Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg, VA) offensive tackle/defensive tackle Bobby Massie has de-committed from Virginia Tech. The 6-7, 325-pound prospect, one of the top 2008 class recruits in the state of Virginia, informed the Tech coaches of his decision earlier this week.
“I talked to Tech on Monday,” Massie said. “I told them I’m going to go to prep school uncommitted. I’m not going to sign on Signing Day.”
Massie verbally committed to Virginia Tech in late September. He flirted with the idea of making an official visit to Georgia in December, but reaffirmed his commitment to the Hokies. According to Massie, the decision to de-commit this week was not made abruptly.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a while,” Massie said. “I didn’t want to use Tech just to get in to prep school and I wanted to be honest with them.
“One of the reasons I decided this was that I felt that when I committed I committed too early. I don’t feel that I really got the chance to see other schools. I also want to check out other offensive line coaches to see what they are like. Those were the biggest two reasons.”
Massie discussed the reaction of the Virginia Tech coaches to the news.
“They were upset about it because they were looking at me and Vinston Painter as the top two tackles in the state. They said they would still recruit me and they hope I will eventually be a part of their team,” said Massie, who added that he still plans to consider Virginia Tech.
Clemson sent assistant coaches to LCA this week in hopes of getting Massie to make an official visit next weekend. The first-team all-state performer has not ruled out making the trip, but he did say he does not plan to sign with any school on February 6th.
After he finishes out at LCA – and he must finish up strong in the classroom in order to ultimately qualify academically – Massie will enroll at Hargrave Military Academy in August. He plans to stay there for one full year.
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