Blog Entry

Virginia Tech Spring Game a recruiting success

Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:04 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

Virginia Tech's Spring Game was expected to be part of a big recruiting weekend for the Hokies. Not only were former players like Michael Vick expected to be in town to catch part of the action, several high profile recruits were as well.

When all was said and done, Tech head coach Frank Beamer managed to score the commitments from two players on Saturday in Chesapeake (Va.) running back J.C. Coleman and Portsmouth (Va.) athlete Der'Woun Greene.

"I committed at halftime, right after the half," Coleman told "I called Coach (Kevin) Newsome and he came over to me in the stands and I told him and he congratulated me, all the coaches congratulated me, Beamer, Shane (Beamer), (Billy) Hite and more."

"I committed to Virginia Tech during the fourth quarter," Greene told the website. "I told Coach Newsome first. After that, I told the rest of the coaches, it was great."

The 5-foot-7, 170 pound Coleman is a scat back who runs a 4.4 40-yard dash. He held offers from Duke, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia among others.

"I love the offense, it's a power offense and the coaches compare me and want to use me like David Wilson, in a variety of ways," Coleman said. "I have a real opportunity to play early here and all the coaches showed me love from day one, plus they have decent academics too. I also love the winning tradition."

For Greene, a 5-foot-10, 175 pound athlete who will likely line up as a defensive back, the decision to commit to Virginia Tech was easy after being a fan for several years prior.

"I grew up on them," he said. "It's the environment, the team and the engineering, that's my likely major.

Coleman rushed for 1,410 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior last year. The pair gives the Hokies seven commitments for the class of 2012.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or