Painter Down to Two Schools

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6-6, 315-pound Maury (Norfolk, VA) star Vinston Painter , ranked number one on’s Preseason Top 30 list, has narrowed his list of schools to two. The senior OL/DL visited the two finalists each of the past two weekends and enjoyed both places, but one currently has the edge to ultimately gain his commitment.

Painter’s two finalists are Miami and Virginia Tech. He made an official visit to Tech on the weekend of September 29th. On the weekend of November 10th, he headed to Miami for his official visit there.

“South Beach is what it is,” Painter said of the experience in Miami. “They had a bad loss to UVa, but it was still fun. The campus is a nice campus. They have small classrooms, so it would be easier to focus on school and things like that. It is a private institute. I didn’t know before.”

This past Saturday, the Tidewater star headed to Blacksburg and watched Virginia Tech’s 44-14 win over the Hurricanes. Has Tech, which was Painter’s favorite school after the official visit back in September, enhanced its position with the win?

“I guess you could say that,” said Painter, who was accompanied on Saturday’s visit by his cousin, Randall Dunn, and his mother. “Of course, Virginia Tech is doing well and people know about that. I know players on the inside and I talk to the coaches. I talk to Coach Newsome the most. I could see myself playing for them. And they are an in-state powerhouse.”

Painter discussed what he likes about Miami for the ‘Canes to still be under consideration.

“I know they are rebuilding, but when they do get on a roll everybody knows what their program can do,” Painter said. “Coach Shannon explained what is going on and things like that. He told me what they are trying to do. And I did have a lot of fun down there.”

Though Virginia Tech leads, a final decision may not come soon. Painter is hoping to announce his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio (TX) in January. He has not yet been selected, though, and is intent right now to wait to hear official word. He expects to hear something one way or the other next month.

Maury finished the year at 6-5, falling in the first round of the Division 6, Eastern Region playoffs. Though he is disappointed in the final result of this season, Painter is happy with his high school football career.

“It was fun,”