2012 Forward Nolte Visits UVa

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Milton (Alpharetta, GA) forward Evan Nolte was in Charlottesville on Saturday, visiting the University of Virginia for the first time since June. Part of the reason for the visit was for the 6-8, 200-pound junior to get a better feel for the coaching staff, especially head coach Tony Bennett. He called the overall experience a “great time.”

“We got there in the morning. First off, I went and met with Coach Bennett,” said Nolte, who has been offered by UVa. Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio State and South Carolina have offered as well. “They were working out before practice, so I talked to Coach Curtis. Then I watched practice. After that, I had lunch, went to a football game, went to Coach Bennett’s office again and then hung out with the players.”

Nolte spent some time with two players from UVa’s freshman class.

“It was good to see the players because they are a young team,” said Nolte, who has now been to UVa twice. “One of them was James Johnson . He wasn’t able to practice because of an ankle sprain, though I think he is going to be back soon. I also hung out with Billy Baron . I had a really good time with him. We are very similar.”

Nolte reflected on what was discussed in the meeting with Coach Bennett.

“Coach Bennett told me the relationship between a player and coach is important,” Nolte said. “He was also going over things about the program. He said he cares about his players and his coaches care about the players.”

Of Virginia’s second-year coach, Nolte said, “I really like him. He is definitely a great guy. We connect on a lot of things. I was asking all the players and they all really like him. He is one of the reasons why they went there. They are buying into what he wants to do.”

Besides UVa, Nolte has also visited Clemson, Duke, Georgia and North Carolina. He claims no favorites — “I’m pretty open,” Nolte said — and is focused now on gathering information about schools and getting to know coaches. Is there a sense, though, of where Virginia stands at this point?

“I couldn’t put a number [with Virginia], but I definitely could see myself there in the future,” Nolte said.