It wasn’t until about noon on Saturday that Stonewall Jackson senior Greg Stroman made up his mind about his college decision. A couple of hours later, he shared that decision with the world, donning a Virginia Tech cap at an announcement held in the school’s auditorium and pledging his verbal commitment to the Hokies.

The senior quarterback had narrowed his list of nine offers to Virginia Tech, Virginia and Duke, and he felt Blacksburg was the best place to take the next step of his career. The 6-foot, 160-pound all-Northwest Region pick will play cornerback for Frank Beamer’s program.

“I just felt more comfortable,” he said. “I feel like I can benefit, learning how to play better at DB, and it’s a winning program.”

Stroman was named AAA Cedar Run District offensive player of the year in 2012, when he led the Raiders to a 9-2 record, surpassing 2,000 yards through the air and 1,000 on the ground while accounting for 35 touchdowns. But his future as a defensive back – where he played as a sophomore – may have helped guide him toward Tech.

Stroman and his father, Greg Sr., both talked about the influence of Hokies defensive secondary coach Torrian Gray. During a recent visit to Blacksburg, Gray sat down with the Stromans to break down film and discuss life on and off the field.

“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.”

Greg Stroman talked about Tech’s reputation as “DB U,” and Raiders Coach Mike Dougherty suggested the Hokies’ ability to develop Stroman as a cornerback prospect made a significant impact on the decision.

“Greg’s thinking two levels ahead, and I think out of the three, Tech is probably his best avenue to the NFL,” Dougherty said. “I know you look at Greg and he’s 160 pounds, and to say the words ‘NFL’ is ahead  of the curve, but this kid’s got NFL-like ability and has been told that by a lot of these recruiters.”