Hokies Land Big-Time In-State Commit!

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Virginia Tech has landed its 13th in-state commitment – the 18th overall – for the 2008 recruiting class, and it comes from a prospect rated in TSL’s Preseason Top 10. Even better, the commitment is being recruited to play wide receiver, which is a key position of need for the Hokies.

Goochland (VA) star D.J. Coles , rated the #6 overall prospect in the state by TSL, is the latest prospect to commit to Tech.

“D.J. gave a verbal commitment to Tech earlier today,” Goochland head coach Joe Fowler told TechSideline.com. “He committed with the condition that there is a chance he may have to go to prep school. He has a chance to qualify and to enroll with the 2008 class, but he may have to go to prep school and enroll with the ’09 class.”

Coles, who chose Virginia Tech over offers from Clemson, Georgia and Virginia, among others, is a 6-3, 200-pound prospect. He plays running back for Goochland, but is likely to play wide receiver at Virginia Tech. He could also end up on the defensive side of the ball depending on his body’s development.

A 4-star recruit, Coles earned Richmond Times-Dispatch first-team all-metro honors for his junior season performance. In helping Goochland to a Division 2 state championship, Coles rushed for 1,403 yards (12.3 yards per carry) and 22 touchdowns. He added three touchdowns receiving.

Goochland opens up its 2007 season this evening as it takes on Benedictine. Coles, who tweaked a hamstring earlier this summer, is expected to play.

“He is not going to be 100-percent, but he’ll be close to it,” Fowler said. “He will play tonight.”

Coles becomes the second prospect out of TSL’s Preseason Top 10 to commit to Virginia Tech. He joins Smithfield’s star Dyrell Roberts, who also is projected as a wide receiver. Coles is a big, strong, fast player who will certainly bolster the receiving corps once he arrives at Tech.

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