In Goochland (VA) star D.J. Coles , Virginia Tech signed a 4-star prospect who boasts terrific size – he is now 6-4, 210 pounds – and terrific speed (his coach says he has run the 40-yard dash in less than 4.4 seconds). Coles’ talent certainly is not a question. What is the question is when he will arrive at Virginia Tech, and this is something that is still up in the air.
Coles has work to do academically if he wants to arrive in Blacksburg in the fall, but he is working hard to accomplish this goal. In fact, he decided against running track this spring in favor of focusing on academics. Should he fall short of making the grade, Fork Union Military Academy is the likely destination.
“I think there is absolutely a chance he could make it to Virginia Tech this fall,” Goochland head coach Joe Fowler said. “He is taking some classes online through BYU, like [former Osbourn High School standout Brandon] Hogan did for West Virginia. I talked to [Osbourn head coach] Steve Schultze about it at a camp and double-checked it with the NCAA to see if we were doing everything correctly.
“It all depends on how he does in those classes. If he does well, I think he has a good shot. I think he could get his core GPA to 2.4, and his test scores aren’t that far away.”
After a stellar 2006 season in which he led Goochland to a state championship title, Coles turned in another impressive performance in 2007. As a senior, he rushed for 1,344 yards and 19 touchdowns on just 98 carries, averaging 13.7 yards per carry. Coles, an AP and VHSCA first-team all-state selection in 2007, did much of his damage on the ground on the high school level, but Virginia Tech plans to use his talents at wide receiver.
Coles has an excellent frame and the speed and playmaking ability to be a top wide receiver in college, though Coach Fowler wouldn’t be shocked if a position change comes about as he continues to develop physically.
“He is being recruited as a wide receiver because that is a big need for them, but I would not be surprised one bit if he added 30 pounds once he gets under Coach...
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