Jarell Eddie, a 6-foot-6 small forward out of Charlotte (N.C.) Cannon School, picked the Hokies over a host of programs. As a junior he averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists.
"I think it was the relationship," Johnson said. "He felt like he developed a relationship with Stacey Palmore and Coach Greenberg. Then there was a feeling that Coach Greenberg would help him develop and get better. Those were the two main things. He feels strongly that Virginia Tech has the academics he was looking for."
Eddie, an all-stater in the private school sector as a sophomore, has been one of the top underclassmen in the state since he hit the high school scene.
Johnson sees a unique talent. "I think it's his size and his ability to shoot the ball. Jarell's really developed his perimeter skills. As an eighth grader he was a post player and his game has transformed. They recruited him as a two guard and his size was something they really liked."