Stroman committed to the Hokies in late May over Duke, Virginia, and Indiana, among others. Stroman has done it all at the high school level, showing prowess at receiver, in the back end of the secondary on defense, and in the return game on special teams.
Stroman is the 18th-best prospect in Virginia and the 49th-rated safety nationally for the Class of 2021, per the 247Sports composite rankings.
Over the coming weeks, SI will unveil its preseason top 10 for each of 14 position groups. SI will unveil its initial top 99 ranking, the SI99, on August 24. This process began this past week, as the top 10 quarterbacks were unveiled by SI All-American.
The evaluation process will continue throughout the season “until the list of 1,000 contenders coalesces around just 25 young men who can say proudly they are the best of the best — they are Sports Illustrated All-Americans,” said SI Director of Football Recruiting John Garcia, Jr.
The candidates will be narrowed to 250 in October and 99 in November, and will culminate with 25 first-team Sports Illustrated All-Americans saluted at SI’s annual Sportsperson of the Year banquet in New York in December.
Prospect: ATH Jalen Stroman
Status: SI All-American candidate
Vitals: 6-foot-1, 190 pounds
School: Nokesville (Va.) Patriot
Committed to: Virginia Tech
Projected Position: Strong Safety/Free Safety
Frame: Good height and overall size. Broad shoulders. Long, sinewy arms. A bit high waisted. Tightly-wound thighs and trunk. Plenty of room to add mass; projects to play above 200 pounds.
Athleticism: Very coordinated. Quick, light feet; wastes little motion in and out of cuts, releasing off LOS. Above-average play speed, with a better burst. Strong and powerful; big hitter defensively, tough to bring down offensively. Good hand-eye coordination.