Coale: In-Depth On Commitment

Alexandria, Va. wide receiver Danny Coale made his commitment this past week adding to a successful weekend for one Virginia school. "I committed to Virginia Tech [last week,]" Coale said. "It just felt right. The staff has treated me right from the beginning and I just always had a good feeling about them."

The 6-foot-0, 195-pound product of Episcopal High School had a busy couple weeks leading up to his decision to be a Hokie. "I went to the Virginia Tech camp a week ago," Coale said. "I was told that if they liked what they saw I would probably leave with an offer. Apparently they liked what they saw because I did leave with an offer last week."

Coale only had the opportunity to take his father with him to the camp so he wanted to give his mom a chance to see the campus before he made any decisions. "My mom and I came back down here on Friday and they took us around to see the campus and the facilities and all that," Coale said. "My mom really liked it and she knew that I really liked it so I told Coach (Bud) Foster and Coach (Frank) Beamer that I wanted to give them my verbal commitment. They were both really happy."

Coale recorded 27 catches for 780 yards and 14 touchdowns last year at Episcopal High School. He also received recognition as First Team All-League after his sophomore and junior seasons. He was first team All-State as a sophomore and second team All-State as a junior and was first team All-Northern Virginia as a junior according to the Washington Examiner. Coale also opened some eyes at camps at Vanderbilt and Virginia this spring with 40-yard dash times of 4.47 and 4.45 seconds. Coale also took the SAT's in April receiving an 1100 (old scale).

Coale's success as a wide receiver on the high school level may suggest that he is a wide receiver prospect for Virginia Tech but that has not been set in stone. "They said that I am a wide receiver on their board right now and that I will come in as a wide receiver next summer," Coale said. "They did say that depending on how things work out and what the team needs, there is a possibility of me playing defensive back down the road. I would prefer to play wide receiver myself but I would understand if things didn't work out that way and I had to change positions."

In the end, it came down to five different schools in the running for Coale. "I chose Virginia Tech over North Carolina State, Virginia, Ohio, and Harvard," Coale said. "Virginia hadn't offered at this point but I evaluated them based on the fact that they would offer and it didn't affect my decision. Virginia was also a possibility because I could have played lacrosse there but I decided against that. I will not be playing lacrosse at Virginia Tech."

Virginia Tech fans can look for Coale to be roaming the sidelines at some point this season on his lone official visit. "I will probably just go to Virginia Tech on an official visit this fall but I am not sure which game it will be," Coale said. "I don't see any other schools jumping into the equation down the road."

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