Just when it seemed Virginia Tech football’s luck procuring prospects this offseason couldn’t get better, the Hokies added another player to the mix Monday evening. Except this time the good news came in the form of a transfer.
Former Georgia offensive lineman Brent Benedict announced to multiple outlets that he is transferring to Virginia Tech next month after visiting Blacksburg this past weekend. Benedict reportedly chose the Hokies over suitors such as Florida and Clemson.
“I liked Virginia Tech the first time around” in the recruiting process,” Benedict told the Florida Times-Union. “It’s a great program with a coaching staff that’s been there awhile. They win games and do well in the ACC. I’m really excited to get up there.”
The transfer is of particular importance because Virginia Tech will lose four of its five starters along the offensive line following this season. Benedict will have to sit out the 2011 season because of NCAA transfer rules, but he will have three years of eligibility remaining when he steps on the field for the 2012 campaign.
Benedict was a four-star recruit out of the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla,, but he never played a snap at Georgia after suffering a serious knee injury during his senior year of high school. The injury forced him to redshirt last season, and after participating in the Bulldogs’ spring practice this year he informed Coach Mark Richt in June that he would be leaving school for “personal reasons.”
Listed at 6 feet 5 and 301 pounds, Benedict began his college career at tackle but ended Georgia’s spring practice as a back-up guard. New running backs coach Shane Beamer, who has already been instrumental in helping Virginia Tech land four 2012 oral commitments, served as Benedict’s primary recruiter with the Hokies.