Class of 2019 Wide Receiver Lance Wilhoite Beginning to Narrow His Options

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It’s not that Franklin Road Academy (Tenn.) four-star wide receiver Lance Wilhoite isn’t keeping an open mind. He’s open to plenty of schools who have gotten involved in his recruitment. That said, he also has a few characteristics in mind for his ideal landing spot.

Wilhoite, No. 161 in the 2019 Rivals250, has 19 offers, and he’s yet to eliminate any in that group. But Wilhoite knows what he’s looking for.

“I look at location for sure because I know I’m from a city with a lot of people,” he said. “It’s easy to get to. I know I’d like to go somewhere where it’s city life, where I’d want to live after football, after the season. Weather-wise, I know I don’t want to go anywhere far north or anywhere it gets really cold. I really like a school that’s surrounded me, not just about me. I want a school that’s psyched about me as much as I am about them. I know I can build a relationship with those coaches and hopefully take over when I get there.”

Virginia Tech, Florida State, Arkansas and Clemson are the latest to join Wilhoite’s recruitment, and a couple other schools have already made a concerted effort to reach out.

“I just talked to Arkansas, coach (Justin) Stepp,” Wilhoite said. “He’s been telling me how he wants me there. I’ve talked to (Dino) Babers from Syracuse, too. I just got the Arkansas offer on January 18. I’ve just been talking to them a lot. Virginia Tech has swung by the school two or three times. But I haven’t talked much because of NCAA rules. They’ve talked to my coach and he said they like me because I’d be helpful to them.”

The Hokies made their offer to Wilhoite Jan. 23. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect is interested in Tech, and he’s looking at visiting in the spring.

“I want to get familiar with them closer to visiting,” he said. “They want me to visit. I’ve been talking to them enough that I can know enough, how the facilities are, how the coaching is, what they do to get me up there.”