Visits Have Started for Painter

Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy standout Deshawn Painter has taken one trip this spring, and he has at least two more official visits scheduled.

Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy standout Deshawn Painter has taken one trip this spring, and he has at least two more official visits scheduled.

"I went on an official visit to [Virginia] Tech last weekend," said Painter. "Now I'm going to NC State this weekend and then Maryland the weekend after that. I might go to Marquette for one, but I'm not sure yet."

What did Painter think of his visit to Blacksburg?

"It was good," he stated. "Tech has a good coaching staff and good people. I like the area and the players. They were saying I could come in and block some shots and rebound... score some in the post, stuff like that."

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.

"I'm going to be 2009," he said. "It feels good knowing that I should be able to go to college next fall. That's my plan and why I'm taking these visits now."

NC State assistant coach Pete Strickland is recruiting Painter for the Wolfpack, but head coach Sidney Lowe has also played a role in his recruitment. Lowe visited Painter at Hargrave last week and has put NC State is solid position.

"Sidney Lowe is a great coach," said Painter. "We're building a relationship. He keeps it real and is a straight forward guy.

"I haven't been there yet so I just want to see the place and see what it's like. From what coach Lowe has been saying I could possibly play a lot as a freshman. He said I'm going to have to work hard for it though and it won't be given to me... but I don't mind that."

Painter stated that he intends on taking all of his visits before making a decision and at this time there isn't a leader.

"I'm going to take all the visits," he said. "At least NC State and Maryland I know of. After I take them I'll sit down and probably look to make a decision.

"They are all even and recruiting me the same. I can't even say I have a leader."

Painter signed with Florida in the fall but was recently granted a release from his letter of intent.

"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.

Checking in at 6-foot-9 and 220 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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