Four-star prospect Dylan Painter took his fourth official visit over the weekend. This most recent trip was to Penn State, a place Painter has been several times in the past, and Painter enjoyed the visit. Now he is thinking about the next step.
About the visit to Penn State, Painter said, “Coach (Patrick) Chambers came over to my house Wednesday night and kind of took care of the presentation and the video plan that you usually have on official visits, so on Saturday I could just relax, hang out with the staff and players, and watch the game.”
He continued, “I have been there so many times that I didn’t have a lot new to see, it was just about hanging out with the team and the players and seeing what everybody is like and what the whole atmosphere is like.”
In terms of how he fit in with the team and staff, Painter said, “The staff are great guys. They are all real honest and a nice and fun to hang around. This was my first time really getting to talk to the guys on the team, and they seem like guys I could play with. Obviously also Tony Carr and Nazeer Bostick are from my AAU team, so it would be good to know some of your teammates going in.”
Along with Penn State, Painter has made official visits to Xavier, Iowa, and Villanova. The Hawkeyes are no longer in the mix, but the Musketeers and Wildcats are also pushing hard for Painter’s services along with schools such as Rhode Island, George Washington, NC State, and St. Joseph’s.
Some of those coaches also made sure to drop in on Painter last week, “Jay Wright came on the first Wednesday, the day after that Chris Mack from Xavier came, and then also I had two assistants from St. Joe’s come to visit me.”
About the visit from Wright, Painter said, “They are still high on my list. I am still considering them. Coach Wright came by my school to let me know they are thinking of me. They just wanted to show that they cared, and he told me how I would fit in with the Villanova family, and not just with the basketball stuff, but off the court.”
Painter continued about Wright’s visit, “Also he had a chance to talk to my high school coach and my brother for the first time because they weren’t there on the visit. A couple of my friends also got to meet him, and that was cool for them.”
Mack has also made Painter a clear priority, and Painter continues to listen to the Musketeers, “(Mack) basically just came over to show they still care and that they really want me and show some love. There wasn’t much new he could have said, so he re-iterated their plan for me, and talked to me about how I would fit in with their commitments Quentin Goodin and Tyrique Jones. We had a good conversation about how I would fit in, and everything like that.”
Now the next step is figuring out if he will take a fifth and final official visit. At this point Painter isn’t sure if that will be the case.
“We’re just trying to soak in the Penn State visit right now,” said Painter. “We are taking our time and not in any rush. So far we haven’t talked about it since getting back from Penn State, but we are going to begin talking about if I want to take a fifth visit or just go with the schools I have already visited.”