Connolly Weighing Options

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After making an official visit to Kansas last weekend, which his first official visit of the recruiting process, 6-2, 240-pound defensive end prospect Michael Connolly is thinking about his next move. Earlier this week, the athletic Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota, FL) prospect spoke with Virginia Tech primary recruiter Charley Wiles. Does his stance with Virginia Tech remain the same?

�Coach Wiles called [on Wednesday night] and he said nothing is going to change at this time,� said Connolly, who is being recruited by Virginia Tech as a recruited walk-on who would have a scholarship by his second year. Connolly was hoping to hear that his status had changed with the Hokies.

At this point, Connolly is not even sure if he will make an official visit to Tech, but it is a possibility.

�I don�t know,� Connolly replied when asked if he would make an official visit to Blacksburg. �I have to talk to Coach Wiles some more and I have to talk to my parents.�

Kansas has offered, but the program may be too far away from home for Connolly�s liking.

�It was pretty good,� Connolly said of the Kansas official visit experience. �They treated me well and everything was run real well.

�Distance is a concern. It was a reality check for me in going out there, but I don�t know. It definitely opened my eyes.�

So what�s the next step?

�I don�t want to say anything definite yet,� said Connolly, who has not yet scheduled any other official visits. �I want to talk to my coaches and my family. I need to figure out what my options are and go from there.�

Connolly missed most of his senior season due to a partially torn ACL injury he suffered over the summer. He is healthy now, but the injury obviously hurt his recruitment.