The Latest on DE Michael Connolly

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Virginia Tech has been eyeing 6-2, 240-pound defensive end Michael Connolly for the past few months, but the staff has not yet extended a full scholarship offer. The Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota, FL) prospect met with Virginia Tech coaches last week … has anything changed?

“Coach Beamer and Coach Wiles came by last Thursday night for a few minutes,” Connolly said. Beamer and Wiles were also in town to visit Connolly’s teammate, Virginia Tech commitment Hunter Ovens.

“Everything is pretty much the same deal.”

That “same deal” is an offer to Connolly to walk on his freshman year and to be on scholarship beginning his second year. Connolly discussed his feelings about Tech’s proposal as well as his other options.

“I’m still looking around,” Connolly said. “Virginia Tech’s still definitely up there. I’m going to Florida International this weekend on an official visit. That’s right down the road. They have offered and I want to give them a good look.”

Connolly has already taken one official visit, to Kansas earlier this month. The Jayhawks have offered a full scholarship but seem unlikely to gain his signature next month.

Will Virginia Tech receive an official visit as well?

“Coach Beamer and Coach Wiles mentioned me coming up on February 2nd as a possibility,” Connolly said. “I’ve already seen the campus over last summer, but there were no students there. That is a possibility.”

Connolly, who says he is “definitely going to college” next fall, could come to a decision at anytime.

“Pretty much anytime I feel comfortable, I’ll make my decision,” Connolly said.