One of the hottest recruits in the state of Virginia’s 2010 class has been Fork Union Military Academy offensive lineman Russell Bodine , who just this month has landed official offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, California and Vanderbilt. The 6-4, 285-pound prospect, a potential center or offensive guard in college, visited one of those four new offers – UVa – on Saturday and came away surprised by the experience.
“The more I go to UVa, the more I like it,” said Bodine, who attended Virginia’s Spring Game.
“I haven’t been to the stadium in several years and I’d say they sure made renovations since I’ve been there. The stadium is a lot nicer than I remember. There was also a good turnout. I didn’t know that many people would come out.”
In addition to being impressed by UVa’s facilities and fan support, Bodine also enjoyed the time he spent with Virginia coaches and players.
“I definitely like Coach Borbely,” Bodine said. “I talked to him a lot on Saturday. I talked to Austin Pasztor, who attended Fork Union and is now a starting guard there. He said he likes it. It is a good thing that kids like playing there.”
This Saturday, Bodine will head down to Blacksburg for Virginia Tech’s Spring Game. This will be the first time he has ever visited Virginia Tech. He has no expectations about the trip, though he certainly knows about Tech’s success on the gridiron.
“Obviously, living in Virginia, Virginia Tech is always there and they always play on TV,” Bodine said. “I’m going to go look. I don’t know enough about it right now.
“I keep an open mind about everywhere I go. I’m trying to go around and figure out what is going on everywhere I go.”
The in-state programs may have some work to do in this race. Bodine claims no favorite schools at this point, but he certainly seemed impressed with an unofficial visit he made to UNC earlier this spring.
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