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Football: Denmark running back Jordan Brunson commits to Virginia Tech
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South Forsyth's Jordan Brunson looks for a path forward through a pack of Hillgrove defenders during a game on Sept. 21, 2018 at Hillgrove High School. Photo by Paul Ward.

Come this fall, running back Jordan Brunson will be part of an up-and-coming new team, attending a school that didn't exist when he began his high school football career.

But as exciting as his immediate future at Denmark High School is, he's also thought about his future beyond the Danes' 2019 season. On Tuesday afternoon, he made a decision about the time ahead, announcing his commitment to play football at Virginia Tech via Twitter.


Brunson, a rising senior, has seen a fair share of college offers come his way in the past year, with Colorado State and Georgia State also giving him Division I options in the past month. But Brunson wanted to play on a big stage, and his decision ultimately came down to two ACC programs: Virginia Tech and Boston College. 

Brunson went for the former, choosing the Hokies over BC and other schools like UT-Chattanooga, UNC Charlotte, Old Dominion and Western Carolina. For him, the environment, the campus, and the expansive fanbase that Virginia Tech has was just too hard to pass up.

"The coaching staff made me comfortable during my first visit there and it just felt like the right place for me over all the other schools that offered me," Brunson said. "The other colleges didn't give that kind of vibe to me."

The Hokies plan to utilize Brunson as a downfield running back, and with his 6-foot, 210 pound frame, they won't hesitate to use him as a power back as well. And Brunson should have no problems adjusting to what Virginia Tech wants to do with him: In his junior season with South Forsyth last year, he rushed for 935 yards on 198 carries, rushing for over 100 yards four times. He was a go-to option in the red zone for South, leading the War Eagles with 15 touchdowns. 

Before he heads to Blacksburg, though, Brunson has one more year of high school football, and he'll have quite the opportunity. He transferred to Denmark to join an offense that could end up being one of the most dangerous in Class 4A, and he's hoping to help the Danes accomplish some lofty goals in just their second year of existence.

"We're aiming for a state championship this year," Brunson said. "Nothing less than that."