Q&A: Oscar Smith Star Discusses Commitment

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Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) junior running back JC Coleman had visited Virginia Tech before, but never for a game.

“Even though it was just the Spring Game, the atmosphere was real electric,” Coleman said.

The Spring Game atmosphere included, the day went perfectly for Coleman, who ended up being one of two 2012 class prospects to commit to the Hokies on Saturday.

In the 5-7, 170-pound standout, Virginia Tech scores a running back with big-play speed and big-time versatility. He has averaged 1400 yards rushing each of the past two seasons, adding 30 receptions for 485 yards this past season as a junior. He earned offers from Duke, Florida International, Maryland, Old Dominion, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia before going with the Hokies.


TechSideline.com: How does it feel to have committed?

JC Coleman: It feels real good. It definitely is a huge stress reliever. It’s a great feeling.

TSL: Heading into Saturday’s visit, were you planning on committing to Tech?

JC Coleman: I was actually planning on waiting until after the Evaluation Period to see what other offers came in. I was going to wait and then figure out what I was going to do, whether to commit before the season or wait. After going there, I found out it was the place for me. So I went ahead and committed.

TSL: Was it a close decision, or was Virginia Tech far and away the favorite?

JC Coleman: It was real close. UVa came at me very hard. The coaches made me feel special. They are real honest. I love the coaches at Virginia a whole lot. It almost hurt me to tell them I committed, but I had to do what I had to do. Maryland was right there with them. Thursday, I was at Maryland for a practice. Those three were real close, but when I got to Virginia Tech, I had a feeling like I think it’s time to commit. Everything there was lovely. The atmosphere, the coaches, and then I looked at the depth chart and I think I have a good chance to play early.

TSL: Will you give a little behind-the-scenes in terms of how you came to your decision?

JC Coleman: It was around halftime. One of the coaches introduced me to Mike Imoh and Kevin Jones. He said I could come