Massie Ready for Hargrave

Bobby Massie is all set to prep at Hargrave Military Academy, located in Chatham, Va., this fall.

Facing an uphill academic situation, Massie decided not to sign a National Letter-of-Intent on Signing Day. Instead, the 6-foot-7, 330-pound offensive tackle chose to focus on attending a post graduate school to get his academics in order.

Unlike most high school graduates with aspirations to prep at Hargrave, Massie isn't required to try out for the football team. Additionally, he'll be attending Hargrave on scholarship.

"It's just that I'm one of the high profile guys so I didn't have to work out," Massie said.

Massie will arrive at Hargrave on August 18 and expects to spend two semesters at the military academy.

Massie says he speaks to Hargrave's head football coach, Robert Prunty, weekly. Prunty updates Massie on how the post grad team is shaping up for this fall and how he expects to utilize Massie.

"I'm going to start [at tackle], but they rotate all of their players so that everyone gets exposure," Massie said.

Prunty also keeps Massie up-to-date on the schools that have already begun to inquire about him, which includes nearly every school in the nation.

According to Massie, Clemson, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech – the three schools he officially visited last fall – as well as Alabama and Georgia, are recruiting him the hardest. He speaks regularly to coaches from each of the aforementioned schools, except Virginia Tech.

Kenny Browning is recruiting Massie for UNC and the two speak "every couple of weeks," according to Massie.

"[He discusses] what's going on at Carolina right now, the players they got from Hargrave this year, how it's a good program up there, and how they can use me down there at Carolina," Massie said. "He has talked about how their right tackle is leaving this year – Garrett [Reynolds] – and how I have an opportunity to come in and play early if I get everything down right."

Two of UNC's 2008 signees, Quinton Coples and Zach Brown, hailed from Hargrave. A third, Dwight Jones, prepped at Hargrave last fall after signing with UNC's 2007 class.

With a restart to his recruitment, Massie plans to approach things differently this time around. Having verbally committed to Virginia Tech in late September only to de-commit almost four months later, he won't make a pledge until after taking all of his official visits.

"I'm just going to open it up again, weigh my options, and find the place that's right for me," Massie said.

While Massie says he's not leaning in any direction, when asked about the Tar Heels he admits "things are looking pretty good" for UNC.

"They're a young team down there with a new coach they got [who is doing] the same as he did with Miami and then when he went to Cleveland," Massie said. "The offensive line coach, me and him have a good relationship."

During the first weekend in June, Massie will unofficially visit Alabama for his only scheduled recruiting trip before arriving at Hargrave.

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