Chung Reflects On Commitment

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Frank Beamer received some good news the morning of July 14.  Prior to the Hokies’ one-day camp, Ponte Vedra (FL) rising senior Kyle Chung accepted the longtime Tech head coach’s scholarship offer.  As it turns out, it was Beamer himself who truly sold the 6’4″, 260-pound offensive line/tight end prospect on the school.

Kyle Chung speaks with Charley Wiles at Virginia Tech’s July 14 Camp.

“I really didn’t know what I would do when I went there,” said Chung, who was in Blacksburg on an unofficial visit.  “I had it in my mind, but I was planning on not doing it.  Being around Coach Beamer and the team, I just felt it was the place I wanted to be.”

Accompanied by his father, Eugene, Kyle arrived at Tech the night of July 12.  He was given a tour of the campus and facilities on Friday.  Kyle and his father met with Coach Beamer Friday afternoon, at which point another meeting was scheduled for Saturday morning.

“The tour was great and everything, but I still wasn’t planning on committing the whole trip,” Chung said.  “Coach Beamer sold the program to me when we met Saturday morning.”

Not even Eugene, who was a star offensive lineman at Virginia Tech, knew what his son would do Saturday morning.

“He was really surprised.  He told me he wasn’t expecting it at all,” Kyle said when asked what Eugene’s reaction to the commitment was.  “He was really happy.  He said he’s proud of me.  He was in Coach Beamer’s first recruiting class.  The coaching staff is pretty much the same as when he played, so this is a unique opportunity.  He was saying Coach Beamer is pretty much the same guy.  His philosophy is pretty much still the same.”

Coach Beamer closed the deal, but primary recruiter Charley Wiles did a great job of laying the groundwork for the Hokies.

“Coach Wiles is great,” Chung said.  “He