By Adam Norman, sports staff writer
Note: As part of the Collegiate Times’ coverage of Virginia Tech football, we’ll be breaking down the 2012 football roster every weekday until March 28 when the Hokies begin spring practice
Weight: 175 pounds
Position: Wide Receiver
2012 Year: Freshman
High School: Woodrow Wilson
Der’Woun Greene comes from Portsmouth, Virginia where he attended Woodrow Wilson high school. He is listed as the No. 24 safety in the nation, and the No. 13 recruit in the state of Virginia by Rivals.
At Woodrow Wilson, Der’Woun played safety as well as quarterback for his team. He was a two-time All-Eastern District defensive back and was also a member of the PrepStar All-Atlantic Region squad. His senior year Greene tallied up 32 tackles along with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Greene committed to Tech at the end of April 2011. He planned on graduating early and enrolling for this spring semester, but ultimately did not.
What position Greene will play for Virginia Tech is still somewhat up in the air. After visiting in the fall, Greene was told the wide receiver spot is likely, but that the coaches would try him out at different positions on offense and defense.
Green could very well stay at wide-receiver after both Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin graduate this semester. The Hokies will need more depth at the position, but with other recruits such as Joel Caleb coming in to play wide receiver Green could be moved to defense.
If he moves to the defensive side it is likely he will be put at his natural position of free safety. He is both quick and a good tackler; safety could be the position where he helps the Hokies the most in years to come. If this happens, and he does get moved to safety, he will probably end up redshirting his freshman year.