ATH, Class of 2021
Narbonne High School, Harbor City, CA
Having a ‘midnight madness’ event to kick off the college basketball season has long been commonplace, even if it’s changed some in recent years. This past weekend, Virginia Tech took the unique initiative of applying that to football.
For Narbonne (Calif.) four-star athlete Anthony Beavers, the late start was perfect. Beavers made the trip to Blacksburg with his seven-on-seven team, Premium Sports, and said the midnight event worked well with his west coast biological clock.
For Beavers, a former Oregon commitment, the visit was his first to Blacksburg. While it might have been simply an early glimpse at the Hokies, it was a trip that resonated in a few ways.
“It was pretty dope, just something new,” Beavers said. “They’re pretty creative building that up, doing something with the west coast guys. My seven-on-seven team, we just try to see every school possible so we can have a wide horizon. There’s a lot of organizations that can benefit our lives and futures. We want to see everyone who offers.”
Beavers, No. 171 in the 2021 Rivals250, picked up a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech on Thursday, before he and his teammates left southern California, and getting to Blacksburg shed more light on the Hokies.
“I didn’t know much about it,” he said. “I just know about Mike Vick, Kam Chancellor, and Kyle Fuller. I didn’t know D-Hall (DeAngelo Hall) went there, so that was cool to find that out. Just the rich gameday tradition with the ‘Sandman’ jumps and all that. Just how impactful the fan base is to Virginia Tech football, that was dope to see that.”
Assistant coach Beau Davidson has been the primary contact for Beavers, as well as many of his seven-on-seven teammates, and the connection has been fairly quick.
“He’s been in contact with most of us,” Beavers said. “Then, a lot of analysts and directors have been in contact, building the connection with Virginia and LA (Los Angeles). There’s a lot of guys who could go there. He’s serious about Virginia Tech and how much it can impact the lives of the people who go there. It was an information visit. We learned about Virginia Tech, how big and strong the players are getting. It’s cool...
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