3-star recruit by 247Sports, #125 ATH in the country, #46 player in VA
Michael Vick. That’s the first name that popped into my head when I first watched the 14+ minute highlight film of Greg Stroman. That doesn’t mean that Stroman will play quarterback and be Michael Vick in college, but what he did to the competition in Northern Virginia is very similar to what Vick did to the competition in the Big East.
I challenge you to look at his highlights and tell me differently.
That’s seriously impressive. He ran for 1,233 yards and 15 touchdowns while throwing for 1,544 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior for Stonewall Jackson High School. Unfortunately, he’s not very big, so he won’t be playing quarterback at the next level. He is slotted for the cornerback position at Virginia Tech.
Stroman didn’t play much defense in high school. Instead, he came to one of Tech’s camps last summer and he blew Torrian Gray away with his defensive skills. Because of his lack of film as a defensive back, I won’t be able to tell you much about his strengths as a defensive back. However, some of his strengths as a pure football player are obvious.
Toughness: Stroman is one of the smallest players on the field, but he’s also the toughest player on the field. He doesn’t have many plays on defense, but the ones he does have show him coming up and laying the wood. As a runner, he breaks tackles of bigger players, and is not afraid to put his shoulder down. He’s a scrapper.
Speed: Stroman has good straight ahead speed.
Play making ability: Some players just seem to have a knack for making plays, and Stroman is one of them. He understands angles, he has good balance, and he can change direction.
How does all of that translate to cornerback? Well, he certainly looks like a good enough athlete to play the position, and toughness is certainly a requirement for Bud Foster’s defense. Foster believes that Stroman has the skillset to be a very good corner for the Hokies, but his lack of reps at the position is a concern. He needs to play the position full-time over many months before we’ll have a clear view...
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