The Frankinator released a bunch of updates on his website today regarding the future of the program.
Ju-Ju Clayton, Isaiah Hamlette, Courtney Prince and Dwight Tucker will not return to the program in 2012. Prince has one more season of eligibility and will transfer to Eastern Kentucky. Hamlette is looking to play at a I-AA school. Both have already graduated. Neither Clayton and Tucker will continue their football careers, both will graduate in May.
J.C. Coleman and Dewayne Alford will enroll in classes for the spring semester. Two other players are expected to join them. (Expect one of them to be Robert Lockhart.)
The 2012 Maroon-White Game is April 21st at 4:00 pm.
The Hokies could sign as many as 28 players in the upcoming 2012 class.
Winter Workouts begin on January 17th when the players return and run through March 12th.
Georgia transfer Brent Benedict will be a redshirt sophomore in 2012.
A projected first-team offensive line was listed as: Nick Becton, David Wang, Andrew Miller, Brent Benedict and Michael Via. Vinston Painter, Laurence Gibson Mark Shuman and Nick Acree are expected to battle for playing time as well.
These last two updates are included verbatim, read between the lines at your own risk.
"David Wilson has scheduled a news conference for Friday to announce whether or not he's returning to Virginia Tech, or declaring himself eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. Wilson has requested that Coach Frank Beamer attend his press conference."
"Virginia Tech expects to have an 11-man Senior Class for the 2012 season: Nick Becton, D.J. Coles, Marcus Davis, Randall Dunn, Jeron Gouveia-Winslow, Antoine Hopkins, Vinston Painter, Dyrell Roberts, Bruce Taylor, Alonzo Tweedy and Michael Via."