Painter Likely to be in Blacksburg on Saturday

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Not too much has changed in the recruitment of 6-6, 315-pound Maury (Norfolk, VA) offensive tackle Vinston Painter . The 4-star big man, who narrowed his list to five schools earlier this summer, continues to take his time in his recruiting process and is not expected to make a decision for quite some time. But recruiting season will swing back into high gear in just a few days, as college coaches are allowed to make phones calls beginning on September 1st.

The Virginia Tech coaches are hoping to visit with Painter in person this Saturday, when the Hokies take on East Carolina in the season opener. At this point, that seems likely to happen.

“[Maury Head] Coach [Dealton] Cotton was talking about going to the game,” Painter said. “For me, I’m still talking about it but I’m kind of certain I’ll be there.”

Painter’s final five includes Georgia, Florida, Miami, Penn State and Virginia Tech. Florida and Virginia Tech have been co-favorites for several months now. Painter denied any favorites among his five in this interview, although Florida and Virginia Tech still figure to be in good shape.

“I can’t say right now,” Painter replied when asked if he had any favorites among the five schools. “I kind of have to make official visits first. Right now, I plan on making all five official visits.”

Painter has not yet scheduled any official visits, but he hopes to make at least a few during his senior season. As for when a commitment may come, he is hoping to make a commitment at the Army All-American Bowl, held in San Antonio, Texas, in January.

“If I get nominated for the [Army All-American Bowl], then I would probably do it there,” Painter said. “Regardless, it won’t be anytime soon.”

Being named to the Army game is one of Painter�s top goals in his senior year.

“It would mean a lot to play in that game. It would be a nice top off to end my high school career,” Painter said.

In the meantime, Painter is anxious to start his senior season. After weeks of preseason practice, Maury is ready for this Friday’s season-opening contest versus Phoebus.

“We’re looking good and I think we can beat them,” said Painter,