Eckerson Talks Recent and Future Visits

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With his senior season completed, Lumberton (N.C.) 6-6, 270-pound offensive tackle recruit Hutch Eckerson is anxious to figure out where he will be next year. He will take his time in making a final decision, but is ready to focus on his decision making process. Last weekend, he made an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech for the Miami game and will make his first official visit next weekend.

“I went to Blacksburg for the first time, on an unofficial visit,” Eckerson said of last weekend. “I had a great time. I really enjoyed it. I got there on Saturday afternoon and met with the coaches. I talked with Coach Wiles for a while. They do a walk of champions, where there are like 1,000 fans and people are just going crazy. [The recruits] walked over and then they said come on. I had watched walks like those before, but had never gotten to be in it. Fans were giving us high fives and one yelled ‘Hutch, this is the place for you!’. I’ve never experienced anything like that. It was awesome. The fans are great and the visit just makes it harder on me to make a decision, I guess.”

Hutch’s first official visit will be to the University of Virginia.

“I’m going to Charlottesville on November 19th for the Virginia/Virginia Tech game,” Eckerson said. “I’m looking forward to that. I always have a great time visiting schools. I’ve been to Charlottesville twice. The campus life is a big thing for me. I’m anxious to see how it is for real. It’s a big visit for me.”

At least three other schools will get official visits, with the fifth official visit spot being open.

“I had one to Virginia Tech scheduled for December 9th, but that is the weekend i have to leave for the Shrine Bowl,” Eckerson said. “If they don’t go to the ACC Championship game, I’ll probably be going on December 3rd. Hopefully that will happen, or I’ll just reschedule it. I’m going to South Carolina on January 13th. N.C. State wants me to take one and then the fifth visit is up in the air.”

Eckerson remains committed to taking his time in this process and does not expect to make a decision any time soon.

“I have my mind set up on that,” Eckerson said. “It’s getting down to the nitty gritty. I’m

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