During a National Signing Day that largely went in its favor, Virginia Tech had an embarrassing moment when former linebacker commit Jawand Blue called to tell the Hokies he had decided to sign with Miami. Unbeknownst to Virginia Tech, a reporter from the Palm Beach Post was also on the line and tweeted out quotes that he originally attributed to Coach Frank Beamer.
At around noon Wednesday, Matt Porter (@mattyports) tweeted, “Blue to Frank Beamer, ‘I wanted to stay home.’ Beamer: ‘It doesn’t make any sense. I’ve never felt more betrayed or lied to.’ ”
Porter later tweeted that Beamer said, “You want to go to a program that wins bowl games, a clean program, that dominates the ACC,” and used the phrase “you’ve got homeboys here” when trying to convince Blue that he should keep his commitment with the Hokies.
A Virginia Tech spokesman quickly denied that it was Beamer on the phone and Porter has since removed the tweets with quotes of the conversation from his Twitter account. The school later confirmed that the coach on the other end of the line was defensive line coach Charley Wiles, Blue’s lead recruiter.
“We understand that’s part of the game now,” the Hokies spokesman said. “We just want to attribute it correctly.”
Blue, a three-star recruit from Boca Raton, Fla., had been orally committed to the Hokies since July. His high school teammate at West Boca Raton High, wide receiver Robert Lockhart, de-committed from Virginia Tech last month after receiving an offer from the hometown Hurricanes.
As of 12:30 p.m. the Hokies had received national letters-of-intent from 28 recruits and since Blue appears headed to Miami, that completes their 2012 recruiting class. Full profiles of all the prospects are coming shortly.