Virginia Tech had more than 200 recruits on campus this past weekend for its July recruiting camp, and it gave Coach Frank Beamer a chance to show off a slimmed-down physique.
Beamer, who enters his 26th season at Virginia Tech as the winningest active coach in college football, has shed 32 pounds since spring practice ended in April, the result of an increased exercise regimen and a new diet. He’s back down to about 172 pounds, his playing weight as a safety at Virginia Tech from 1966 to 1968.
“I stopped eating and started exercising,” Beamer said, before posing for the above picture. “It just kind of dropped off.”
Beamer said he had tried other diets in the past but that his body never quite felt right when he did them for an extended period of time. This time around, he eliminated starches and sugars from his diet in favor of fruits and vegetables. He also put himself on a 2,000-calorie per day limit.
After undergoing knee replacement surgery in 2008, Beamer had made a habit of going on afternoon walks around campus. But in recent months, he added a morning workout on an elliptical machine to his docket.
The results were easy to see Saturday as a svelte Beamer roamed the Hokies’ practice field chatting up recruits.
“I really made my mind up to do this thing, to lose weight this time,” he said.
The Hokies also received two oral commitments from 2013 prospects courtesy of this weekend’s camp. The first came from legacy recruit Kyle Chung, son of former Virginia Tech great Eugene Chung. A Ponte Vedra, Fla., native, Kyle is a three-star tight end recruit, according to Rivals.com. He could bulk up and become an offensive lineman once he arrives on campus in 2013. Chung will join linebacker Tariq Edwards as Hokies football players with fathers who played for Beamer at Virginia Tech.
“With the lineage and him being coached by the guy who coached me, it’s almost unheard of,” said Eugene Chung, who called the decision a “no brainer” even though Kyle had offers from Maryland, Virginia, Arkansas and Miami, among others.
Following the conclusion of Saturday’s camp, cornerback Brandon Facyson of Newnan, Ga., outside Atlanta also orally committed to Virginia Tech. He chose the Hokies over Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.
A three-star recruit according to Rivals, Facyson spent Saturday morning in a Blacksburg emergency room. His tonsils flared up and will need to be removed, but Facyson simply got a shot to reduce the swelling. He returned to camp in the afternoon to let Beamer know he plans to join the Hokies.