Joshua Parris has never visited Virginia Tech, but based on what he has heard from coaches and learned about the school via the Internet, the Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson junior tight end has put the Hokies on top.
"They're my leader," Parris told Rivals.com on Tuesday.
Then, he added, he's "close" to committing.
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"I looked up the school and what majors they have," Parris said. "They have my major (business) and the football program is real good. They have the type of offense I look to a college for. They spread out the field and that would get me good looks and stuff."
Hokies assistant Torrian Gray is his primary recruiter.
"He knows how to talk to me," Parris said. "He knows what I'm going through and tells me what's going on up there when I ask about it."
According to the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Parris, Virginia Tech offered about a month ago. He also claims offers from Mississippi, South Florida, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Virginia. Parris said Ole Miss and Vanderbilt are also in his top three.
"The thing I like about Ole Miss is the same thing I like about [Virginia Tech]," Parris said. "And I have a friend that goes there. He always comes back and tells me about the school. All good things. It sounds good. The thing I like about Vandy is that I know they'll spread the ball around."
Parris has yet to visit the Hokies, Rebels or Commodores.
He plans to make trips to each, either later this spring or during the summer.
"I want to get to Virginia Tech real bad," Parris said. "I've been trying to get up there since I found out I got that offer."