, the decision to commit to Virginia Tech was easy after being a fan for several years prior.

"I grew up on them," he said. "It's the environment, the team and the engineering, that's my likely major.

Coleman rushed for 1,410 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior last year. The pair gives the Hokies seven commitments for the class of 2012.

 
 
 
 
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