The last two recruiting classes from the state of North Carolina have yielded somewhat under-sized offensive linemen that went on to become major targets during their senior season.
Landon Walker measured in at 6-6, 259 pounds in the spring of his junior year. He went on to become a starter in the Shrine Bowl signed with Clemson.
At a similar point in his career, Hutch Eckerson was a 6-6, 251 pound lineman, and like Walker, went on to start in the Shrine Bowl. He would ultimately sign with South Carolina.
Michael Via from Northeast Guilford in McLeansville, NC would seem to be headed down a very similar path. At this past weekend's Shrine Bowl combine, he was measured at 6-6, 252 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 5.12-seconds. Via looked solid in drills and it was apparent he's spent quite a bit of time in the weight room.
As a junior, Via earned all-conference, all-county and all-area honors. The talent that led to those honors has helped him earn early scholarship offers from East Carolina and Georgia Tech.
"East Carolina sent me an offer in the mail a while back," said Via. "Georgia Tech offered me when I was down there on a visit so that was pretty cool. I'm hearing from NC State, Virginia Tech, Florida and Virginia. There's more but I can't remember them all"
NC State is a school that has had an eye on Via since his junior year when he made the trip up to Raleigh for the Akron game. The new staff has yet to offer but are pushing the rising senior to attend their camp later this summer. Via talked about the Pack.
"At State, I like the new coaching staff," he said. "They're pretty good guys and they told me they might offer me when I go to camp. I don't know when their camp is but we're going to it. So, I'm going to look into that. They haven't come by the school yet."
Via says that he doesn't have any favorites currently but one ACC program appears to be in prime position should they decide to offer.
"I don't have any top schools," said Via. "Everything's open for me right now.
"I grew up liking Virginia Tech. On Monday we're going to visit them. I'm keeping it open but it would be pretty tempting (to commit to Virginia Tech)."
Via is a solid student and projects as an academic qualifier.
Editor's note- Pack Pride has confirmed that Via has been offered by NC State.