Last week, Frank Beamer once again - for the fourth time in the past year - dipped into the talent-rich Washington D.C. area and plucked out a big-time 2015 commitment, specifically Ashton White.
White - a four-star recruit, according to 247Sports.com - plays his prep ball for Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy. 247Sport.com has him pegged as the No. 27 athlete in the 2015 class, and the No. 3 overall player in Nation's Capital. His commitment makes White - a devastatingly gifted athlete (4.48 in the 40) - the second verbal pledge of the Hokies' 2015 recruiting class, joining four-star DE Michael Barnett.
Two of his teammates at Friendship Collegiate are major college recruits, too. Senior tailback Jonathan Haden - brother of Joe Haden (Florida), Jordan Haden (Florida Gators/Cleveland Browns), and Josh Haden (Boston College) committed to Arizona in June. Senior DB Jalen Tabor - a five-star recruit - is set to decide between Alabama, Florida, Maryland and Arizona in January.
The bond between the VT coaching staff and White, who chose Tech over Ohio State and Maryland, was strong. He was in Blacksburg several times this Fall, including for their win in October over North Carolina. Virginia Tech was the first school to offer White a scholarship, which occured around six months ago.
In recent weeks, two Hokie assistants - Torrian Gray and Aaron Moorehead - traveled cross state to visit White. After these visits, White made his decision, telling Rivals:
Coach Moorehead is a great guy. Even though he's been recruiting me for a while, he's one of those coaches that loves coaching. He loves his players, he loves the game of football, he knows what he's talking about and he knows how to interact with recruits. With him, it's about family, football, grades, just everything.
Over the summer White camped with Virginia Tech, which is when and where his relationship with Moorehead first began. He also camped with the Buckeyes back in June, too.
He may be listed as an athlete, but White plans to play defensive back when he arrives on campus - something coordinator Bud Foster will be pleased to hear, I'm sure.
In fact, it was Tech's ability to develop and produce talented DBs that attracted White to the program. According to White, there isn't a better school for a promising young defensive back to attend, as he told HokieHaven.com: "Everybody knows Virginia Tech is 'DBU.' They've been producing great defensive backs for years and years. They're known for their defense and it's a top-ranked defense and a very good secondary."
It was more than just a tradition of producing playmakers in the secondary that got the 5-11, 175-pound prospect to commit to the Hokies, though: "I love the environment, the academics, the school, the program. The program, it’s a winning program."
For highlights of White, check out his Hudl page.