2021 3-star Virginia Athlete Jalen Stroman announced his commitment to Virginia Tech on Friday evening, verbally committing to follow in his older brother’s footsteps to Blacksburg.
Jalen Stroman, the younger brother of dynamic former Virginia Tech defensive back Greg Stroman, brings a dynamic skillset to the Hokies and a ball-hawking demeanor to the defensive backfield. He stands at 6’1’’, 190 lbs. and will likely add a bit more bulk to that frame in Coach Hilgart’s strength and conditioning program. He projects best as a safety in his collegiate career, with the ability to come down into the box and stuff the run when needed.
Most fans will remember Greg Stroman as a dynamic all-purpose playmaker for the Hokies, with hopes that Jalen can bring something similar to the table. Greg returned two punts for touchdowns in his senior season and nabbed four interceptions in that same year. The breakout senior season led to him being drafted at number 241 overall by the Washington Redskins in the 2018 NFL draft. He has seen significant playing time for the Redskins and remains on the roster.
The younger Stroman is now the 7th hard-verbal commit for the Hokies in a recruiting cycle that has, and will continue to see, a lot of fluidity. He joins Will Johnson from Maryland and Jalen Hoyle from New Jersey as commits who have seen time at safety in high school, though Johnson projects as a linebacker at the collegiate level. The Hokies have a crowded 2021 defensive back class, as over half of their commits are DBs.
Tech has a long way to go before National Signing Day, but Jaylen Jones' commitment last week, along with Jalen Stroman's commitment adds some needed positivity on the recruiting trail after the loss of 4-star QB Dematrius Davis to Auburn.
The Hokies will now look to continue to build on this positive momentum in the coming weeks and months for a recruiting cycle that is still very much in the air.