At this point, Hampton (Va.) four-star defensive tackle Elijah Conliffe doesn’t quite have his official visits set, but he’s close.
There aren’t many schools still under consideration for Conliffe. He’s taken a few recent visits and will continue to take some unofficials, too, including to Virginia Tech.
But for now, Conliffe said he hopes to use official visits this fall for Alabama, Ole Miss, Penn State and Oklahoma, USC. Some of those are due to distance and would be the only way he could see them otherwise. And Conliffe said his mother will be accompanying him on every visit except USC.
“I wanna see how the college handles business,” Conliffe said. “I wanna see the academic place, talk to the players and see how my mom likes the place.”
In addition to the Hokies, Conliffe also visited Alabama, USC, Tennessee, and Maryland this summer. His visit to Virginia Tech was July 23 for the Blacksburg Bash cookout.
“It was pretty cool,” Conlife said. “I got a little more information about the place. I think that was my third time there. They’re a pretty cool place. They have a good engineering program and really good coaches.”
Conliffe said he hopes to major in civil engineering. And that’s been one of the points of emphasis by assistant coach Galen Scott, his primary recruiter.
“Coach Scott, I talk to him the most,” Conliffe said. “I talk to Wiles, too. They really want to develop their players. They want the talent to stay in-state and stuff like that.”
But of the visits he’s taken, Conliffe said he was most impressed by the Crimson Tide.
“Right now, I want my mom to go up there and see how she likes the place,” he said. “I like how they have everything set up, even academic wise. They told me they don’t mind having engineers on the team. Some of the DL as well. It’s pretty much that and how they set you up for life after football. Alabama is a big school, so it’s not all about football.”
Conliffe said he hopes to get to Virginia Tech either during fall camp or for a game this fall. But he also is preparing for other visits, too. And by mid-season, he hopes to make an announcement.
“I wanna see what other places have to offer,” Conliffe said. “Some places I just haven’t been to, like West Virginia. I wanna see how it is there.”