Midlothian Standout Set to Visit Tech

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Midlothian (VA) offensive lineman Matt Arkema recently visited East Carolina and Maryland and will next visit Virginia Tech. The 6-3 1/2, 290-pound rising senior will be in Blacksburg on June 29th and looks forward to the experience.

“I’m really excited to spend more time with the coaches,” he said. “I’m excited to spend time with them, see the campus and hang out.”

Arkema, who has been offered by all three aforementioned Division 1A programs and by Marshall and Navy as well, reflected on the visits to College Park (MD) and Greenville (N.C.).

“Maryland was good,” Arkema said. “I had a real good time. It was my first time up there. I got to meet all the coaches except for Coach Friedgen because he was on vacation. I toured the facilities, too. I liked the coaching staff a lot. I think they are real good coaches. My recruiter would also be my position coach. I talked with him a lot and we have a good relationship.”

“ECU was a good time. It was my second time going down there. I went for the Spring Game before, but I only saw the stadium. This was a good chance to see the campus and talk with Coach Holtz. He is an impressive guy.”

As he works toward a decision, Arkema knows two factors that will be most important when decision time comes.

“Definitely my relationship with the coaches is important to me. Academics are very important, too,” said Arkema, a first-team all-Dominion district and first-team all-academic selection in 2008. “I want to talk to professors when I make these trips to find out what the academics are like.”

Arkema said he has “narrowed [the list of schools] down a little bit” but didn’t disclose the finalists. Could a decision come soon?

“I’ve already talked about it a little bit with my family, but there are a couple more things I’d like to see,” Arkema replied.

At this point, no other visits are planned following the Virginia Tech visit. Stay tuned for more next Monday, when we’ll follow up with