Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, VA) defensive lineman Channing Hames boasts scholarship offers from Boston College, Charlotte, Connecticut, Marshall, Old Dominion, Virginia and West Virginia. The 6’5”, 250-pound rising senior has the interest of other schools as well, including Virginia Tech, which is where he visited this past weekend.
Whether or not Hames stays in-state for college remains to be seen, but so far the promising prospect has taken visits to Virginia and Virginia Tech and plans to go to Old Dominion this coming weekend.
“VT was great. It was a very beautiful campus. And I really enjoyed the coaches,” Hames answered when asked for his thoughts on Virginia Tech and Virginia.
“When at UVA, I thought I had a better relationship with their coaches and staff.”
Following ODU this weekend, Hames wants to visit West Virginia, Tennessee and “hopefully Miami.”
Hames has a timetable in mind for when his college commitment. If he sticks to it, a decision won’t come any time soon.
“My plan is to focus on school and see what all comes in. I will decide next year in February,” Hames wrote in a Twitter message.
“Overall I’m really enjoying my visits and getting a good experience.”
Position-wise, some schools see Hames as a defensive tackle while others like him as a defensive end. For example, Virginia Tech is recruiting the O’Connell standout as a 3-technique defensive tackle while UVa likes him as either a strong-side or weak-side defensive end.
Hames feels his combination of size and athletic ability has drawn college recruiters his way.
“What separates me is I’m very explosive, a quick thinker, and quick off the ball,” Hames wrote. “But I’m constantly improving on my style of play.”
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