Monday, April 23, 2012
Hokies Have A Big Day Despite Weather
Virginia Tech's annual Maroon-White spring football game was cancelled Saturday due to lightning in the Blacksburg area.
It was still a big day for the football program despite the weather. The game was to be televised by ESPN3, a program first, and featured approximately 75 high school prospects in attendance.
Though there was ultimately no game, recruits got an idea what Blacksburg is like on a game day as the atmosphere was essentially the same.
Several recruits chose Saturday as the chance to make their verbal commitments to coach Frank Beamer and staff, with 6 players committing to the Hokies.
Perhaps the most important was 6-6 junior quarterback Bucky Hodges from Virginia Beach.
Hodges was Tech's top QB target and looks the part of a Hokie quarterback during the second-half of the Beamer era; he's mobile.
He chose the Hokies over scholarship offers from Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Virginia and West Virginia among others.
During his sophomore campaign, Hodges completed 119 of 199 passes for 1,602 yards with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also added 438 yards and 8 scores on the ground.
His 40-time is somewhere around 4.6 depending on which online resource you consult. Regardless, on film he looks more agile than current Tech starter Logan Thomas who is a sneaky-fast bruiser.
The Hokies also picked up a commitment from Hodges' Salem High School teammate, linebacker Andrew Motu'apuaka.
Standing 6-0, 210-pounds Motu'apuaka projects as a whip linebacker at Tech. During his junior season, Motu'apuaka tallied 97 tackles and three interceptions.
He also had an offer from Stanford.