6-6, 315-pound Vinston Painter tripped to Virginia Tech on Friday, April 13th, for a spring practice. TechSideline.com was able to catch up with the talented junior to discuss the experience, which went well.
“I went up there and had a chance to catch a practice,” Painter recalled of his visit. “I spent some time with Kam [Chancellor] and Prince [Parker] and they showed me around campus. I just got to spend some time with the players. That was cool.”
Painter had already visited Virginia Tech before, so he was not surprised with anything on his experience. Overall, though, he enjoyed himself.
“It was cool,” Painter said. “It was kind of what I expected. It was cool.”
Florida and Virginia Tech continue to be the top schools on Painter’s list. He has taken unofficial visits to both schools.
“They are still the top two,” Painter said of Florida and Virginia Tech.
Painter added three more schools that he is high on right now. He is looking to narrow his list to five schools before the start of his senior season. He would then likely make official visits to each of the five programs.
“Penn State, Georgia and Tennessee,” Painter replied when asked what other schools he is high on.
A laid back personality, Painter is taking his huge success – he has around 40 scholarship offers in the fold – in stride. He is making the Maury (Norfolk, VA) program proud according to head coach Dealton Cotton.
“He’s just a great kid,” Cotton said. “He is one of those kids you don’t get too many of. We’re fortunate to have him. He has been a great leader for us. He does everything we ask him to do. We’re all really proud of what he’s accomplished. He deserves everything he gets.”
Though many believe offensive line is where Painter will end up on the next level, most schools, including Virginia Tech, have not ruled out playing him at defensive tackle. Position will not be a factor in this race.
“It don’t matter to me. Whatever helps the team,” Painter said.
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