"I kind of had already made my mind up a couple of weeks ago," Eblen said. "I talked to my mom, but I wanted to give a few other coaches a chance and see what they had to say. But I spoke to mom again last night and talked to my coach and I just thought it was time to commit."
The 6-foot, 185-pound lead man cited his relationship with Anthony Grant as one of the many factors he opted for VCU. The Rams staff built a strong bond with him and impressed him on his first trip to VCU.
"I like Coach [Anthony] Grant and I like Coach [Tony] Pujol, he recruited me hard," Eblen said. "Coach Grant was the main factor in all of this and their style of play really fits me and I got to see some of their game film I just think I'm going to fit in well there."
"My relationship with Coach Grant is what I liked the most," he continued. "Coach Pujol and Coach Grant were the ones recruiting me. Coach Grant was always down here and I was always on the phone with Coach Grant. He's the head coach and he's going to make the decisions, so it was good to have a great relationship with him."
Eblen, who picked VCU over strong interest from Stanford and College of Charleston, is the first member of the 2009 class to make a verbal commitment to the Rams.