Key recruiting figure leaves South Carolina for Virginia Tech

On Monday afternoon, I discussed the recent success that South Carolina was having on the recruiting trail, particularly in its ability to keep the best players from leaving the state for other major programs. One of the key figures in the Gamecocks' success, besides head coach Steve Spurrier, was Shane Beamer, the son of Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer.

On Monday, the younger Beamer decided to join his father in Blacksburg when he accepted the position of running backs coach for the Hokies.

In Columbia, the 33-year-old Beamer helped elevate the quality of recruits who came to South Carolina over the last three seasons while serving as the Gamecocks' recruiting coordinator. In addition, he coached various positions in his four-year tenure.

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to return to Virginia Tech," said Beamer, who played for his father in Blacksburg. "I've been gone 11 years and during that time I've been around a number of great coaches and great programs and had the opportunity to learn a lot. Now, I look forward to returning to Blacksburg and helping Virginia Tech continue to win championships."

Since taking over recruiting in late 2008, Beamer helped the Head Ball Coach rebuild relationships with the state's high school coaches, which helped the school land the past three Mr. Footballs in the state including Jadeveon Clowney, who signed with the Gamecocks on Monday.

Spurrier said someone from the current coaching staff would likely take over the recruiting coordinator role. Quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus was recently named one of Rivals.com's top 25 recruiters.

“I think it’s a wonderful move for Shane to get to coach with his dad,” Spurrier said. “(Frank Beamer) will coach about three or four more years, he told me. The opportunity to coach with him has never come up and it came up. We wish Shane well. He did a super job recruiting, not only his guys this year, but coordinating all the recruiting. He’s been an excellent coach here.”

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