Plenty of offers have come in, and in all likelihood, plenty more will follow. Everett (Mass.) 2019 four-star safety Lewis Cine said he isn’t that into the number of offers he has. To him, there’s one important aspect that especially could make his decision.
Cine, No. 117 in the 2019 Rivals250, has 21 offers. Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and North Carolina became the latest additions to that list over the weekend.
This summer, Cine visited a handful of his college options. He looked through various aspects with each school, but there was one specific characteristic that he took note of.
“I’m trying to find a family feel, where you’re welcome,” Cine said. “I want somewhere that it’s not just straight business and where the coaches care about their players on and off the field. That’s most likely what I’m looking for. I want nice surroundings and good people around me.”
The Hokies offered Cine on Friday. At this point, Cine said he’s still getting acquainted with them.
“I’m still learning, but I don’t know a lot,” he said. “The only thing I know is that they’re ‘DBU’ and how many DBs they’ve sent to the NFL.”
Assistant coach Galen Scott made the offer for Virginia Tech. Cine said he called Scott when he found out about the offer.
“They’ve been keeping contact with my defensive coordinator,” Cine said. “First of all, we had a chat about the type of program they are, what they can do for me. He asked me what I know about Virginia Tech and I said I didn’t know a lot. He was just trying to get to know me better, the type of guy I am. He told me I had an offer and I was just excited.”
The Hokies might be a bit behind in the race for Cine, however. This summer was a busy one for him, as Cine traveled to Notre Dame, Indiana, Rutgers, Penn State, Florida State, Ohio State and Florida, a couple of those for camps.
“What I remember most is how I was treated by the coaches,” Cine said. “That sticks to me. Every school has a nice campus, a nice area, but it’s how you’re welcomed, how they perceive you and the type of hospitality they have.”
The hospitality Cine said he felt at two of those stops especially resonated.
“A lot of the schools treated me with great hospitality, but Florida and Penn State...
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