Signing Day Countdown: Der’Woun Greene

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“Signing Day Countdown” is a new feature on TSL, taking a closer look at those prospects expected to sign with Virginia Tech on the February 1 Signing Day. Wilson (Portsmouth, VA) athlete Der’Woun Greene is the subject of this first report, which includes a recap of how he decided on Virginia Tech, TSL Managing Editor Chris Coleman’s outlook, and more.

We’ll run this feature up through Signing Day 2012.

Picking Virginia Tech

Der’Woun Greene recalled the day he received his first college scholarship offer, from childhood favorite Virginia Tech.

“That was special. I was in the mall with my friends when I got the call. It was a special day,” he said. “It was something I worked hard for. I went for it and I got it. It was more personal to get that scholarship when my friends were on hand with me. When I found out I got it, I called my momma and she broke down in tears.”

It took a few months, but the 5’10”, 180-pound athlete recruit verbally committed to the Hokies over an offer from UVa. To those closest to Greene, the only surprise was that he didn’t accept the Tech offer right away.

“I was taking my time, but all my friends knew where I wanted to go,” Greene said. “They were like, ‘Why are you waiting?’ They told me I should go ahead and commit. I just wanted to take some time and see what else was out there. I wanted to visit different places.”

Greene had hoped to enroll at Tech this month, but he’ll have to settle for signing a letter of intent on February 1 and enrolling in the school’s first summer session in late May. He will graduate from Wilson later this month.

Greene works daily with a trainer, and he’ll continue to do this until he arrives in Blacksburg.

Getting to know Der’Woun Greene

Greene discussed a handful