It’s not lock tight, but 10 schools are now out front for Jennings (La.) three-star running back Travis Etienne.
On Friday, Etienne released a top 10 list of schools. He admits that he’s still open to more schools and even has visits planned to schools outside of the top 10. But he also has a list of criteria in narrowing his list down further.
“The biggest factor was the schools offered what I wanted to go to school for,” Etienne said. “Second, the atmosphere and how they treat the players and the coaches treat the players. Third, my ability to be an impact player on the team. I wanna major in physical therapy. I’m still open to other places. It’s not a set top 10.”
The Hokies offered earlier this spring and are still trying to gain ground. A few aspects have made them appealing, however.
“They run an offense similar to my high school,” Etienne said. “I’d be adjusted to everything and know what’s going on. I haven’t been there yet. I don’t have any plans as of right now to get up there.”
Etienne has stayed in regular contact with assistant coach Galen Scott. The two have talked about his school and also his potential role at Virginia Tech.
“We talk like twice a week,” Etienne said. “He’s a great coach and just a great person.”
But to this point, Etienne said a few coaches have recruited him harder than others.
“I hear a lot from (Marcus) Arroyo at Oklahoma State, Coach (Robert) Gillespie at Tennessee, the coaches from Arkansas and Coach (Burton) Burns at Alabama,” he said. “I talk to them every day. They talk to my parents all the time and we text. They came by the school and we’re just building a relationship.”
Etienne’s most recent visit was last month to Alabama for the Tide’s A-Day. It was his second visit to Tuscaloosa, but gave him a more in-depth look.
“It was awesome,” Etienne said. “It was great. The atmosphere was unbelievable and a lot of people were there for the spring game. It was just love at first sight, I guess.”
Etienne’s next planned visit is June 11 to Texas A&M. He also hopes to get to North Carolina later this summer.
The next step for Etienne is to have a top five at some point this summer. But he likely won’t make a decision until after his senior season.
“This summer, I’m going into it working on building my upper body frame,” Etienne said. “I wanna get bigger upper body wise and work on a couple of footwork drills. Maintain my speed while getting bigger.”