"The reason why he's not going there is because he chose Florida based more on relationships and didn't take into consideration the opportunity to play right away," Hargrave coach Kevin Keatts previously informed Scout.com's Dave Telep.
With the talented post product back on the market, a host of college programs have come calling.
"I've been talking to a lot of schools," said Painter. "NC State, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Marquette, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Arkansas, and Oklahoma State are some of the ones now recruiting me."
There has been some speculation that Painter would reclassify and become a member of the 2010 class, but he stated that as of now he is still in the 2009 class with the intentions of heading to college in the fall.
"I'm in 2009 as of now," he said. "I've got to sit down and talk about it... then make the right decision."
One program definitely under consideration is NC State. In fact, head coach Sidney Lowe was at Hargrave on Tuesday evaluating Painter.
"Coach Sidney Lowe is recruiting me for NC State," said Painter. "He was here [on Tuesday]. Coach Lowe was just saying that he's trying to get players who can come in and help them win games.
"They play in the ACC and are competing against other big schools. He said they need some big guys... they are recruiting me pretty hard. I'm going to go down there and visit them. I don't know yet when, but it's going to be soon."
Painter stated that he would likely be visiting NC State, Maryland, and Virginia Tech for sure, but no visits had been scheduled at this time.
"I'm open," he said. "I have no favorites right now. I'm pretty much looking at style of play and how much I'll be playing as a freshman. I want to go to a school where I can play as a freshman.
"Like I said, I just want to sit down and see what my options are. I really don't know what I'm going to do, but I know I have to make sure I make the right decision."
Checking in at 6-foot-9 and 210 pounds, Painter has a chance to impact as a true freshman. He is currently rated the No. 20 power forward in the country and the No. 69 player overall in the 2009 class by Scout.com.
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