Aside from Elijah Hughes, Virginia Tech’s 2023 defensive tackle is feeling largely in flux at the moment, with the Hokies looking forward to personally evaluating a player that’s 757 DT Kaden Beatty.
WR’s trainer Fontel Mines and recruiting assistant Alex Jones were mainly in contact with Beatty, he told us.
“He came to my school and we talked about visiting him for a Junior Day beforehand. It didn’t work out but he invited me to camp and that’s all,” Beatty said. “Alex Jones also texted me to come.”
Although Beatty was originally scheduled to camp and visit last weekend, that has had to be postponed to this Sunday the 26th. Regardless, the Hokies will bring him to camp just before the end of the current recruitment period, which opens the door for an important evaluation opportunity.
Beatty currently has a decent roster that spans 21 schools including Navy, Army, Air Force, Buffalo, Kent State, UMass, Harvard, Princeton, Penn, William & Mary, Norfolk State and more. Also, the Hokies aren’t the only major school showing interest in him, as Beatty told us he’s also receiving interest from UVA, Duke, East Carolina and Liberty.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise as he had 90 tackles including 45 for losses with 15 sacks plus 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception for Atlantic Shores Christian School. While he may not have faced the toughest of schedules, this type of production shows his talent is legitimate regardless of the competition.
He had this to say about the strengths and weaknesses of his game.
“My strengths would be my launch, a relentless motor and the ability to run from sideline to sideline and track down the ball carrier,” Beatty said. “Personally, one of my weaknesses would be when I have chop blocks. I tend to get a lot of attention from opposing teams’ offensive coordinators, so they either triple the team or chop blocks. As an undersized DT, I rely on my speed and knocking my ball off opponents, but sometimes chopping blocks is exactly what they want,” Beatty said.
What’s clear is that Kaden Beatty is an intriguing, low-key defensive tackle from the 757 whose name is worth watching, especially as he’s camping at Virginia Tech and hoping to get an offer this Sunday.