Collins Hill (Suwanee, GA) linebacker Emmanuel Belmar first heard from Virginia Tech in late January/early February of this year. Roughly one week later, Tech became the first school to offer a scholarship to the 6’3”, 220-pound prospect.
Torrian Gray led the way initially as Belmar’s primary recruiter. Once the Hokies offered, defensive coordinator Bud Foster was in consistent contact with the class of 2016 standout.
“[The Tech staff] said multiple times how much they wanted me. They said they really liked me,” said Belmar, who, in addition to Tech, received scholarship offers from Colorado State, Syracuse, Virginia and Missouri, among others. Missouri offered just last week.
Prior to learning he had a scholarship offer from head coach Frank Beamer, the only thing Belmar knew about Tech was that the Hokies defeated Ohio State last year. But on July 20, Belmar’s parents called Virginia Tech’s staff before handing the phone off to their son, who then verbally committed to the Hokies. The Peach State standout made two unofficial visits to Blacksburg before arriving at his decision.
“It’s the school that showed me the most love. The campus is nice. My parents really liked it a lot,” Belmar said of Tech.
Coach Foster’s track record factored into Belmar’s decision as well.
“He’s one of the best defensive coordinators in the game,” Belmar said.
Belmar expects to play linebacker at Virginia Tech. His high school freshman season was his first playing linebacker, as he had primarily played on the line up until that point.
“Linebacker was a pretty natural fit for me,” Belmar said.
Collins Hill head coach Kevin Reach recalled Belmar’s career to date.
“We saw him as an eighth grader. In the ninth grade, he was a solid player. As a sophomore he started off as a backup outside linebacker. He worked his way to being a starter. He had a great season,” Reach said. “The problem we had last year was he attended a Tennessee football camp before the season. He pulled a hamstring. That hampered him for four or five games. He’s a tough kid so he played through it, but he wasn’t himself his junior year.”
When healthy, Belmar “covers well in space, tackles well in space, and he can come off the edge well,” Reach said.
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