C.J. Beasley (center) and family at his commitment (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Virginia Tech grabs a 757 commitment with speedster C.J. Beasley
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Virginia Tech landed a key component with the commitment of Maury running back C.J. Beasley (2020 RB 5-8 175).
“When I went there, the atmosphere, the love they were giving me, the fans… everything just felt perfect. I knew that was it,” said Beasley.
He also admitted that he liked the idea of playing close to home and Virginia Tech felt like home.
Beasley had double digit scholarship offers, but he put hats from Pitt, Tennessee and Virginia Tech on the table in front of him when he sat with his family at a table on the stage in the Maury High School Auditorium.
At the ceremony, Beasley thanked his coaches, his teammates, his friends and his family before doing the hat grab. The Tennessee hat was grabbed first, but the Virginia Tech hat wound up on his head as the crowd cheered.
“I’ve been narrowing (the options) down, I just wasn’t making public. I’m not used to the Top Five and all that. I wanted to shock everybody and just come out of the blue,” he said. “This decision takes one piece off my plate so now I can just relax and know that I’m good. I’m going to college and I can just focus in on football and just demolish.”
Maury head coach Dyrii McCain spoke highly of Beasley’s academic focus and his character.
“C.J. is explosive, dynamic and a play maker. He’s gritty and anything you ask of him, he’ll get it done. As a person, he’s very determined. He has all the intangibles. He’s respectful. He gets it done in the classroom. The faculty, the coaches (football and track), teammates… we all love him. I don’t worry about him past high school. He’s going to accomplish whatever he puts his mind to,” said McCain in his address to the audience before the decision.
Beasley becomes Virginia Tech’s first running back commitment for the recruiting class of 2020 and joins Westfield quarterback Noah Kim as the second in-state commitment in a Hokie recruiting class that now has four members.
C.J. will be the key tailback for a Commodore team that’s expected to make a deep playoff run this fall and they’ll have eyes on avenging a state semifinal loss to Highland Springs in December on their way to a potential state championship game appearance.
– Andy Hilton