Checking in on Vinston Painter

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6-6, 315-pound OL/DL Vinston Painter , perhaps the top prospect in the state of Virginia in the 2008 recruiting class, was not able to make a planned visit to Virginia Tech last Saturday. The Hokies still remain at the top of his list, though, and he may visit Blacksburg later this summer.

Painter has received over 50 Division 1A scholarship offers to this point. Maryland, Miami, North Carolina and Penn State are among the schools that communicate with Painter almost on a daily basis, but Virginia Tech and Florida continue to be his top two schools.

“[Florida and Virginia Tech] are still up there, but I’m still trying to sort through the rest of them,” Painter said. “I don’t have a full official list. I should have a top 10 sometime soon.

“I’ve been talking to the Florida coaches on the phone. They also text and keep in contact pretty often. Tech does, too. I talk to them over the phone a lot.”

Is there a favorite between the Gators and the Hokies?

“To me, both are even but the only thing is that Tech is in-state and I have former teammates there,” Painter answered.

Virginia Tech has been at the top of Painter’s list since his recruitment really began. The Maury (Norfolk, VA) star has been consistent up to this point in his desire to take official visits before making a commitment anywhere, but is there now a chance a decision comes before the start of his 2007 season?

“More than likely, I will end up taking all five official visits before I make my decision,” Painter said. “I’m pretty sure I will take official visits.”

Painter has no definitive plans to return to Virginia Tech (he would have gone last Saturday, but his father had to work and he didn’t have a ride), though next month’s July 14th camp is a possibility. If he does not visit this summer, he says Virginia Tech will be one of his official visits. He has no other set plans for the summer.

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