Defensive end Victor Dimukeje bonded with Virginia Tech's coaching staff and players, learned about the defense from watching a bowl practice and left the Blacksburg campus with a much clearer picture of his recruitment.
And with four schools solidly in contention for his commitment.
The Baltimore Boys' Latin standout said he will choose between the Hokies, Maryland, Rutgers and Duke in January. He already has an official visit to Duke (Jan. 20) and he could set visits to the other two shortly.
"I'm mostly focused on those four schools," Dimukeje said. "I still have some other schools talking to me a lot. They haven't offered yet but they are mostly talking to their top guys and see where they go before they offer, but I'm just really focused on those four schools and I'm ready to make a decision between those four schools."
At Virginia Tech, Dimukeje was hosted by defensive tackle Tim Settle.
"I got a better look at the program, spent more time with the coaches and players, and I got to watch practice and I talked to the academic people," Dimukeje said. "I got an overall feel of the program, and a better understanding of how I could fit into the atmosphere there.
"(Settle) was a great host, and it was fun spending time with him. He talked to me, and just going around with him, he showed me what kind of place Virginia Tech really is."
In watching the Hokies' bowl practice, Dimukeje was able to see how defensive line coach Charley Wiles interacted with his players.
"I got to see how coach (Josh) Fuente, (defensive coordinator) coach Bud Foster and coach Wiles run their defense," Dimukeje said. "They also talked to me about how I would play into the defense. I saw how the coaches push them and how they work with them in practice.
"I talked to (Fuente) a lot during the visit. I saw with him this morning and he said something great is happening is Blacksburg and he wanted me to be a part of it. He told me he wanted to be a part of it and he wanted me to become a Hokie."