Checking in with Top Recruit D.J. Coles

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One of Virginia Tech’s top 2008 signees hopes to enroll at Tech in January of 2009. Enrolling in just a few months remains a possibility for 6-4, 208-pound wide receiver D.J. Coles , who is attending Fork Union Military Academy after starring at Goochland High School.

“Right now I’m aiming for January. That’s what I’m trying to get to,” Coles said. “It is still a little early to tell where I stand right now. I haven’t gotten any of my test scores back and they will determine if I can come in January. If not, I guess it’ll have to be next fall.”

An athletic and speedy prospect with excellent size, Coles, rated a 4-star prospect coming out of Goochland, has tremendous motivation to get to Tech as soon as possible.

“I’m working hard. I’m really working hard because I really want to get there in January, get in and play spring ball a little bit and try to go for a starting position in the fall,” Coles said.

Primarily a running back at Goochland, Coles rushed for 1,344 yards on 98 carries and scored 19 touchdowns for the Bulldogs last season as a senior. Recruited as a receiver, Coles has been able to learn his future position under head coach John Shuman.

“The transition was kind of hard at first, but I’m getting used to [playing wide receiver] now so this year has helped out a whole lot,” Coles said. “I don’t have to go into Virginia Tech and try to learn the position there in a short amount of time to be able to play, so this helped out a whole lot.”

The overall experience at Fork Union has been beneficial.

“It has been real great,” Coles said. “Coach Shuman is teaching us about what college is probably going to be like and what coaches in college are going to be like, so it has been a great experience being here.”


Coles demonstrated his talent