Catching up with VT Commit Eddie Whitley

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Eddie Whitley flashes a grin as he wears
a VT cap on ESPNU this afternoon.

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Butler (Matthews, N.C.) senior defensive back Eddie Whitley , a Virginia Tech commit, may have to sit out his senior season due to a torn ACL he suffered in June, but that doesn’t mean he is staying away from football. In fact, he is hoping to be around the game as much as possible to compensate for the lost season.

One way the 6-1, 175-pound prospect is staying around the game is by volunteering as a coach in a youth football league. Another way is to get to as many Virginia Tech home games as possible. He’ll start with this weekend’s contest versus East Carolina.

“I’m probably scheduled to go to all of Virginia Tech’s home games,” Whitley said. “I want to get around as much football as possible since I won’t be able to play.”

Whitley looks forward to catching up with head coach Frank Beamer, who was instrumental in landing the talented recruit.

“When coach Frank Beamer told me that he knew about my injury and that even if I got in a car accident on the way home he would hold up my offer, that stuck with me,” Whitley recalled. “I was going back and forth on my decision. He told me that on my second trip to Virginia Tech (which occurred in July), which was with my parents. My parents were impressed, too. When it came time to make a decision, all I could think about was what coach Beamer said.”

The Tar Heel state star admits that he almost committed to N.C. State. At the time, he had visited Virginia Tech for its June 9th camp and had made a trip to N.C. State later that month. He was