Fall early signing period opened today, and it was a good day for the Virginia
Tech men’s basketball program, as two recruits in the 2010 class faxed their
letters of intent to Seth Greenberg. Jarell Eddie and Tyrone Garland are the
newest members of the Tech basketball program, and they will join the team next
year for the 2010-11 season.
Eddie is a consensus Top 100 prospect who chose Virginia Tech over offers
from Clemson, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia and Wake Forest. He credits Seth
Greenberg for being the coach most involved with his recruitment.
“I knew I wanted to play for Coach Greenberg when I saw how dedicated he
was,” Eddie told TSL’s Chris Horne. “It was steady. Some coaches will
be on you but then the interest dies down. When Coach Greenberg could call, he
would. He would ask me to keep in touch. He stopped by my school more than any
other coach. The whole Virginia Tech staff was truly dedicated to come to meet
me. I’ve since learned more about Coach Greenberg and his style of coaching over
time, but when it was time to sit down and decide, it was Virginia Tech because
of his dedication.”
Eddie, a 6-7, 210-lbs wing from Concord, NC, is a four-star recruit rated #63
in the nation by Rivals.com and #77 nationally by Scout.com. He is also ranked
in the Top 100 by most other recruiting services.
Eddie is joined in the 2010 recruiting class by Philadelphia point guard
Tyrone Garland. Garland averaged 28.9 points per game last season at John
Bartram High School. He is a three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout.
Garland isn’t rated very highly because he has a shooting guard’s game in the
body of a point guard. In other words, he’s not a true point guard. He’s a
scoring guard, but he’s only 6-1, 165-lbs. That might not be what other schools
are looking for, but Seth Greenberg has made a living on combo guards like
Zabian Dowdell, Jamon Gordon and Malcolm Delaney.
As arguably the best natural scorer in the city of Philadelphia, Garland’s
ability to put the ball in the basket can’t be denied. He gets to the rim
quickly and finishes well in traffic, and he can also knock down the outside
Garland chose the Hokies over offers from LaSalle, Nevada, Seton Hall and
Virginia Tech is expected to be finished signing players for the 2010
recruiting class. They will now move on to closing out the 2011 class, which is
off to a good start. Robert Brown, a 6-4 wing from Florida, has already
committed to the Hokies. Brown is a high-level scorer who is ranked as the #104
prospect in the country by Rivals.com, and higher by other scouting services.
The Hokies are expected to take as many as five recruits in the 2011 class.
Women’s Soccer Team Makes NCAA Tournament
The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team is in the NCAA Tournament as a #3 seed
in the UCLA bracket. The Hokies will take on Murray State in the opening round
this Friday at 5pm in Dayton, Ohio.
Tech finished the season with a 14-7 record, including a fourth place finish
in the ACC Tournament. The Hokies defeated Wake Forest 1-0 in overtime in their
first game in the ACC Tournament, but were eventually downed by top-seeded
Florida State in the semifinals.
Overall, the Hokies beat four Top 25 opponents this year. Their best win of
the season came on October 4, when Tech knocked off then-#1 UNC 1-0 in
Blacksburg. The Tar Heels went on to become a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Tech also played two other #1 seeds in the 64-team tournament. They lost to
Stanford 5-0 in early September, and were later beaten 2-0 by Florida State in
the ACC Tournament.
This is the first time in the history of the program that the women’s soccer
team has made the NCAA tournament in back-to-back seasons. If the Hokies defeat
Murray State, they will take on either Dayton or Marquette on Sunday, November