Well, that was a shocker! After completely forgetting that the three star athlete was committing today, I return home to find out that Greg Stroman shunned the 247Sports experts (who predicted him to commit to UVA) only to grab a VT hat and announce that he was heading to Blacksburg. Due to my immense surprise, I wasn’t really expecting to have to write a recruiting article today so I apologize for the delay in this article.
Stroman is a good pickup although the transition from dual-threat QB to perhaps boundary cornerback will take time. But, if you’re wondering whether or not this kid can play, just watch his highlight strip. It’s entertaining stuff.
- Height: 6’0”
- Weight: 170 lbs
- 40: 4.39
- Location: Manassas, VA
- School: Stonewall Jackson High School
- Offers: Virginia Tech, Virginia, Wisconsin, Duke, ODU, Norfolk State
Prediction Based on Film Evidence
Because the Hokies are recruiting Stroman as a defensive back, it’s hard to tell how he’ll translate from being a spread-option quarterback to a cornerback, potentially. However, some of the runs he has on film are damn near Tyrod Taylor-esque. Stroman ran a 4.39 40 time earlier this summer at Virginia Tech’s summer camp. That kind of speed is hard to come by so when he showed well in the drills portion of the day, I can see why Torrian Gray was so excited about this kid.
However, the filmstrip doesn’t show how well he can back peddle, tackle, or cover. He’ll have to learn all of that, which means he’s a bit of a project. Still, with all the talent we have in the secondary, having a player who could be really good in three years isn’t a bad thing. Stroman will likely enter next summer, red shirt, and go through a big learning period during that first spring practice session. After that, we’ll know a little more about what we have here. Until then, Stroman makes a very good dual-threat quarterback for Stonewall Jackson. I would recommend heading out to watch him this fall because it’s clear from his film that his team can score some points.
Upshot for the Rest of the Class
Numbers are beginning to get tight, which means the Hokies are going to narrow their sights on some of the bigger fish left in the pond. Right now, the Hokies are still actively recruiting the following:
- 4* RB Shai McKenzie
- 4* WR Noah Brown
- 4* TE Ryan Izzo
- 4* DT Derrick Nnadi
- 4* DT Ricky Walker
- 4* LB Raymon Minor
- 4* LB Brandon Lee
- 3* DB Lamont Simmons
- 2* DT Steve Sobczak (Greyshirt)
That’s a lot of talent that we may have to squeeze into five or so remaining spots. As it stands, I like where VT stands for McKenzie, Izzo, Nnadi, Walker, and Minor. If I had to guess at a final five in this class, those would be it with Sobczak if he decides to accept a grayshirt offer and delay his enrollment until January of 2015.
Simmons is in a precarious position because the Hokies may not have room for another defensive back in this class. Now that Stroman is aboard, Tech may have to see how much they can flex the numbers to add him.
Lee will visit officially this fall but I think Louisville is the team to beat there.
Lastly, Brown has Virginia Tech in his top two along with Ohio State. If he does visit Blacksburg again, I could see Tech making a huge push to try and land the four star receiver out of New Jersey but the Buckeyes are going to be tough to beat.
Overall, Virginia Tech is looking at closing out this class with a bang. If Tech adds five more four-star recruits to this class, it would inch them closer to a top 10 finish on 247Sports. That would be a remarkable haul for this newly configured coaching staff.