2008 Virginia Tech signees Tony Gregory entered Fork Union Military Academy with one major goal in mind – to take care of business in the classroom and on the ACT or SAT in order to gain admission to Virginia Tech in January of 2009. FUMA postgraduate head coach John Shuman updated the status of Tech’s recruits.
Coles and Gregory signed with Virginia Tech last February, but enrolled at Fork Union this summer after falling short of qualifying academically.
“Everything is in to the Clearinghouse and in to Virginia Tech, so we’re just waiting to see,” Shuman said. “We’re feeling pretty comfortable that the guys have done enough ACT-wise and grade-wise to be there, but we’re waiting to find out.”
Coles, a 6-3, 200-pound wide receiver prospect out of Goochland High School (VA), transitioned from being a running back at Goochland to being a wide receiver, which is the position he will play at Virginia Tech.
“He is an explosive athlete. He reminds me of Josh Morgan all over again, but maybe a little longer,” Shuman said. “He is a good leaper with good hands. He probably ended up with 23 catches this year. He was a good deep threat.”
Coach Shuman sees a lot of potential in Coles, who has the physical tools to be able to compete for playing time as a true freshman next year…especially if he should gain January admission.
“I feel he could step right in at Virginia Tech,” Shuman said. “If they get him comfortable with the academics, if they get him in second semester and have him go through spring ball, it wouldn’t shock me to see him out there next year.”
Gregory, a 6-0, 185-pound running back prospect out of First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach (VA), also impressed this season.
“He had about 800 yards rushing with seven touchdowns,” Shuman said of Gregory, a speedster who can run the 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds. “He has good hands out of the backfield. Once we taught him how to make his cuts and moves and all that...
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