True Freshmen Are Enrolled, Preparing for Preseason Practice

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The second summer session at Virginia Tech began two weeks ago, and 24 scholarship true freshmen are enrolled.  Several could have a chance at early playing time this fall, depending on how they progress this summer and during preseason practice.

Today we’ll take a quick look at all 24 true freshmen and see how they could potentially fit in this season.  Keep in mind that the heights and weights listed below are from Some will change significantly during the official weigh-ins the day before practice begins.

Dewayne Alford , 6-3, 229, DE: Alford was a 2011 signee who grayshirted and went through spring practice in 2012.  Though he has a spring and summer under his belt, he is still projected to redshirt and help out on the scout team this season.

Joel Caleb , 6-3, 205, FL: Caleb will have a month to play 7-on-7 football with the quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive backs.  Then practice will begin.  Whether or not the talented former high school quarterback plays this year will depend on how quickly he can adjust to the wide receiver position.

Deon Clarke , 6-3, 200, LB: Clarke is a very talented linebacker recruit.  We project him as a backer in Virginia Tech’s defensive scheme.  He doesn’t have the size to play yet.  After a year in the strength and conditioning program, look for him to be a major special teams contributor next season.

J.C. Coleman , 5-7, 176, RB: Coleman enrolled early and went through spring practice.  He will compete with Martin Scales for the #2 running back position in August.  Coleman was singled out by running backs coach Shane Beamer for his lack of mental mistakes during the spring.

Augie Conte , 6-4, 265, OT: Conte is a projected offensive tackle recruit.  Like most offensive linemen, he will need a redshirt year and a spring practice before we can get a good measurement of his potential.