Two weekends ago marked the first of a string of junior day visits for Buford (Ga.) three-star offensive lineman Riley Simonds (6-4, 290). And the current visit stretch could well define what route he takes next with his recruitment.
On Sunday, January 14, Simonds visited Virginia Tech, where he last visited in November for the Hokies’ win over Pittsburgh. This past weekend he was at South Carolina, and he’ll be at Alabama this coming weekend
Virginia Tech, though, has given Simonds plenty to think about after his recent stop. The Hokies were the first school to offer, last April.
“This time was my first junior day, so, it was my first time seeing everything, like the locker room and the dorms,” Simonds said. “I had a great time, got to spend a lot of time with Coach (Vance) Vice and Coach (Justin) Fuente. I got to spend a lot of time with both, talked to them. I really just got to tour the campus a lot. They said I was a priority and I was at the top of every recruit list. For what they’re trying to do, they said I’d be great to be a part of it.”
During his visit, Simonds said he made it a point to look at aspects aside from football. He looked into other buildings on campus and spoke with academic advisors.
“I learned that their teacher-student ratio is 14/1,” Simonds said. “I really was impressed by that, what I would get to help my first year. The ratio is throughout the whole...
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