Linthicum Decision Coming in August

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In about a month, St. Anne’s-Belfield (Charlottesville, VA) standout Brian Linthicum may have made his decision on which college he will attend. The 6-4, 220-pound tight end prospect has two key unofficial visits left to take beforehand, but plans to take each of those in the near future.

“Originally I planned to make my decision in mid-July, but we’re not going to be able to get back up to Virginia before August,” Linthicum said. “I definitely want to visit [Virginia] Tech, so I will plan that visit around August 1st. After that, I should make my decision.”

Linthicum’s other important visit is to Cal-Berkeley, and this trip will come before his visit to Blacksburg. Boston College, Clemson and Michigan State – schools he has already visited unofficially – are the other programs currently under serious consideration.

“We’re about to visit Cal in a couple of weeks. Cal’s definitely up there because of the academics and their football program,” Linthicum said. “We like Boston College because of academics and football. We like Clemson because coach Hogan and coach Napier have done a great job of recruiting me and the facilities are awesome. I think those are probably the ones that stick in my head right now. Michigan State is also being seriously considered.”

Thirteen programs (including the most recent ones from North Carolina and Pittsburgh, respectively) have extended scholarship offers to Linthicum, who made a big splash at the State College Nike Camp in May. There, he impressed a number of coaches by running a 4.72 in the 40, running a 4.31 in the 20-yard shuttle, posting a 28-inch vertical leap and bench pressing 185 pounds 26 times. Linthicum says he earned eight scholarship offers as a result of this performance.

Besides the schools mentioned above, Linthicum has also attended Ohio State’s summer camp. The experience was positive, but the Buckeyes have yet to offer.

“The experience was great,” Linthicum said. “I got to go up against some great players and I thought I did pretty well. The Ohio State staff thought I did well. They’re supposed to get back to me [about a scholarship offer], but I don’t know if that’s going to happen.”

His hometown being in New Mexico, Linthicum says he learned about St. Anne’s after his brother attended Virginia Episcopal in Lynchburg to play basketball. TSL asked if location would