Centreville standout offensive tackle Pat Sheil realized last month just how hectic the recruiting process can be. Coaches swarmed to the Clifton (VA) school to talk to the 6-7, 260 pound prospect, who is now up to 14 official scholarship offers. Sheil hopes to decide this summer as he had planned, yet despite his experience last month, he is willing to push his decision further back even if it means carrying it over into the Fall.
“May was a critical month,” Sheil said. “I got to see how much hassle the recruiting process is in just one month of calls. So going into September, knowing coaches can call you all the time, I know it’s going to be a real hassle. It would be nice to decide by this summer, but at the same time I’m not afraid to push it back. Time is not a big factor for me anymore. I’m going to make my decision when I’m 100 percent sure where I want to go.”
The May evaluation period was informative for Sheil in learning more about other schools in the mix. He was able to determine which schools wanted him more than the others.
“All of the schools had one phone call and they all used it, but some schools that had offered me didn’t call, and that just shows me how important I am to them,” Sheil said. “The evaluation period was useful. All of the coaches that came in to our school were great guys. I got to learn about schools I didn’t know so much about. Some schools got stronger on my list.”
Sheil had a chance to learn more about Virginia Tech through speaking to the coaches (and a Spring game visit in April) and made unofficial visits to Georgia and Maryland last month. He had also scheduled a visit to Nebraska, however was unable to make the trip. Virginia Tech and Georgia are two programs who improved their stock for the state’s top offensive line prospect.
“Virginia Tech blew up with me,” Sheil said. “We have a lot of guys that have gone there, and I can see why. They really opened my eyes the more I learned about them. The coaching staff is great…they are all fun guys.
“I also had a chance to go down to Georgia, and that was a fun trip. They love football down there. I met Coach [Mark] Richt and he’s a fantastic guy who’s devoted to the team and his players. He placed himself equal with his players. The facilities down there are awesome. They are brand new, top of the line things. Their stadium holds 92,800 fans and they are still expanding, which is something I can’t...
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