OF NOTE: Did not sign NLI as he graduated high school early and enrolled at Virginia Tech in January … Is already going through offseason workouts with the team.
RANKINGS: Listed as the No. 101 overall prospect in the country, the No. 3 all-purpose back in the country and the No. 5 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Rated the No. 6 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Ranked as the No. 7 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep … Ranked as the No. 10 all-purpose back in the country and the No. 10 player in his state by 247Sports … Ranked as the No. 25 tailback in the country by Tom Lemming on MaxPreps … Listed as the No. 32 running back in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 24 running back in the country, the No. 49 player in his region and the No. 9 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.
THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on April 23, 2011 … From the same high school as former Hokie tight end Greg Boone … A SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American … A National Underclassmen Combine East Regional First-Team All-America selection … Rushed for 1,488 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior despite missing three games with an ankle injury … Led his team to the Group AAA Division 6 state title his senior season … A two-time first-team All-Tidewater selection by The Virginian Pilot … Named The Chesapeake Sports Club Player of the Year … A first-team All-Southeastern District selection at tailback his senior season … A member of the National Underclassmen Combine preseason East Regional First-Team All-American Team … Rushed for 1,402 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior … Finished his career with 4,416 yards rushing … Scored 326 points in his career – fifth all time in the South Hampton Roads area … Player host was Dominique Patterson … Recruited by Curt Newsome.
PERSONAL: Joel David Coleman … Goes by “J.C.” … Born 1/13/94 in Norfolk, VA … Son of Mychelle and Joel Coleman … Major is human nutrition, foods and exercise.