Cole Beck is staying home. Virginia Tech edged out North Carolina and Pitt for the Blacksburg, Virginia product.
The hometown Hokies were a late offer — August, 5 2017 to be exact — well after Beck announced a top five on July 3 of North Carolina, East Carolina, Virginia, Louisville, and Pitt. Beck, who also holds a track scholarship from the Hokies, camped at Tech in June in an effort to earn an offer, but it took a couple of months to come to fruition. However, Tech closed out Beck's recruitment with blazing speed; akin to how 6-1, 185 pounder burns up the track and turf.
Beck was named the 2017 All-Timesland Boys Athlete of the Year in July.
In December, playing football with a shoulder that needed surgery, he was a key man in Blacksburg's turnaround from a 5-5 regular season that saw the Bruins win the Group 3A football championship.
Beck rushed for 1,214 yards and 13 touchdowns in five playoff wins, including 436 yards and six TDs in one game.
He underwent shoulder surgery and missed most of the remainder of the indoor track and field season before winning the 55 meters and lifting Blacksburg to the team title in the state meet.
The track star clocked 10.41 seconds in the 100-meter dash. That time was good enough to win VHSL Group 3A championship and place second at a national meet.
The 247Sports Composite rates Beck as a 3-star athlete, all purpose back.