Cornerback, Class of 2020
Dr. Henry Wise High School, Upper Marlboro, MD
The courtship with Virginia Tech began in early June. Wise (Md.) cornerback Dorian Strong’s performance at Tech’s satellite camp at Bowie State caught the attention of the Hokies’ staff to say the least.
Strong committed to Virginia Tech on Saturday while he attended the Blacksburg Bash barbecue, but the courtship had already been ongoing, under the radar, since that camp.
“I guess I did enough to get attention from them,” Strong said. “The cornerbacks coach said he’d go back and watch film. On Sunday, the next day, my coach called me and said Virginia Tech wanted to offer. He said, ‘But they want you to come down after the dead period to make it official.’ I guess you could say the offer came when I was there, but they already had the interest in me.”
Strong also had an offer from FCS Delaware State and had heard steadily from Maryland, Temple and UMASS. However, going into this past weekend he said he already knew what he wanted to do.
“Going into the visit, I knew I was going to commit,” Strong said. “I did my research on my major and stuff. It’s just like, man, it’s the only Power Five school to offer. I already knew. I had no stars, a Delaware State offer, but they wanted me.”
Initially, it was assistant coach Brian Mitchell who saw Strong at that camp and who took a shine to him. Then, over the phone, Strong developed a relationship with assistant coach Jafar Williams. But it was a Hokies staffer who made the final push, though Strong isn’t sure who the staffer was.
“When I got there, I met coach Williams and I was talking to him,” Strong said. “Then, Coach Mitchell came and we talked. I was just talking to those two. Then a guy pulled me aside and said, come on. We went into Coach Fuente’s office. He was like, ‘We want you, we want to offer you.’ I told him, I know I’m going to commit. He said, ‘Just take it all in. You’re going to go on a tour of campus.’ He wasn’t a coach, but he helps around there. My mom and sister came with me and he was telling me, after that camp, my name was going around their building.”
Strong’s name had certainly been a topic between Mitchell...
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