Deacs Lead For Woodlief

Although almost three hours away from his stomping grounds, the sight of a familiar face provided Matt Woodlief of Catawba (N.C.) Bandys with a slight feeling of home during his unofficial visit to Blacksburg Saturday.

"I saw my former teammate Justin Harper," said Woodlief. "I was talking to him a little bit. I talked to some of his teammates and they're real nice. He loves it there. He was talking about how great the campus and classes are."

"Woody" was among the over 70 recruits in attendance for Virginia Tech's largest junior day of the recruiting season. The 6-foot, 230-pound linebacker enjoyed his stay, using the opportunity to scope out the facilities and talk to members of the Hokies' coaching staff.

"It was really good," said Woodlief. "It was just like any other junior day. They showed us the practice field and weight room and stuff like that. We watched the practice and spoke to the coaches. I spoke to Coach [Danny] Pearman and talked to Coach [Frank] Beamer for a little bit. The campus was so big and beautiful. It went real well."

The visit officially entered Virginia Tech into the race for Woodlief's February signature. However, the Hokies' coaching staff still has some ground to gain with North Carolina and Wake Forest firmly claiming leader positions.

"Wake Forest, UNC, and Virginia Tech; those three are my favorites," said Woodlief. "It's pretty hard between UNC and Wake Forest right now. I'm leaning a little bit more towards Wake, but it's really hard – I have a lot of thinking to do.

"Wake has great academics there. Their coaches are awesome and their student life is awesome. I'm probably going to major in sports management and they have a really good sports management program there. But so does UNC, that's why it's really kind of tough."

Speaking of Wake Forest, Woodlief, who unofficially visited North Carolina last Wednesday, will continue with his campus tours Saturday when he attends Wake Forest's spring game.


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