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Running back Lucas Caparelli out of Burke (Va.) Robinson recently visited Virginia Tech for their junior day. Did the visit to Blacksburg impress the star back?
"It was nice and it's a heck of a university," he said. "The coaches are nice guys and it was a fun trip. The scrimmage we saw was fun to watch, it's interesting to see how the game evolves as you get to higher levels."
Caparelli also saw some of the facilities and met with the staff.
"The facilities were nice, very cool stuff and they have a heck of a weight room and you can tell the take care of their players," he said. "The coaching staff is all real class act guys. I got a chance to talk to a lot of them and coach Bud Foster and Frank Beamer pretty much told me the same old thing, just seeing how things are going and talking. Overall, it was fun and I had a good time, I just got a good feel and it's a nice university."
Where does the visit put Virginia Tech?
"Everyone is still at the same level, all my doors are open," he said. "All the programs I'm in contact with are great places and right now no one is better than others."
Caparelli is currently receiving mail from schools in the ACC, Big Ten and Big East. The schools he has shown the most interest in so far include Virginia Tech, Virginia, Wake Forest, NC State, Maryland, Clemson, North Carolina and Pitt. He has offers from the Terps, Panthers, Hokies and Demon Deacons. The running back and safety prospect is preparing for next season by training hard.
"I'm just running and lifting weights," he said. "I've seen some big improvements and I'm doing good working really hard in hopes to see even more improvements next year."
With all the work he is putting in, Caparelli is definitely interested in making an even bigger impact his senior year.
"I'm just working to help the team any way I can and fulfill the goals we have," he said. "I'm going to make sure and do what the coaches want me to."
As for what position the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder will play; it's still up in the air between running back and safety.
"It's kind of back and forth for me," he said. "It doesn't matter to me, I'll play whatever the coach feels will most help the team."
Caparelli was named all-state and player of the year in the district as he ran for 1,910 yards and 28 touchdowns. He added 400 receiving yards and one punt and one kickoff return for a touchdown.
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