* Four players with eligibility remaining won’t return to the team next season: QB Ju-Ju Clayton, DT Isaiah Hamlette, DT Courtney Prince, DT Dwight Tucker. Prince graduated and will transfer to Eastern Kentucky. Hamlette has graduated but plans to continue at an FCS school in his final year of eligibility. Clayton and Tucker will graduate in May, although neither plan to continue playing football.
* Of the four, Hamlette was the only one to get any real playing time this year, making seven tackles in 13 games in backup duty. Clayton, Prince and Tucker were third-stringers.
* The website also said two of the Hokies’ mid-year enrollees are ready for the second semester — RB J.C. Coleman and DE Dewayne Alford. Coleman, a 5-foot-7, 175-pound four-star recruit from Oscar Smith High in Chesapeake, could be a contender for carries at tailback if David Wilson turns pro. He’s the No. 4-ranked all-purpose back in the country, according to Rivals, and the fifth-ranked player in the state.
* Two other mid-year enrollees could not be announced on the site because they have not yet signed their letter of acceptance.
* Speaking of Wilson, he’s requested that Beamer attend tomorrow’s press conference.
* Also, the site has this exact quote: “Virginia Tech expects to have an 11-man Senior Class for the 2012 season: Nick Becton, D.J. Coles, Marcus Davis, Randall Dunn, Jeron Gouveia-Winslow, Antoine Hopkins, Vinston Painter, Dyrell Roberts, Bruce Taylor, Alonzo Tweedy and Michael Via.” You’ll note that Wilson isn’t in that group. Probably gives you a good indication of his plans.
* The spring game is scheduled for April 21 at 4 p.m.
* What’s next for Virginia Tech? The Hokies have recruiting weekends on Jan. 20 and 27. Players on the roster return to campus Jan. 17 with winter workouts beginning and running through March 12.