No surprises for Hokies, wrap up their 18 signees

The best news for Virginia Tech on signing day was that there

were no surprises.

Coach Frank Beamer and his staff felt like they have had their

class of 18 recruits wrapped up for some time, and even their worst

season in 20 years followed by wholesale changes to his offensive

coaching staff didn’t cost the Hokies players they wanted.

A class heralded by recruiting services as one of Beamer’s best

in recent years includes 5-start recruit Kendall Fuller, a

cornerback from Baltimore ranked among the top prospects in the

country. He’ll be the fourth Fuller brother, and perhaps the mostly

highly anticipated, to play for Beamer with the Hokies.

”The tough thing about Kendall Fuller is, he’s the last one,”

Beamer said of the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder. ”Kendall I think is

extremely athletic. I think he’ll have a chance to figure in in our

secondary play. I think he needs to get his hands on the ball some.

We’ll work with him as a return guy. And maybe even after he gets

settled defensively maybe get a couple offensive packages or an

offensive package he might get involved with. He’s quite a

player.”

Fuller will join brother Kyle in the Hokies’ secondary next

season. Older brothers Vincent and Corey have already been through

the program.

Virginia Tech also signed Bucky Hodges, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound

quarterback from Virginia Beach who draws comparisons to the

Hokies’ quarterback the past two seasons, Logan Thomas, not only

for his size, but for the way he plays. Both can run to buy time,

or gain yardage, and both have strong arms.

Hokies recruiting coordinator Bryan Stinespring said Hodges will

benefit greatly from having Thomas around as a mentor for a

year.

”I think you have a guy in Logan who understands how important

it is to develop as a quarterback, because you just can’t rely on

skill and ability,” Stinespring, the Hokies’ offensive coordinator

until Beamer shuffled his staff this offseason, said. ”There are

nuances of the game that you have to develop. And I think Logan is

such a personable guy that he’s a guy that anybody would benefit to

be under, because he’s always going to want to help others.”

Beamer has always focused first and foremost on recruiting

Virginia hard, and 12 of his 18 signees are from within the

state.

They also include a pair of 6-2, 200-pound free safeties in

Holland Fisher of Richmond and Anthony Shegog of Stafford, and 6-0,

225-pound linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka of Virginia Beach, who

Stinespring compared to former Hokies linebacker Vince Hall, one of

their best defenders ever.

”Vince Hall just had a knack of being around the football and

making plays around the football. And Andrew has that same knack.

The ball is snapped, all of a sudden you look up and there’s

Andrew. Like he’s dialed in, got a GPS on the football. He plays

the run well. He’s a very good blitzer,” Stinespring said.

Beamer, like Stinespring, was loathe to compare recruits to

former players, but couldn’t help himself in discussing Carlis

Parker of Statesville, N.C.

”I told him he reminded me a little bit of Michael Vick, and

not only because he’s left-handed, but some of the things he does

on the field would remind you of that,” Beamer said. ”He’s an

excellent athlete but he can throw the football. That’s what we

recruited him for, is to be a quarterback. And I think he will

be.”