In one of the more unusual national signing day stories, Virginia Tech stud safety signee Holland Fisher had to forego the traditional high school gymnasium ceremony and announce his decision at his home, due to a school suspension.
Mike Barber of the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Fisher's peculiar circumstance via Twitter on Wednesday:
Tech signee Holland Fisher was suspended from school and is holding a signing day ceremony at his home today. @erickolenichrtd will be there— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) February 6, 2013
Fisher, a composite 4-star prospect according to 247sports.com, comes in as the No. 7 safety in the nation and one of the top players in the state of Virginia.
While the suspension may raise a red flag to some, Barber also reported that the Hokies' coaching staff is aware of Fisher's disciplinary situation.
Virginia Tech football coaches are aware recruit Holland Fisher is being disciplined by his high school, is currently suspended. #Hokies— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) February 6, 2013
There hasn't been any official word as to the reasoning for Fisher's suspension, but if he does have any disciplinary issues, VT head coach Frank Beamer may be just the right coach to iron out the situation.
Beamer's no-nonsense approach should help Fisher off the field, while his emphasis on stingy defensive play will undoubtedly help the talented recruit develop on the field as well.
The Midlothian, Va. native joins composite 5-star cornerback Kendall Fuller (247sports.com) as the two crown jewel secondary additions for the Hokies in the 2013 class.
Fisher, an Under Armour All-American, has the talent to make an on-field impact immediately for the Hokies.
Beamer and defensive coordinator Bud Foster are certainly accustomed to fielding top-flight defensive backs.
Current NFL defensive backs Kam Chancellor, Brandon Flowers, DeAngelo Hall and others all flourished under Foster and Beamer.
If Fisher can straighten up his situation off the field, he has the talent to be the next star in that long line of stud secondary prospects in Blacksburg.