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Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente watches his team perform during the Virginia Tech Maroon - White Spring football game in Blacksburg Va. Saturday April 13 2019. (AP Photo / The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)

Virginia Tech landed a verbal commitment from 3-star running back C.J. Beasley on Friday afternoon. The Maury High School senior to be announced his decision at his high school in Norfolk, Virginia.

“I think he’s going to the spot that’s the best fit for him,” Maury High School coach Dyrri McCain said, in a phone interview. “It’s somewhere where he feels like home and has the opportunity to compete.”

According to 247Sports composite rankings, Beasley is the No. 93 ranked running back in the 2020 signing class and No. 28 ranked recruit in Virginia.

Virginia Tech was the first Power 5 school to offer the three-star back when he visited the school in January. He added offers Tennessee and Pittsburgh later that month. Beasley also had offers from Rutgers, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Liberty and Old Dominion.

Beasley put up 2,409 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior to help Maury High School reach the 5A semifinals with a 12-2 record. The speedster also runs track and recently won a regional championship in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.

“There’s nothing he can’t or won’t do,” McCain said. “He’s explosive. He can run. He’s a very tough kid, very tough. Has vision. Can catch the ball out the backfield, can line up outside and run routes and he’s also not afraid to put his body in front of a pass blocker. I think these days a lot of backs aren’t being taught to pass block. He does a fairly good job of doing that for the guys we have outside. He has a complete game.”

Some college teams might have written Beasley off because of the running back’s slight 5-foot-9, 170-pound frame, but McCain doesn’t anticipate that being an issue for Beasley at the next level.

“He has all the ability, all the talent, everything, good character,” McCain said. “The only thing he’s missing is a good college weight room and nutrition program. I have no worries he’s going to be able to put on weight. Zero. Once he gets under that, the sky is the limit."

McCain's effusive praise comes from seeing Beasley's focus and work ethic up close. 

“I’m not trying to flavor him up, but the kid has the determination naturally, he doesn’t need anybody to push him,” McCain said. "It's only going to get better." 

Beasley becomes Virginia Tech’s fourth verbal commit in the 2020 class joining wide receiver Jalin Hyatt, linebacker Tyreem Powell and quarterback Noah Kim. The Hokies went into Friday ranked 11th in the ACC in 247Sports’ team rankings. Five schools in the conference (Clemson, Miami, Florida State, North Carolina and Georgia Tech) have double-digit verbal commitments.

Virginia Tech’s 2019 recruiting class was ranked No. 3 in the ACC. The Hokies added a pair of running backs in the class — Keshawn King and Tahj Gary — who are scheduled to arrive in Blacksburg in the coming weeks.

Deshawn McClease and Jalen Holston spent the spring competing for the starting job, but a clear frontrunner didn’t emerge. They will compete with the incoming freshmen and a healthy Terius Wheatley (he missed spring practice after shoulder surgery) for the top spot in the fall.

Mike Niziolek is the Virginia Tech football beat writer for The Roanoke Times. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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