National Signing Day was a little kinder to Frank Beamer this time around.
Thanks in part, no doubt, to his coaching staff’s newest addition — Beamer’s son Shane.
“I think he’s very detailed, and he works at it,” Beamer said. “A lot of those kids, (recruiting director) Jim Cavanaugh started them out, and Shane, I think, did a good job of finishing it off.”
The younger Beamer — who spent a decade getting experience recruiting in SEC country — was a big help to Virginia Tech in his first year as a part of the staff.
“I think he did a great job at South Carolina,” said Gerry Hamilton, the national recruiting analyst for 247Sports. “I think that’s carried on over to Virginia Tech. I think he’s one of the guys who is a grinder in the business, and he’s proven to be a good evaluator over his time. From an organizational standpoint and just grinding away getting it done, he’s been good wherever he’s been.”
Shane was the lead recruiter on eight of Tech’s 28 signees.
“He’s one of the best recruiters in the country, and any time you can have a guy like that on your staff it can help,” said JC Shurburtt, the national recruiting director for 247Sports. “His familiarity with Virginia Tech and the state of Virginia obviously helps. Also going through some real wars at Mississippi State and South Carolina, prepares you for the wars you fight in the state of Virginia.”