Beamer drives to pick up a Ford

Frank Beamer hopped in his car Sunday and drove. He was desperately looking for cellphone reception. A coach is never truly on vacation, and recruiting truly never stops. Beamer needed to receive a phone call from his future quarterback.

Andrew Ford (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff) wanted to commit to Virginia Tech two weeks ago on a visit, but when he finally decided to make the call on Friday to pledge to the Hokies, he could not get a hold of Beamer. He finally got a hold of quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler and just in the nick of time. Loeffler was boarding a plane.

“I told him Friday night I was committed, and we talked again [Saturday]. He was freaking out trying to get a hold of Coach Beamer,” Ford said.

So Beamer got in his car Sunday and started driving until he picked up a signal on his cellphone. When he finally got one, his phone began ringing.

“He said I made his Father’s Day 100 times better,” Ford said. “I got a hold of him, and it was definitely worth the wait.”

The Hokies offered Ford two weeks ago when he visited Blacksburg for a camp. Ford, a 6-foot-2, 187-pound southpaw, did not participate at the camp, instead just working on a few things with the coaches. The coaches wanted him to get a feel for how they approach the position.

When Ford got in his car to leave, he knew he was going to be a Virginia Tech commitment.

“You can’t make a decision on temporary feelings, so if I still felt like that now then we’d make a decision,” Ford said. “One of those things people told me is you have that feeling and you know. I got in the car and knew it’s a place I wanted to be.”

An Elite 11 finalist, it took some time for Ford to get some momentum on the recruiting trail. Offers began coming in quickly during the evaluation period. The Hokies were in the school during the summer, and they knew what kind of quarterback Ford would be before ever watching him throw.

Ford’s high school coach, Jim Cantafio, sent Chad Henne to Michigan when Loeffler was in Ann Arbor. Ford trusts the type of coaching he will get from Loeffler and Beamer.

“When you say Frank Beamer, it speaks for itself in college football. Coach Loeffler, the list of quarterbacks he’s had is among the best,” Ford said. “With a chance to be able to participate in both of those legacies, it’s an honor.”

Ford is the 10th commitment of Virginia Tech’s 2014 class.