Offensive tackle Bobby Massie committed to Virginia Tech last year, but then de-commited just before Signing Day. Now the 6-foot-8, 335-pounder is at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military to gain eligibility and go through the recruiting process once again. Three teams lead for the massive lineman at this stage in the recruiting process.
"Right now the only offers I know about are Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia Tech and Clemson," he said. "If I had to say three schools are up there, the top three would be Georgia, Clemson and Alabama.
"The people at those schools tell me the truth. I've been talking to Coach Ball from Georgia for two years. I like Coach Richt and the offensive line coach, Coach Searels is the best in the country. They are a national championship contender this year with all freshmen across the line and once I get there they could be back-to-back champions. I like the academics there and the facilities are very nice.
"I like the offense at Clemson and the way it involves the offensive line. It's easy for you to pick it up and I like Coach Scott. They send a lot of players to the NFL and have good coaches along the line."
What about Massie's other top school, Alabama?
"They are a traditional power," he stated. "Coach Saban has won everywhere he's gone, he won at Michigan State and LSU. The only place he didn't was Miami, but there were other problems there. They send players to the NFL. Andre Smith has a chance to be the No. 1 pick and if I go there I have a chance to go to a national championship. That is really big."
Massie visited Alabama earlier this summer.
"It was nice, but hot down there," he said. "The fans and community are great. They have no pro team, so everyone is in love with the two schools there, Alabama and Auburn."
Massie confirmed he is open to any other school willing to come in. The prep lineman expects hasn't begun to think about visits yet. He is currently taking three classes a semester to gain eligibility by
the end of the year.