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Hermitage DE is getting interest

Richmond (Va.) Hermitage is home to arguably one of the top prospects in the country in linebacker Curtis Grant. The school features a second prospect gaining serious interest in defensive end Diamonte Bailey.
"Recruiting is going good," he said. "A lot of schools are coming through and of course we have Curtis and I'm reaping the benefits off of that. I've been in touch with Maryland a lot and I'm also getting mail from Syracuse.
"I'm kind of waiting for Virginia, they came by the school. Virginia Tech came earlier in the offseason. They plan to come back later in the spring time."
The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder was planning to take his first visit to Maryland for junior day, but due to weather he plans to reschedule.
Out of the colleges interested, Bailey claims one sticks out so far.
"I'm a fan of Virginia," he said. "I've always been a fan of them. I don't really know why. I've liked them since I was little. I really like their coaching staff now. The Mike London hire was huge for them and I think he's going to put them back on top of the ACC.
"In addition, my father went there and I know a lot of people that have played including Jameel Sewell."
Bailey believes a few factors will be key in his future decision.
"I just want somewhere that is going to make me feel comfortable, somewhere that can be like home for me," he said. "Location does matter as well because my family comes to my games a lot."
The lineman prospect earned all-district, region and metro honors as a junior after posting 52 tackles, nine sacks, four forced fumbles, two recoveries and one interception.
"I feel as if I'm athletic and I can do a lot of things," he said. "If a school wants me to put my hand in the dirt I can play defensive end or I can be a rush outside linebacker. I think I've got the size for that as well as the speed."
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