Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg sat on the sidelines of every United Celtics game last week in Aiken, S.C. at the Peach State Summer Showcase. The reason? Jarell Eddie.
The 6-foot-6 forward from the Cannon School in Charlotte, N.C. saw the attention and decided it was time to respond. Eddie, a class of 2010 prospect, verbally committed to the Hokies on Friday night.
"I took a visit up there before the live period began with my mom and he told me that they were going to be at every single one of my games and he proved that to me," Eddie said.
"I knew that he wouldn't be lying to me and I felt comfortable with them. They showed that they were committed to me and I figured it was time for me to be committed to them."
Eddie was one of the top players at the Peach State thanks to his fine versatility on the wing and overall scoring punch both inside and out.
"Coach said he plans on using me at the shooting guard position and that was the pinnacle," Eddie said. "They've had great wing players there in the past and he told me that they can help develop me into a great wing player, too."
Eddie is the second player to commit to Virginia Tech on Friday. Class of 2009 post player Cadarian Raines also pledged to the Hokies. Eddie is the first commitment in the class of 2010 for Virginia Tech.
He said he also considered Georgia, Kentucky and Wake Forest.
"I have developed a really good relationship with the coaches at Virginia Tech. I built a great friendship with all the coaches there and they knew me better than anybody else. I felt very comfortable at the school," Eddie told Antwyne Frazier of HokieHaven.com.
"They have been recruiting me since I was in eighth grade. I looked at a lot of kids in my class that were committing. I felt like I might not get mine if I wait until I was ready to commit later on."