At 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds, Class of 2019 offensive guard Donovan Beaver is no slouch. Still, size was something Beaver noticed last weekend when he took in his first college game as a recruit.
Beaver, a junior at Massaponax High School in Fredericksburg , was on hand Saturday for Virginia Tech’s win over Delaware. Now with offers from the Hokies, Virginia and Maryland, he’s gotten a good idea of what to expect. But Virginia Tech’s collective size jumped out in a big way to Beaver when he was on the sideline in Lane Stadium.
“I like Virginia Tech, but they’re really big,” he said. “The players are big and they’re all just really big. I’m big, but I’m not big like that. It just really stood out, how massive they are. I felt tiny. I don’t really get intimidated, but it’s one of those things, I ask myself, ‘Am I good enough for that?’ That’s a different caliber.”
The visit marked Beaver’s third time at Virginia Tech. He also visited in January for the Hokies’ junior day and in June for one of their camps.
“‘Enter Sandman’ is pretty cool, there’s no denying that,” Beaver said of his recent visit. “That’s really cool. It was my first college game, where I was really close to the sideline. It was cool that all the positions sat down and the coaches talked to them immediately. I think that’s how most colleges are, but I thought that was cool.”
Beaver said he also spoke briefly with defensive coordinator Bud Foster, his primary recruiter. And Beaver said he also likes where their relationship is, as well as with assistant coach Vance Vice.
“I talked to them a little bit, but they were in game mode, so not too much,” Beaver said. “They don’t really constantly contact me, but they do check in. So, it’s not a constant, but they do check in. I think that’s a good thing. I enjoy it. Some people talk to you a ton and I’m like, ‘I don’t know if I want to respond right now.’”
Beaver said he also has stayed in touch with Virginia. The Cavaliers, like Virginia Tech, offered this past spring.
“Nothing’s really changed with them,” Beaver said of Virginia. “I still...
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