Bodine Eyeing a Spring Decision

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Fork Union Military Academy (VA) offensive lineman Russell Bodine does not plan to wait too long to make his college choice. In fact, he could select his college destination as early as next month. The 6-4, 285-pound junior currently boasts eight Division 1A scholarship offers – California, Duke, Marshall, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest – but may be focusing in on just four of these programs.

Bodine has not eliminated any program at this point.

“I’m going to go ahead and name a top four – UNC, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Vanderbilt,” said the 2008 first-team all-state selection.

Of the four current favorites, Bodine has visited all except for Vanderbilt. He has been to North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech this spring.

“They were all very comparable. They are all right there,” Bodine said, referring to the three ACC favorites. “They have a lot of stuff in common. I didn’t get to go to a spring game at UNC, so the fan atmosphere was different at Virginia Tech and Virginia.”

In terms of when a decision may come, Bodine says, “I’m working on that. I want to figure something out. We get out of school on May 23rd, so I kind of want to do something around then.”

Bodine attended Virginia’s Spring Game on April 18th and followed that up with a trip to Virginia Tech this past Saturday. He had never been to Blacksburg before, but he said the trip “definitely” helped Tech’s position on his list.

“It was really nice,” Bodine said of the experience in Blacksburg. “It was the first time I met Coach Newsome and he seemed like a real good guy. Of course, Tech’s a real good football program. With everybody they’ve got coming in, it looks like they’ll stay that way.”

Of the atmosphere, he said, “It was really nice. They had 50,000 people for the Spring Game, which is very impressive.”

Virginia Tech received a commitment from Bodine’s teammate, offensive tackle Mark Shuman, last week. Another Virginia Tech 2010 class