Eckerson Sets Visits to UVA, VT

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6-6, 265-pound offensive tackle prospect Hutch Eckerson has set official visits to Virginia and Virginia Tech, respectively. Now up to five official offers, the Lumberton (N.C.) standout is anxiously awaiting these and other official visits in order to figure out where he’s going to be next year.

“I probably want to take all five visits,” Eckerson said. “But if time wears down, I’m going to have to really think about where I’m going to go. I want to focus on where I want to go. I trying to find out if I want to wake up in Blacksburg, in Charlottesville, or wherever next year.”

Eckerson will visit Virginia on the weekend of November 18th and Virginia Tech on the weekend of December 9th. He says he will take an official visit to South Carolina “sometime in January.”

North Carolina and, most recently, N.C. State round out Eckerson’s five official offers. Clemson may be close as well.

Among the schools that have offered, two currently standout as favorites.

“I’d have to say Virginia and Virginia Tech are pretty high on my list,” Eckerson said. “They were the first two schools to offer me and they are definitely high on my list. Virginia maybe moreso than Virginia Tech. The whole coaching staff [at Virginia] knows me by name. They definitely take the time to make me feel special, for sure. They go that extra mile, making sure I feel good about things. They keep me up to date on what’s going on with my transcripts and with their team and stuff like that.”

Virginia Tech primary recruiter Charley Wiles visited Lumberton for last Friday’s game; actually, what was supposed to be last Friday’s game.

“Coach Wiles came down to see our game on Friday, but it was postponed until [Monday night],” Eckerson said. “But the fact that he came down to see me was pretty cool. It made me feel pretty good.”

The most recent scholarship offer could prove significant down the road, as both of Eckerson’s parents attended N.C. State. At this point, however, the Wolfpack have some catching up to do.

“Both of my parents went to N.C. State, but it isn’t one of the highest schools on my list,” Eckerson said. “As a kid, I would joke around about getting a football scholarship to N.C. State. And then I got it, which really opened my eyes as to how lucky I am to