Jalen Stroman, brother of former Virginia Tech DB Greg Stroman, was among a talented group of 2021 and 2022 recruits who visited Blacksburg on February 1st. Stroman was one of the headline names among a visit group that also included talented recruits like four-star DEs Naquan Brown and Landyn Watson, and four-star TE Jordan Dingle.
Like those visits, Stroman's also went quite well as he told us that it was a "fun" visit. During his time on campus, Stroman was able to spend time with defensive coaches, learn more about Tech's defense under Justin Hamilton and his role in it, and explore Virginia Tech's campus.
Specifically, Stroman spent time with aforementioned defensive coordinator Justin Hamilton and CBs coach Ryan Smith.
With Stroman being recruited as a safety, the talented Northern Virginia recruit and VT DC/safeties coach have been able to build what Stroman described as a "strong" relationship. Stroman told us that his time with Hamilton was "great" as the two continue to build a strong relationship.
Stroman also had the chance to interact with Ryan Smith for likely the most amount of time he has in person since Smith's hiring. He told us that his time with Smith was "good" and that Smith is a "great person" and feels he "would be a great coach" should he choose VT.
Overall, Stroman told us that the "new staff" stood out the most from his visit with Stroman saying that this visit had a "very good impact" on his recruitment.
Jalen Stroman also said that Virginia Tech is currently in his top 3 along with fellow ACC rivals Duke and Virginia as his recruitment has developed into a regional battle at the moment. Stroman added that the Hokies are in his top 3 currently because "they are a school that I feel like is good for me."
Stroman also tells us that the potential to follow his brother's legacy at Virginia Tech does have an influence on his recruitment, but isn't a dominating factor.
"It's great to have a chance and it influences it a lot but I won't let that make my decision. It’s how I feel about the school," Stroman said.
Jalen Stroman has also received plenty of advice about the recruiting process and Virginia Tech from his brother Greg Stroman, but is focused on helping Jalen Stroman make the best decision for him.
"He helps a lot because he dosen't push me to go to Tech. He just wants what’s best," Stroman said.
Overall, Virginia Tech has strengthened their position in Jalen Stroman's recruitment as they hope that Jalen will follow in his brother Greg's footsteps to Blacksburg.