Blue-chip offensive/defensive lineman Vinston Painter plans to be in Blacksburg this Friday for an unofficial visit. Maury High School's 6-6, 315-pound prospect, who returned home to Norfolk last night following visits to UNC and N.C. State, respectively, is looking forward to Friday's trip.
"I'm looking forward to getting a better look at the football facilities and to get a chance to see some of the practice," Painter said of the upcoming trip to Blacksburg.
The Hokies hope to impress Painter as much as the University of Florida did last month. Painter, who has offers from all across the country including one from Florida, came away extremely impressed with his visit to Gainesville.
"I loved it down there," Painter said. "I can't lie. It was good.
"The whole facility was unbelievable. The coaching staff are some really cool guys. I got to seem them practice - it was the most intense practice I've ever seen. The players made it very competitive. Guys were going at each other. It made practice more fun. Overall, the program just seemed very, very professional."
Painter further discussed his impression of Florida's coaching staff.
"They told me they had the number one recruiting class last year," Painter said. "They said they are looking for big, athletic guys for the offensive and defensive line and they wanted me. They said it depends on me where I would play. They seem very competitive."
Florida cemented its place as one of Painter's top schools. Virginia Tech is right there at the top as well.
"I went to camp at Tech and got to meet the coaches and have them coach me up," Painter said. "I have two former teammates up there. There are different things I like about each school."
Painter enjoyed his visits to UNC and N.C. State this past weekend, though perhaps not as much as his experiences at Florida and Virginia Tech.
"It was cool," Painter said of his time at UNC and N.C. State. "They both had nice facilities. I met Butch Davis and then I met the entire N.C. State coaching staff."
Painter does not have any other plans to visit other schools in the near future, but he will make quite a few visits this summer in hopes of narrowing his list before his senior season.
"I know I'm going to have those two on my list," Painter said, referring to Virginia Tech and Florida. "I still need to finish narrowing it down to find out the others. I probably will narrow it to five before my season, that way I'll know which schools I will officially visit."