Next weekend, Virginia Tech will play host to one of the bigger and better offensive line prospects in the state of North Carolina, as Glenn High School’s 6-4, 340-pound offensive line target Chris DeGeare is scheduled to make an official visit.
It will be DeGeare’s first official visit. He was scheduled to go to Tennessee this weekend, but has rescheduled that trip because of weather concerns.
“I have most of my official visits set,” DeGeare said. “I’m going to Virginia Tech on the weekend of September 25th, Tennessee is now on October 2nd, Clemson is October 16th – I’m pretty sure that will be the date there, October 23rd will be Wake Forest and October 30th will be South Carolina.
“I’m excited about my visits. I want to get them out of the way so I can focus on making my decision. I’ll decide within the first two weeks of November.”
There is a reason DeGeare wants to decide early. It’s because he wants to enroll in college in January of 2005. A good student, he carries a 3.54 GPA and has scored an 830 on the SAT. He plans on taking the SAT again. He decided he would graduate early after realizing last year that he was on track to do just that.
Following the 5 official visits, DeGeare will be looking for several things that separates his school of choice from the rest.
“It will probably just be comfort level with the players and coaches,” DeGeare said. “I’m going to be there 4 years, so I should be comfortable with where I’m going. I’m going to look at major. I want to major in either Zoology or Radiology. Location is a factor. I don’t want to go too far from my parents. All of the schools are close…I think Tennessee is the farthest. They are like 4 hours away.”
DeGeare has already seen 2 of his top 5 schools up close. He’s been to Virginia Tech for a one-day camp and South Carolina for their game versus Georgia last weekend.
“I liked the campus,” DeGeare said, referring to Virginia Tech. “I met the offensive linemen there and they had good things to say about the coaches. I’m comfortable with the offensive line coach.
“[For South Carolina] I went for the game against Georgia. It was a good game. I had a good time. I haven’t worked with the coaches there though. It seemed like a good fit. I talked to some offensive linemen, and they said good things about the coaches.”
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