3-Star Eckerson Has Excellent Visit

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6-6, 270-pound offensive lineman Hutch Eckerson had a terrific official visit to Virginia this past weekend. The Lumberton (N.C.) star’s visit to Virginia was his first of four official visits, with Virginia Tech, South Carolina and N.C. State on the schedule right now. This past weekend, Eckerson really enjoyed spending time with the coaches and players and getting to know the campus environment.

Heading into the visit, finding out about the campus environment was a big objective for Eckerson. He discussed what he learned on the experience.

“The students were on their break so there really weren’t too many students there, but after hanging out with all the players and seeing what kind of guys they are – I was hanging out with Chris Long and Brennan Schmidt [on Saturday night] – we just had a really great time and I really, really enjoyed myself,” Eckerson said. “I had great meetings with Coach Groh. I met with him again [yesterday] morning and with Coach Prince. Aside from the game, I had an awesome time.”

The loss didn’t seem to affect Eckerson, who was impressed with the way the coaches and players handled themselves.

“Honestly, you hate to see the team that you’re there to official visit get beat like that, but you know it really didn’t because of the way they coaches handled it,” Eckerson replied when asked if the loss had an effect on him. “In talking to them that night after the game – we went out to eat at a real nice restaurant and all the coaches were there, Chris Long was there and Marques Hagans was there with us – everybody was upset, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell if you didn’t know they played a game. They handled it real well.”

Two fellow offensive linemen hosted Eckerson, who is being recruited as an offensive tackle.

“Will Barker was my host for the first night and then he came back out with us the next night,” Eckerson said. “Eddie Pinigis was my host on Saturday night. We ended up all hanging out. It was about eight of us. We had a great time and I really enjoyed myself up there. I could definitely see myself playing there for sure.”

The UVa coaches did a good job in making Eckerson feel wanted.

“They just really let me know how much they need me and want me there,” Eckerson said. “They just let me know they would take care of me when I got there. It made me feel good about

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