Aidan Rafferty

No. 1 D.C. OL Aidan Rafferty breaks down visits to ACC, Big Ten schools

Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga offensive lineman Aidan Rafferty breaks down his recent visits to Maryland and several ACC schools.

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Aidan Rafferty, the No. 1 offensive lineman in the District of Columbia, made a quartet of visits in the last six weeks and has two more coming in late March.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Rafferty, who plays at Gonzaga, added he speaks to Virginia and Virginia Tech the most,  but MarylandPittsburghBoston College and Harvard are all in regular communication.

LouisvilleNC StateIndiana and Syracuse also offered Rafferty, who is being recruited as an offensive tackle.

"I made visits to Maryland, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech (in the last few months)," he said. "I am going to Boston College and then also stopping at Harvard (March 25-26). I figured I have some Ivy League offers, so it would not be right for me to (dismiss) them without looking into it. I figured Harvard was close by, so I am going to see the school."

However, the schools closer to Rafferty are pushing the hardest. 

He said Virginia and Virginia Tech were pushing the hardest, but Maryland is also showing a lot of interest. His mom attended Maryland, and the Terps continue to stress the importance of keeping the best talent from the area home.

"I don't know a lot of the (local) guys going there, but I know who they are," he said. "They talk about getting the top players to stay home. It is great to have an offer from the home school."

When Rafferty was offered in early February, he made a trip to campus and met with then-offensive line coach Dave Borbely. Since then, though, Borberly left and was replaced by Tyler Bowen.

"I would like to go and meet him and talk with him," Rafferty said. "I haven't had (much) contact with him."

As Rafferty goes through the feeling out process with Bowen, his knowledge and comfort at Virginia Tech is high. He made a recent visit to campus and toured the facilities and met with the coaching staff, but a special tour he received the day prior to his visit hit home the most.

"My sister goes there and she showed me around the campus," Rafferty said. "She was pointing stuff out. She is (recruiting) me hard to go there. She is always sending me stuff."

Virginia is also making an impact with Rafferty.

"The coaching staff is talking about needing leaders in the class, and how they are building," Rafferty said. "They say I could be one of guys to join the class early."

Rafferty said he does not have a time frame for a decision.

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