Top In-State Targets Go With Hokies

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Virginia Tech has increased its commitment total by at least two. A pair of in-state prospects have pledged to Frank Beamer and company, who held the Spring Game today at Lane Stadium.

“I’m excited,” said Wilson (Portsmouth, VA) junior J.C. Coleman, committed to the Hokies this afternoon.

“It’s great. Coming from where we come from, many people don’t make it to Blacksburg. At least not for football.”

At 5-10, 170 pounds, Greene started at quarterback and defensive back this past season, earning first-team all-district honors on the defensive side of the ball. Virginia Tech is recruiting him initially to play receiver, but athlete may be a more fitting label. Greene has potential at receiver or cornerback on the next level.

Greene, who chose Tech over an offer from Virginia, initially intended on committing somewhere after the Evaluation Period. After great experience at the Virginia Tech junior day in February, some further soul searching, and discussions with family, the Portsmouth standout decided to end his recruitment today in favor of his childhood favorite school.

“During the game, with like nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, I went on the field and told Coach Beamer that I wanted to commit,” Greene recalled. “I told all the coaches. They all welcomed me and greeted me.”

His family is “More excited than I am,” Greene said with a laugh. Certainly, though, he is excited to be a Hokie.

“It feels like it ain’t real,” he said. “Going through my freshman year, seeing good athletes we had and they couldn’t go nowhere. Going through my sophomore year, seeing good athletes that couldn’t go nowhere. I figured, they couldn’t, so I know I can’t. Not many in our district go on to the next level, period. It just doesn’t feel real.”

Coach Beamer “told me to keep my head up,” said Greene, a good student. “He said he is looking forward to having me.”

Greene considered the possibility of early enrollment, but now he says he will likely have to stay another full year at Wilson. With recruiting finished, his focus turns to his senior season and helping Wilson to a winning season and playoff berth. Wilson’s 2010 squad, which finished at 5-5, enjoyed good chemistry, something Greene noticed in Blacksburg