Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville, FL) tight end Neil Basford has enjoyed quite a successful last two weeks, earning five Division 1A scholarship offers in that span. The five new offers represent the first five offers for the 6-5, 235-pound rising senior, an athletic tight end prospect who hauled in 16 receptions for 226 yards and five touchdowns last season.
“Everything has kind of blown up since my first offer,” Basford said. “Minnesota was my first offer two weeks ago. Virginia Tech came the next day. In the last two days, Arkansas and Indiana offered. And Colorado State just offered.”
The experience has been surreal but perhaps not surprising. Basford was late in distributing junior highlight film to Division 1A coaches. Once he mailed out film to about 75 schools in February, the response was immediate.
“Right after I sent the film out, handwritten notes started coming. Then schools started calling my coach and then I got my first offer,” Basford recalled.
The Virginia Tech offer did come as a bit of a surprise.
“I never even got a letter from them before the offer. The same thing happened with Minnesota, Arkansas and Indiana,” Basford said. “I just sent them tape. Virginia Tech called my coach a few weeks ago and I called them back. I talked to Coach Wiles. He told me then he was 95-percent sure I would get an offer. When I got home that day, I had an e-mail saying they were offering. I got the letter about a week later.”
Basford has never visited Virginia Tech but may take an unofficial visit there this summer.
“I’m just trying to take the process in right now, but Virginia Tech is definitely in my top two,” Basford said. “Them and Arkansas are up there.”
Tech and Arkansas may be the current top two, but the promising prospect certainly has interest in in-state schools. Florida and Florida State are among the other programs expressing interest in Basford, who makes no secret as to which program he followed growing up.
“I’ve always been a Gator,” said Basford. “We’ve always had season tickets. I definitely liked Florida, but Florida State is high up there, too. I’ve always said I want to play in the SEC or the ACC. That has always been a dream...
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