Poolesville (Md.) three-star defensive end Jon Bateky planned to focus on three schools—West Virginia, Rutgers, and Boston College—and make his college decision within the next two months. However, the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder picked up a new offer on Friday June 6, and now his plans have changed.
"Virginia Tech just offered me on Friday, so they are in the mix too now," Bateky said. "That was a pretty big offer for me. I was starting to narrow it down, but that kind of changed up the whole picture for me."
"I mean it was big because their history of football, and they have a coach who has been around for a while, and he's proven he can win," Bateky said. "So [the Virginia Tech offer] will definitely change things up."
The Poolesville (Md.) defender has never been to Blacksburg, but now that he has an offer, he hopes visit campus sometime in the near future.
"I know a good bit about Virginia Tech. Coach [Aaron] Morehead was telling me a little bit about the school and everything," Batkey said. "I am still looking at the other three (Rutgers, West Virginia, and Boston College), but Virginia Tech is on that list now too. I don't know exactly where, but they are definitely in the mix."
During the next two months, Bateky said he hopes to visit each of the four schools he is considering before he makes his final decision. He already visited Boston College over the weekend, where got the chance to learn a little bit more about the Eagles program and head coach Steve Addazio.
"Boston College was a fun visit. I got to see the campus and meet the coaches. I learned a lot about the program," Batkey said. "Coach [Steve] Addazio is good guy, and he is a man who is serious about football, winning and getting a degree so I really appreciated that.
"The best part of the trip was probably learning about the academics," Batkey said. "They [Boston College] take pride in getting a degree, and it is a great school so I really liked that."
While Batkey is still working to plan a trip to West Virginia, he already has an overnight trip to Rutgers scheduled for next weekend (June 14-15).
"I was there [at Rutgers] for junior day when I picked up my offer about two or three months ago, but I didn't get a chance to see much of the campus last time," Bateky said. "I am excited to see more of the school, and see how their program runs. Coach [Jim] Panagos and I have a good relationship so I am looking forward to spending some time with him too.
"Once I go to all the schools, then I will start narrowing it down and talking to my family about it, and then hopefully I will be ready to make a decision," Batkey said. "I just am really looking for a place that fits me, and that can really help me get to where I want to be in five or six years…just basically somewhere I can reach my goals."
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