Cornerback, Class of 2023
Trinity Episcopal, Richmond, VA
Virginia Tech coach Brent Pry had just stepped to the podium Thursday at ACC Media Day in Charlotte. During the middle of questions, he pulled his cell phone from his right pants pocket and looked at it, then smiled.
“Excuse me,” Pry said. “Yep, looks like the Hokies just got another commitment.”
That commitment was from Trinity Episcopal (Va.) defensive back Cameren Fleming. He said it wasn’t planned for him to time his decision for Pry’s time at the podium, but seeing his future head coach acknowledge his announcement only cemented the decision.
“He gave me a phone call right after that,” Fleming said. “When I got word that (my commitment occurred) at the ACC kickoff, I didn’t pay any mind to it at first. But when I found out he did that, it was exciting. Especially as a recruit, for your head coach to recognize your commitment to their school, it felt great.”
Fleming, Rivals.com’s No. 13 player in Virginia for the 2023 class and No. 81 cornerback nationally, said he chose Virginia Tech over North Carolina and Minnesota. Relationships played a big part in that choice.
“The coaching staff, I’m really comfortable with all of them,” Fleming said. “I connect with them on every aspect, not just football. I can respect them as coaches and men. That relationship has been building since February, and they never lost contact. Then being an in-state, ACC school, it was a no-brainer.”
Fleming has long had a connection with assistant coach Fontel Mines, his primary recruiter, but cornerbacks coach Derek Jones also factored in.
“Coach Mines, he’s close with my family,” Fleming said. “My uncle and him played AAU basketball, so that connection was already there. That’s made us close after they offered me. Coach Mines is from down here, so he was about to come to my family cookout. It’s definitely a factor, then me and Coach Jones have the same mentality when it comes to the DB position. Those guys connect to me more than any other coaches.”
“Right now, they’re telling me anywhere in secondary,” Fleming said. “Right...
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