Virginia Tech will welcome three new players when the team meets this evening to begin preparing for the 2012 season. Those three players are two recent high school graduates: running back J.C. Coleman and defensive back Donaldven Manning, along with 2011 signee Dewayne Alford. All three began classes Tuesday.
Alford, a projected defensive end from Nansemond River High in Suffolk, Va., signed with Tech last February and deferred his enrollment to this semester. He was listed as the No. 30 player in Virginia last year by The Roanoke Times.
Coleman played at Oscar Smith High in Chesapeake, Va., helping lead his team to a state title just last month. He ran for 1,488 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior despite missing three games with an ankle injury. Manning (first name pronounced Donovan) played at Miami Central High in Miami, Fla.
Because both Coleman and Manning are enrolling in January, neither will sign a national letter of intent (NLI). Alford's NLI from 2011 was still binding. Signing day is Wednesday, Feb. 1, this year.