Even with three high school seasons to go including the one about to start, the offers have already come in.
Trinity Episcopal (Va.) class of 2019 forward Armando Bacot already claims offers from Virginia Tech, Penn State, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Central Florida, VCU, St. John’s, Richmond, Providence and Old Dominion. And he’s been busy over the past few months taking in a few visits to a few of his suitors as well.
Bacot has already seen Virginia, North Carolina and Duke. On Thursday, he took in the Hokies’ football win over Miami and on Saturday, he was on hand for the Nittany Lions’ football upset of Ohio State.
Bacot said his visit to Virginia Tech stood out in a few ways.
“I really enjoyed the atmosphere and just how the culture was,” he said. “I also liked Coach Buzz (Williams), how he was hard-nosed. He would get after players in practice and challenge them to be better. I just liked how live the practice was. I could feel the energy from watching. I like how coach Webb (Christian Webster) treated me, made me feel like I was at home.”
Webster has been Bacot’s primary recruiter. And Bacot said he feels like they have a strong bond that dates back before others recruited him.
“He was actually the first college coach period who recruited me,” Bacot said. “Once he got to Virginia Tech, I knew he would recruit me. He always keeps it real with me. When he came and evaluated, me, I could see he cared about me as a player. He’s just a cool dude.”
Overall, Bacot said he likes what he’s heard and now seen from the Hokies.
“I’m definitely interested in the program,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it’s at the top or the bottom. But it’s a great program and I like it.”
Penn State has also become a strong contender and made an impression this weekend as well.
“It had some of the same atmosphere,” Bacot said. “It was a packed place. Both programs are on the up-rise and getting basketball up to where football is. Virginia Tech and Penn State, their basketball programs are on the rise. Right now, I don’t have any favorites, but I thought it was a pretty cool school.”
Bacot has visited Virginia twice since the end of the summer. And the Cavaliers have continued to show him their desire to add him to their roster.
“It’s also a good school,” Bacot said. “Their basketball program is stronger than the other two. I just like the relationship I have with Coach (Jason) Williford and Coach (Tony) Bennett. They were probably the school that came to see me the most, even when I was at Team Takeover. I just have good ties with them. I train with Quay Alexander and he went there, also Junior Burrough, I’m good friends with him.”
Bacot said he has no other visits planned right now. And for now, he’s in no hurry to speed up his recruitment.
“I’m looking for an academic program where I can learn on and off the court,” Bacot said. “Also, a great coaching staff and players I can see myself bonding with. I just plan on going a few years, see different schools that recruit me and weigh my options and make a decision.”