Virginia Tech began eyeing linebacker prospect Tavante Beckett when Beckett was a sophomore at Oscar Smith High School (Chesapeake, VA). Beckett, who transferred to Indian River following an outstanding 2014 season (his junior season) performance at Oscar Smith, recently received the news he was looking for from the Hokies.
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“I’ve been waiting for it for so long,” Beckett said, referring to the scholarship offer he received from Virginia Tech on May 5. “They’ve been recruiting me since my sophomore year. It has been a year and some change. I was happy to get it. At one point, if Virginia Tech were to offer I’d commit on the spot. They waited a little longer and now I have options, so I might take my time and see my options.”
Primary recruiter Bryan Stinespring and defensive coordinator Bud Foster “said they love the way I play,” Beckett said. “They said they can’t wait to get me to Blacksburg.”
Beckett admits he has “always been a Virginia Tech fan. I know J.C. Coleman, Jaylen Bradshaw, Deshawn McClease, and they have offered a lot of my friends and teammates. It’s always good to have people you know.”
Virginia Tech’s coaches mentioned the possibility of a gray-shirt when they first extended the offer. Beckett admits he wasn’t certain he would want to delay enrollment, but it appears the issue is moot as the coaches have since clarified that the offer is for regular enrollment.
One week after Virginia Tech came through with a scholarship offer, Wisconsin and East Carolina followed suit. Army and Marshall have also offered the 6’0”, 210-pound rising senior. Beckett says other schools, including Auburn, are expressing serious interest as well.
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