The Virginia Tech football team received somewhat of a surprise commitment on Saturday afternoon when Greg Stroman announced that he would be continuing his football career as a Hokie, not a Wahoo. Stroman is the 17th commitment for Virginia Tech in the 2014 class. At 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, he is listed as a 3-star dual-threat quarterback but will be playing as a defensive back for the Hokies. You can watch his junior highlights here.
Besides Virginia Tech and University of Virginia, Stroman was also considering offers from Duke and Wisconsin, but ultimately it was the Hokies that won out, due in large part to defensive backs coach Torian Gray. Stroman and his father both felt very comfortable with Gray, and it certainly impacted his decision.
“Talking to Torian Gray, he was kind of a key point to that, knowing he’s such a great DB coach and knowing what he’s able to teach,” Greg Sr. said. “I really wanted Greg to be under him, going out from under my wing and going to someone I trusted, so when he does get on the field, I feel confident he’ll be prepared.” (Washington Post)
Virginia Tech has a proven record of developing defensive backs into professionals. There are currently eight NFL defensive backs out of Virginia Tech, compared just three out of University of Virginia, and only one from Duke. If Stroman wants a professional career in football, Virginia Tech is an excellent place to start.
The 2014 recruiting class for Virginia Tech is starting to get a bit full, so it will be interesting to see how the remainder of the recruiting season plays out, especially with a handful of top targets still uncommitted. With four defensive backs now committed, it is unlikely that the Hokies will take another, but there is still room for 4-star defensive ends Derrick Nnadi and Ricky Walker. It appears as though Virginia Tech will continue to field an elite defense as it tries to get its offense rolling.