Catching Up With VT’s First 2013 Commits

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Hokies head coach Frank Beamer covets those in-state recruits, and that’s exactly what he got in Tech’s first two commitments in the class of 2013.  Both players attended Virginia Tech’s junior day on February 18 and committed later that night.

Holland Fisher , Linebacker/Safety

In terms of timing, Clover Hill (Midlothian, VA) star Holland Fisher had initially planned on following in the footsteps of teammate Joel Caleb, who waited until Signing Day 2012 to announce his college choice.  But after returning home from Saturday’s junior day in Blacksburg, the junior linebacker/safety prospect decided against waiting.

“Me and my brother were talking when we got home.  I said I think I might go ahead and commit today,” recalled Fisher, who chose Tech over offers from Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.  “I called Coach Shane, told him, and he told me to call Frank Beamer.  I did, and I said I was proud to be a Hokie.

“I was going to wait until Signing Day, but I have been to many schools, and Virginia Tech is where I felt most comfortable.  It just felt right.  When I went there, my family enjoyed it.  I grew up as a Virginia Tech fan, so this is a dream come true really.  It’s still kind of unbelievable.”

Fisher cites the “personality of the coaching staff” as a big reason why he felt so comfortable with Virginia Tech.  Primary recruiter Shane Beamer played a significant role in that aspect.

“A lot of recruiters, they keep in your ear all the time,” Fisher said.  “Coach Shane, he is kind of laid back.  I would talk to him every once in a while.  I’d even call him every once in a while, just to talk about things.  We just developed a good relationship over the course of the process.”

Shane Beamer led the way, but the entire staff impressed Fisher.

“[Shane Beamer] was really just one of many,” Fisher said.  “I’m very close with him because of the whole recruiting process, but I got to meet the rest of the coaching staff and I liked all of them.”

Fisher, who stands 6’2″ and weighs 190 pounds, started six games at Mike