College coaches have taken notice of St. Anne’s-Belfield (Charlottesville, VA) tight end Brian Linthicum here in recent months. A very athletic player, the 6-4, 220-pound prospect has received close to double-digit offers and is drawing serious interest from a number of Division 1A programs.
“Brian’s getting a lot of interest from a lot of people,” St. Anne’s head coach John Blake said. “Right now he’s got eight offers – Boston College, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, U-Conn, Michigan State, Purdue and Colorado. He had a great combine up in New Jersey and he had a very good Nike Camp up at Penn State. He’s an athlete a lot of people are impressed with.”
At the Nike Camp at PSU, Linthicum ran a 4.72 40, posted a 4.31 time in the shuttle, posted a 28-inch vertical leap and benched 185 pounds 26 times. According to Blake, the majority of schools are recruiting Brian as a tight end. Boston College is the only program that has mentioned defensive end as well.
“He projects pretty well to be able to play early at tight end. If he were to be a defensive end, I think they would have to wait on him some,” Blake said.
As for the in-state 1A programs, Virginia Tech has offered while UVa has not.
“They are showing interest and we’ll see what happens here down the road,” Blake said of UVa. Regarding Virginia Tech, he said “They were kind of behind a little bit there, but that had a lot to do with Tony Ball leaving. They knew who he was around Christmas time and then throughout the spring they were sold on him. They saw him at the combine and I think that sold them.”
Linthicum plans on making unofficial visits this summer and a decision could come before his senior season begins.
“I think he’s going to go visit some of these places here at the beginning of this month,” Blake said. “He lives in New Mexico, so on his way out there he’s going to visit some of these places. I honestly think he’s probably going to be done over the summer. I think that’s what he wants to do.”
Linthicum’s schedule is an interesting one that begins in early June.
“On his way out of here, he’s flying to Clemson,” Blake said. “From Clemson, he’s actually going to Ohio State. They’re very interested in him and he’s actually going to do a one day camp at Ohio State. While he’s up there, he’s going to visit Michigan State....
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