Entering the 2012 season, Virginia Tech was already fully cognizant of the fact that they would have to replace some significant talent in the backfield due to early entry into the NFL (All-ACC performer David Wilson) and expired eligibility (third-leading rusher Josh Oglesby).
How the Hokies fill the void in the running game remains to be seen. One player who could’ve helped replace the lost production, however, won’t be at Frank Beamer‘s disposal.
According to the Roanoke News, touted 2012 signee Drew Harris will spend the upcoming season at Fork Union Military Academy getting his academic house in order. The move had been long rumored, but became official in the past week.
“He’s got a really good test score, but he didn’t have a great semester in the classroom, so he came up a little short,” Hokies running backs coach Shane Beamer told the paper.
Coming out of Exton, Penn., as a four-star member of Tech’s most recent recruiting class, Harris was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 22 RB in the country. He chose the Hokies over offers from, among others, Arkansas, Georgia, Penn State, South Carolina and West Virginia.