This spring, Gonzaga (DC) three-star offensive tackle Aidan Rafferty took a number of visits. It helped him make a bit more sense of his now 19 offers, after Michigan State joined last week.
Rafferty took plenty out of the stops at Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Harvard, NC State and Duke, most of which took place during his spring break. Though Rafferty said he hasn’t narrowed his focus, he admits that he’s been in contact with three schools a bit more than others.
Still, Rafferty, Rivals.com’s No. 30 offensive tackle and No. 3 player in Washington, DC, hasn’t lost sight of what he’s looking for as he tries to narrow his list even further.
“I really look at the academics at the school, the coaches and the players and the program in general,” he said. “I’m thinking business for a major, but I don’t know yet. I was glad I got to go on the visits to get a feel for the schools. Meeting coaches and players was valuable. I got to see a lot in person about each school.”
Now, Rafferty said he believes three schools have recruited him hardest: Virginia Tech, Virginia and Boston College. Rafferty last saw the Hokies in April, as part of his spring break trip.
“I really like the coaches there and the players,” he said. “I like how Coach (Justin) Fuente runs the team and the overall environment of student life and the school.”
Assistant coach Holmon Wiggins has been the primary recruiter for Rafferty. Wiggins saw Rafferty in April during the open period and the two have steadily been in communication.
“We met at Gonzaga, actually,” Rafferty said. “I’ve had a great relationship with him. We’re in contact over the phone a lot. We talked about their program, how they really need and want some good O-linemen there.
“They didn’t specify [what position I’d play], but I wouldn’t mind playing anywhere on the line. It’s not a big deal wherever I play.”
Virginia was another destination Rafferty made during his spring break. The Cavaliers have made an impact in a couple of areas.
“The academics there are excellent,” Rafferty said. “I’ve developed...
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