March 9, 2010
Hokies are the latest to offer top prospect
Virginia Tech is gradually dropping a few more offers out in recent weeks. One of the latest went out last week to a top prospect in the mid-Atlantic. The Hokies were one of four new offers to come in.
"I got offers from Virginia Tech, Maryland, South Carolina and Arkansas about a week ago," Fayetteville (N.C.) Jack Britt tight end Eric MacLain said. "The other schools I haven't really talked to that much, but I did contact Virginia Tech and I think I'm planning to go up there in May. We're going to make a weekend out of it."
MacLain knows a bit more about the Hokies now that he's been in touch.
"I've just been talking to them, learning what they run and about Beamerball," he said. "I don't know much about the campus, but they play with tenacity on offense and defense. Plus, Coach Beamer is there which is a huge thing. He's helped them be in the top ten for the past ten years."
According to MacLain, Tech is looking at him as a tight end or defensive end.
Does position matter much?
"Most schools are looking one way or the other," he said. "It kind of depends on the school. For Virginia Tech, I'd rather play defensive end since they are a nasty defensive team, but for others I'd prefer offense."
MacLain claims to have lost nearly 30-pounds to basketball season and running and now claims to be at 6-foot-5, 245-pounds.
Meanwhile, one other offer officially came in this past week.
"I actually just got the official offer a couple days ago from Tennessee," he said. "I visited there for the Kentucky game a couple weeks ago. They've always been my team from childhood, but now I really want to make sure there is a perfect fit. I'm going to weigh all my options and not make this an emotional thing."
Of course, MacLain originally committed to the Volunteers back as a sophomore.
As he reconsiders his options, MacLain broke down what's important now in the process.
"No. 1 is probably the football team and then a close second is the academics. They need to have engineering or a medical program. I'm looking at biomedical or civil engineering," he said. "With regards to a program, I like it when they are stable. I haven't been around that. I want somewhere that is going in the right direction and building the program. I like the chance to be part of a successful team and a place I can win championships."
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