June 22, 2011

Hokies strike with versatile commit

After a two and a half week hiatus, Virginia Tech got back on the board with a pledge earlier today. The prospect just made his decision for the Hokies and broke down the choice with Hokiehaven.com.

"I made a decision this morning, I decided I'm going to be a Hokie," Christiansburg, Va. athlete Brenden Motley said. "I'd say about 20 minutes ago I called Coach Sherman.

"He was excited. He was just as excited as I was. I just felt like, I don't know, he was excited and he said he will call Coach Beamer and Beamer was going to be excited too."

Motley had contemplated Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech in recent weeks, capping it with a visit to Atlanta this past weekend. How close was it in the end?

"It was really close," he said. "For a minute, I was honestly leaning towards Atlanta, it was really close. It was never 70/30; it was always 50/50 where I was leaning a bit to both sides. It was a really hard decision for me, honestly. It was tough and I did some heavy thinking since I got back from Atlanta."

Motley went into detail about why he decided to stay close to home.

"First of all, Georgia Tech is a great school and the staff is great," he said. "I love the coaches, my family loves the coaches, the facilities are great and the people there are amazing. A big part was the distance for me. Being that I've grown up here, I've always kind of dreamt to be a Hokie. Other schools were always a possibility and I wanted to explore around a bit, but who around here hasn't thought about being a Hokie?

"I don't know what it is, Coach Sherman is like family to me, we're really, really close and I know a lot of the coaches there. I know some people who are already committed there, that eased the decision a bit."

Clearly Sherman's relationship with Motley's family over the years played at least some factor in the choice.

"Honestly, I'm not saying it wasn't part of the decision cause it was," he said. "I wasn't going to let it influence me cause he's kind of called family. I'm not going to let everyone know he was the deciding factor, since he is kind of like family though; he's going to take care of me. He's going to support me either way and I know he'll take care of me.

"There is just a little bit of a comfort every time I came over to the campus. It was comfortable and never awkward. I've been around him enough and he introduced me to the other coaches. He didn't shoot me any bull, he told me straight up what their plan was for me."

Motley had a few other final thoughts on his selection for the Hokies.

"I think I told you this before, but when you're around an area and it feels like a family, when I went for a junior day awhile back, it was a long time ago, Coach Beamer said he doesn't like to be in a room where people don't know each other's names. I can tell by the people, they like to be a family and I take it as one big family."

In regards to his position, Virginia Tech is looking at the three-star prospect completely on offense.

"It's for quarterback, but I'm not really used to running the offense, that's not what we do in high school," he said. "I've just got to practice, practice and get to work on it every day. I'll be fine."

Motley confirmed he plans to enroll on-time next fall.

He had a final thought on his selection.

"I just feel like I prayed about it and God was telling me something, I figure I'd go ahead and commit to be a Hokie!"

The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder threw for 1,142-yards and ran for 544-yards along with 17 touchdowns as a junior this past season for Christiansburg.

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