The University of Virginia became the sixth school to officially offer Fork Union Military Academy prep standout Russell Bodine, who met with Cavaliers head coach Al Groh earlier this evening. Duke, Marshall, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wake Forest have also offered the 6-4, 285-pound junior offensive lineman, who commented on the offer he picked up just hours ago.
“I definitely like UVa,” said Bodine, who met with Groh for about an hour today. He was offered by UVa as a center. “I wouldn’t say I’m a lifetime UVa fan. I live in Scottsville, which is only 20 minutes away, but I didn’t grow up a huge Virginia fan. I’m not a huge Virginia Tech fan, either. I’ll definitely consider the Virginia offer just like I will consider any offer anywhere.”
Alongside fellow teammates Jacob Ruby and Mark Shuman, Bodine attended Virginia’s spring practice last Friday. The visit provided the Fork Union star an opportunity to better get to know the Virginia coaching staff.
“It was real nice,” Bodine said of last Friday’s visit. “All of the coaches that I talked to seemed cool. I hadn’t really talked to the coaching staff much before then. Coach Borbely seemed like a real nice guy. The intensity of the practice was real nice. It seemed like all the players were having fun while getting stuff done at the same time.”
Virginia Tech is among those programs expressing serious interest, but as of now the Hokies have not offered.
“Fork Union has a strong connection with Tech because it sends so many players there,” said Bodine, who has never visited Virginia Tech. “The Tech coaches said they are interested. They told me they have offered two centers. As soon as one makes a move to another school, I’d be next in line.”
Leaning towards making official visits, Bodine admits that he could commit before his senior season should he “go somewhere and love it.” One school may have come close recently.
“North Carolina was kind of like that. Coach Pittman and Coach Davis are cool. They are giving a lot of attention to their program. They are redoing the football facilities. They are adding to the field. It seems like a good place to be,” said Bodine, who added that he is “staying open” right now. Besides UVa and UNC, he has also visited Boston College, Duke, Marshall and Wake Forest.
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