Salem LB Reflects On Commitment To VT

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Andrew Motu’apuaka was one of a flurry of commitments Virginia Tech received on April 21.  The Salem (Virginia Beach, VA) junior linebacker didn’t admit this before, but the Hokies were at the forefront of his thinking since Frank Beamer offered a scholarship in early 2012.

Andrew Motu'apuaka

“VT was my favorite throughout my recruiting process because they showed me a lot of love and they were the first school to offer me,” Motu’apuaka wrote in an interview over Facebook.  He also considered offers from Stanford, James Madison and Old Dominion.

The 6’0″, 210-pound linebacker, a first-team all-Beach district and first-team all-Tidewater pick in 2011, was drawn to Tech for one main reason:  Bud Foster.

“I like the defense and mentality Coach Foster is running,” wrote Motu’apuaka, who is known as a tough, savvy and aggressive defender.  He had 97 tackles and three picks last season as a junior.  “The chance to play for one of the most respected defensive coordinators in the nation is what separated VT from the other schools.”

Coach Foster envisions the Sun Devils standout as a Whip linebacker.  Motu’apuaka, who plans to enroll at Tech in the summer of 2013, feels he’ll be able to make the transition.

“I play inside linebacker at my school now.  The only difference is I have to be faster and quicker at outside linebacker,” Motu’apuaka wrote.

“This offseason I’m focused on getting more flexible in the hips to move around quicker in space, putting in hard work in the weight room and speed work on the field.”

Motu’apuaka plans to return to Blacksburg for an unofficial visit on July 14.  Whether or not he’ll be joined by Salem classmate Bucky Hodges remains to be seen, but the standout linebacker is certainly pleased that the two will be teammates