It finally happened. On Saturday evening, Blacksburg High School running back Coleton Beck announced he’d received a scholarship offer from the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Thankful to receive my 28th from Virginia Tech! pic.twitter.com/CF6dZDV6mZ— Cole Beck (@ColetonBeck) August 6, 2017
Beck’s lack of an offer from his hometown team had many Hokie fans scratching their heads. He’d camped at Virginia Tech several times for head coach Justin Fuente and still hadn’t received an offer. Sources close to the program say Fuente has always liked Beck, but it was more of a numbers crunch than anything. Perhaps missing out on some other backs this cycle paved the way for the Beck offer.
The 6’1”, 185-pound rising senior is arguably the best player in southwest Virginia. James Mitchell, another VT target, would be his closest competition. Speed is the name of the game for Beck, who also runs track. He may do both in college. He was timed in the 100 meters at 10.4 seconds and ran below a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash. Those are insane numbers.
As a junior, Beck ran for over 2,200 yards and scored 40 touchdowns. He is primed for a huge senior season. According to the 247Sports composite, Beck is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 15 all-purpose back in America for the class of 2018. He currently holds 28 scholarship offers and named a top five of Pittsburgh, Louisville, East Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
This was a move that had to be made. You can’t teach the kind of speed Beck possesses. And he also happens to be a terrific player, too. The Hokies have offered lesser players in recent years, some of whom are currently still on the roster. Fuente would never have offered Beck if he didn’t believe he had a role in mind for him.
The biggest question is, did the offer come too late? That’s something only Beck can answer, however, Fuente is a big fan and the offer did come before his senior season.
When the high school season begins soon, expect Beck to have another big year and more scholarship offers will follow.