Hokies, Hoos In First for Virginia Offensive Lineman

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Both in-state programs have put in offers, but Massaponax (Va.) 2019 offensive tackle Donavan Beaver (6-6, 260) isn’t getting into his recruitment fully just yet.

Virginia Tech and Virginia were first to offer, with the Hokies’ offer coming earlier this year. Beaver has an idea of what he’s searching for in a college home, and he’s seen both offering schools in person. His focus, though, is on the task at hand over his next two high school seasons.

“I like college towns, I don’t like to be in the city,” Beaver said. “I like it to be more quiet, and I like the outdoors a lot. I like schools that have that aspect. I think it would be cool to go to a school that runs a lot. We run the triple option, so I really like run-blocking. It would be cool to do a lot of run-blocking.”

Since the first of the year, Beaver visited Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Duke. All of them gave him more perspective on what aspects are attractive.

“It’s really serious and everything they do is taken extremely seriously,” Beaver said. “Everyone is really close and you can tell all the players have to love each other to get through it.”

Beaver, whose father went to Virginia Tech, camped with the Hokies last month and also attended a junior day in January. He also was on hand in December for their Belk Bowl win over Arkansas.

“It’s a pretty cool place,” Beaver said of Virginia Tech. “I like the coaches and their intensity. They’re all intense guys that are relaxed, but really intense. It’s a really cool campus. It’s different, with the Hokie stone. It’s everywhere.”

Between his two trips to Blacksburg, Beaver said he also picked up a similar vibe.

“Those coaches, they’re all consistent guys,” he said. “The junior day reflected exactly what they were doing during the camp. They didn’t change at all on junior day and camp.”

Defensive coordinator Bud Foster has been Beaver’s primary recruiter and the one who made the offer. Beaver said he and Foster have spoken a bit in-depth on a few occasions.

“He came to my school twice,” Beaver said. “The first time he came, that’s when I got offered. The second time, we just talked a little bit. He told me he really likes me and how he likes me as a player. He told me he thinks I’m going to be really good. It’s cool to hear from one of the top coaches in the nation that you’re going to