Eckerson Still At Five

In an attempt to get a better look at his interested schools, Hutch Eckerson spent a good part of the summer taking unofficial visits to a few ACC and SEC campuses. During his travels, Eckerson received a new scholarship offer, and got an opportunity to sit down and chat with each school's respective head coach.

"Right at the beginning of August I made some visits," said Eckerson. "I had a real good meeting with Coach [Chuck] Amato.

"The next day I went to Knoxville and visited with Coach [Phil] Fulmer at Tennessee. I spent a lot of time with Coach [Jimmy Ray] Stephens, the offensive line coach there. I had a real great visit there.

"I came back and three days later I meet with Coach [Steve] Spurrier and they offered me a full scholarship to South Carolina. They really need lineman there. Coach Spurrier is everything everybody says he is. He's just a really great guy and I just had a real good talk with him."

Eckerson, a 6-foot-6, 255-pound offensive tackle from Lumberton (N.C.), has also unofficially visited Virginia and is in the process of setting up his five official visits.

"I've been talking to Coach [Levern] Belin at Virginia and talked to Coach [Charley] Wiles [at Virginia Tech] last night about lining up official visits to those two schools," said Eckerson. "There are no certain dates, yet, but I'm going to take my first two official visits to those schools and go from there."

As assumed, Eckerson includes the two Old Dominion State schools among his top five favorites and singles one out as a leader.

"I probably have to say Virginia, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee, and N.C. State are probably my top five, right now," said Eckerson, who has offers from each favorite except the Volunteers and Wolfpack. "Virginia is on the top of my list because they were the first to contact me and they've been watching me since I was a freshman. Just the personal level I've gotten with their coaches, right now, keeps them high on my list. But, I want to get to all these other schools and get it on a personal level. Player-coach relationship is a big thing for me."

Although he claims a top five, Eckerson admits he hasn't eliminated any school from contention including North Carolina, who has extended an offer.

Despite sustaining a devastating 42-7 loss last Friday to Scotland County, Lumberton recently ended a 23-game losing streak in their season opener. On the season, Eckerson is averaging ten knockdown blocks per night.

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