6-6, 270-pound OL recruit Hutch Eckerson knows two of his official visit destinations. The Lumberton (N.C) star hasn’t set the dates just yet, but he knows they will be during his senior season, which is already two weeks in. What are the two schools?
The answer is rivals Virginia and Virginia Tech.
“I know you can take two and those will be the first two I take,” said Eckerson. “I talked to coach Wiles last night and I’m trying to line up visits to Virginia Tech and Virginia. South Carolina will probably be one as well.”
The offer from South Carolina is the newest, as Eckerson landed it on an unofficial visit he recently made. Besides South Carolina, Eckerson tripped to the University of Tennessee and N.C. State as well. He enjoyed all three experiences even though the Vols and the Wolfpack have yet to pull the trigger on an offer.
“Tennessee told me that they wait until the last minute a lot of times to make a decision on offering,” Eckerson said. “N.C. State told me they wanted to watch me play my senior year.
Eckerson, who wants to make all five official visits before committing, is confident that more offers will come.
“I have a feeling that, when the season is over, I’m going to get a lot of offers,” Eckerson said. He plays left tackle for Lumberton and is being recruited as a tackle.
“I had 10 big knock downs [in Lumberton’s season opening 30-8 victory over St. Paul. The victory broke his team’s 23-game losing streak]. I was just holding down the left side and making the holes for the running backs. I just tried to play that position as much as I can. I really came into my body this year and I’m using it to my advantage. I’m playing a lot lower. Adapting from pass-blocking to drive blocking all the time has made me really get right with my strength and my speed. I’ve got to be a lot more agile, especially with me being 6-6. I did a really good job I thought.”
When asked if he had a top five among the schools recruiting him, Eckerson, who also has an offer from UNC, replied “If I had to say a top five right now, I would say Virginia, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, N.C. State and Tennessee.”
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