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Clover Hill (Midlothian, VA) standout offensive lineman Blake DeChristopher had a breakout performance at the Norfolk combine earlier this month. There, the 6-5, 290-pound recruit posted consecutive 40-yard dash times of 5.0, ran a 4.5 time in the 20-yard shuttle, posted a 31-inch vertical leap and benched 185 pounds 28 times. Since the combine, DeChristopher has added two more Division 1A offers and has seen his recruitment increase in intensity.
“There have been a lot of colleges in,” DeChristopher said. “[Clover Hill Head] Coach [Sean] O’Hare said I turned a lot of heads after I ran the 40s. There have been a lot of schools since then that have been calling me, talking about how much they like my speed and everything.”
Florida, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State, Wake Forest and West Virginia are among the programs that have been in contact this month but that have not yet offered. Maryland and Virginia are DeChristopher’s most recent written offers with Virginia Tech having been the first school to extend a scholarship.
DeChristopher, who says he wants to take his time in the recruiting process and perhaps make some official visits before committing to a school, wants to make unofficial visits this summer. Specifically, he says he will likely make a few trips in the month of June.
“I’m going to go to some colleges I’m definitely interested in this summer and check out the campuses and the players to get a feel for what they programs are like before I make a decision,” DeChristopher said. “This summer, I’ll definitely take visits to Maryland, Tech and UVa. Then I might take a couple more that interest me or come into the picture.
“I’ll check out the campus because I’m going to be there for four or five years. I’ll check out the players to see if I fit with them and to see if they are guys I feel I fit in with. Just some things like that.”
DeChristopher attended UVa’s camp each of the past two summers and has been to Virginia Tech’s spring game. He discussed his thoughts on the 1A in-state programs and whether or not he has a favorite between the two.
“I have liked Tech more than UVa, but since I’ve talked to Mike Groh and Al Groh I’ve thought they have been talking to me really good,” DeChristopher...
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