Eckerson Shakes Up List

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6-6, 270-pound offensive lineman recruit Hutch Eckerson has had a shake up at the top of his list. The Lumberton (N.C.) star, who has taken official visits to Virginia and N.C. State, now favors two schools and one of his original favorites has fallen from the top.

“Virginia had been in the top place for a long time,” Eckerson said. “I’m not going to lie. Ron Prince leaving has hurt them. He was a big reason why I’ve had Virginia at the top for so long. I expected him to be my coach. Him leaving really has made me look at the other schools in a different way. Before, I thought I would take other visits and have fun but Virginia would probably be the place I’d end up.”

Are the Cavs out of this race?

“They are not out of the race, but they are definitely not where they were at the beginning of last week,” Eckerson said.

Who are the current favorites?

“I’d probably say my top two are N.C. State and Virginia Tech,” said Eckerson, who made an official visit to N.C. State this past weekend. “Playing for N.C. State is always something that’s in the back of my mind because I grew up rooting for them. But I loved Blacksburg when I went there [for an unofficial visit for the Miami game]. And that was just one day, so I’m really looking forward to the official visit there.”

Eckerson will make an official visit to South Carolina on the weekend of January 13th and will head to Virginia Tech on January 20th. He wants to take a fifth visit, but isn’t sure if he will have that opportunity.

Of his recent official to N.C. State, he said “I had an awesome time. They have first class facilities. Kalani Heppe and I had a lot to talk about. We got along real well. They have a good variety of players who are cool guys.”

Up next for Eckerson is a trip to the NC/SC Shrine Bowl. He leaves this weekend and returns the following weekend. He is then looking forward to the dead periods in December, which he feels will give him a chance to “think about everything and clear my mind.”

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