Top Programs Vie for McKie

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John Marshall (Richmond, VA) junior forward Travis McKie flirted with the idea of making a college decision prior to the 2008/2009 season. The 6-6, 190-pound prospect is considering seven schools – Clemson, Florida (no offer), North Carolina (no offer), Virginia, VCU, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest – and now seems content to wait before making a pledge to one of them.

“Everything is going good,” McKie said. “Recruiting went on the backburner as soon as the season got going. I think I’ll make my decision after my junior year. I have no favorites right now.”

Of the programs in the running, three stand out in their pursuit of the central Virginia standout.

“UVa, Wake Forest and Clemson are recruiting me the hardest. They have been most active,” McKie said. “I still have the seven schools recruiting me. I have been offered by all except Florida and North Carolina, but they still say I’m a target. They just need to see how things fall.”

Clemson and Virginia are two of McKie’s most recent visits, and he reflected on those experiences and those programs.

“I went to see Virginia play VMI, so I saw UVa in the new center,” McKie said. “I liked seeing how the fans reacted to the team. Some of the fans knew me and knew my name. It was nice. Coach Leitao and the coaches also came to see me play recently. They are being really active in this stage. UVa is a great school with a great campus and it is close to home.

“Clemson is a real good school. I went down there and saw everything. The fans are nice. I saw a game here. Coach Purnell has a disciplined team and Clemson is a real nice school.”

Though Virginia Tech wasn’t cited as one of the three programs showing the most interest, the Hokies continue to pursue McKie.

“Their recruiting is still the same as it has always been,” McKie said. “They still want me to come and see the campus. They said they still need a wing in 2010 and they want