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McLean's Beiro gets walk-on status at Va. Tech

RileyBeiro.jpgMcLean senior Riley Beiro met with Virginia Tech recruiter Torrian Gray in the athletic office at McLean High school Friday. He was offered a preferred walk-on status. Photo by Craig Sterbutzel/

Just this week, McLean football coach Jim Patrick got senior running back Riley Beiro's senior game tapes in the mail.

Because of its proximity to Northern Virginia, Virginia Tech got Beiro's film earlier than most and acted quickly, sending top recruiter and Hokies defensive backs coach Torrian Gray to the school Friday to offer Beiro a preferred walk-on status.

Beiro, an all-purpose player who has rushed for 598 yards and 12 touchdowns, was a relative unknown coming into this year because "He was hurt as a junior and because of that he just didn't have the interest that I think he deserved," said Patrick.

Beiro, who is also a standout baseball player, could become the first player from McLean -- a perennial football weakling that went 0-10 last year -- to break into division I college football since J.B. Oldenburg walked on at Virginia following his senior year at McLean in 2005.

The Highlanders (5-2) will look to Beiro to carry them in Friday night's key Liberty District game at Fairfax (3-4), which has many Div. 5 powerpoint implications.

"We're definitely going to focus on Beiro," said Fairfax Coach Chris Haddock.

This excerpt from a recent game story I wrote following a 28-21 South Lakes victory over McLean gives some insight into all that Beiro does for McLean.

McLean (3-2, 1-1), which went 0-10 last year, showed off a Beiro-centric offense last Friday night. The crafty senior returned punts and kickoffs, split out at wide receiver, played the slot, ran left, right, middle, took direct snaps and played on special teams as he compiled 153 hard-earned yards on 33 carries at his natural position of running back. Beiro, who leads the Virginia AAA Northern Region in carries per game (32.5), also reeled in a 23-yard touchdown with 17 seconds left in the first half.

By B.J. Koubaroulis  |  October 23, 2009; 1:08 PM ET
Categories:  AAA Concorde District , AAA Liberty District , AAA National District , AAA Patriot District  
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