One of the most anticipated decisions in the state of Virginia this summer will come from Centreville 6-7, 270 pound offensive tackle Pat Sheil . Well, it may come during the summer. Sheil, who is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Insiders.com, is not sure exactly when he will have a decision.
“That was my original plan, and I still have time to do that,” Sheil said of announcing a decision before his senior year begins. “I still have about two months. Recruiting is getting pretty hectic. I’m not hell-bent on making a decision in that time. I know this is a once-in-a-lifetime decision, so I have to be smart about it. Whenever I make my decision is whenever I make my decision I guess.”
Sheil has been trying to narrow his list within the last month, and it appears he is having some success.
“I’ve been sitting down and really doing some homework on these schools,” Sheil said. “I’ve been narrowing the list pretty good. I’ve cut the list down to under ten. Some schools who said they were going to offer didn’t, and some I just etched out because they weren’t the right fit.”
All of the schools who made the cut have offered. While he stills likes Notre Dame (no offer), Sheil says “I am pretending like Notre Dame doesn’t exist right now so I don’t confuse myself anymore.” He is only considering schools who have officially offered scholarships at this point.
“Boston College is a new one up there, Miami, Oklahoma, Nebraska, UVa, Virginia Tech, Georgia,” Sheil listed as schools who have made the cut. “All of those schools have offered. That’s mostly it. I still have some homework to do. Some of these schools might be gone next week. I just don’t know right now.”
Football considerations may have been one of the primary issues in Sheil’s first cut. It appears academics will be a major part of his decision from here on out.
“I’ve got to get a good degree,” Sheil said. “Some schools may not have the academics. Every school I’m looking at now has great football. That was part of my recent cut. Now I’m going to look at academics a little more.”
Location is no longer an issue. Sheil, who was earlier leaning towards staying close to home in order for his parents to be able to see him play, now says location will not be an issue in his recruitment.
“No, it’s not,” Sheil said when asked if location was a factor. “My parents sat me down and told me they’d go see me play wherever I went, or they would just watch it on TV (laughs). They told...
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