Top Tight End Enjoys Visits to VT, WF

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Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville, FL) tight end prospect Neil Basford was in Blacksburg this morning, visiting Virginia Tech for the first time. The 6-5, 235-pound rising senior arrived around nine and left for home around 12:30, but he was able to get a lot accomplished in a relatively short amount of time.

“I met Coach Newsome and hung out with him for pretty much the whole time. Coach Wiles is my recruiter, but he wasn’t there,” said Basford. “I met with Coach Beamer for about 30 minutes. He is a real, real good guy. Then I checked out some academic things and then I saw the stadium and the campus.”

Basford discussed his overall impressions of the visit, which appears to have gone well for both parties.

“It was real good,” Basford said. “I was very impressed. Everything was high class.”

On Friday, the Jacksonville star was in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to visit Wake Forest. Asked to compare the two visits, Basford said, “I was real impressed with Wake, but the Virginia Tech visit made things a lot harder.

“Both schools had their ups. They are totally different schools. I definitely couldn’t even tell you what stood out about one over the other. Coach Grobe and Coach Beamer have both been at their schools for a while. They have stable coaching staffs. They are great coaches.”

Bishop Kenny’s standout rising senior appears to be a high target of Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.

“None of the coaches pressured me at all,” Basford said. “Both programs are slow to offer, so the guys they offer are the ones they really want to pursue. I think Virginia Tech is taking two tight ends this year and they have only offered two or three. The same with Wake Forest.”

Basford seems high on the two ACC programs, but now his focus will turn to the SEC. This coming Friday, he’ll attend “Friday Night Lights” camp at the University of Florida. He has yet to receive an offer from the Gators, but if one comes it would be significant as the Sunshine state star grew up a Florida fan. He then plans to visit South Carolina unofficially sometime within the next couple of weeks.