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Virginia DE has big-time offers

While he's gone under the radar a bit in this years recruiting class, defensive end Clint Sintim has been on the minds of numerous college coaching staffs. He has a good deal of offers on the table to choose from, and he would be a welcome addition to any schools recruiting class.
Sintim is a 6-foot-3, 254-pound defensive end and offensive lineman from Woodbridge (Va.) Gar-Field and runs the 40-yard dash in about 4.7 seconds. He bench presses 350 pounds and has a nice combination of strength, quickness and technique. Who are his favorites?
"I really don't have any favorite colleges right now," said Sintim. "I'm treating them all equally since I haven't visited them all yet. The only schools I've been to are Virginia and Maryland, and that was to junior day type things."
Sintim currently has offers from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Penn State and Marshall. Ohio State may let him know soon if they're going to offer him. One school in particular has been recruiting Sintim harder than most.
"Virginia is definitely recruiting me the hardest," he said. "I get three or four letters per day from them. I've spoken with coach Groh several times. Other than UVA, I get a lot of mail from North Carolina and also Virginia Tech. A lot of schools send me mail and have shown a lot of interest in me, but Virginia is definitely showing the most."
What will be the biggest factors in Sintim's decision?
"Education is the top priority of course. Football is the second-most important factor to consider. I'll also be looking at the environment, the people around me, the weightlifting program, the coaching staff and how well the school could prepare me to get to the NFL."
While some prospects say playing time won't be a factor, Sintim is honest about how he feels.
"Of course playing time will be a factor. Every high school player wants to play or at least get the chance. I would like to get to see good playing time within my first two years or so."
Sintim may not be ready to make a decision anytime soon.
"I'm not exactly sure when I would like to make my decision," he said. "But I'm not going to rush into anything. I'm just going to see who else offers and make the best decision possible."
Last year Sintim recorded 35 tackles and six sacks as a defensive end for Gar-Field. He was named first team all-region, first team all-district offense and defense, and was his teams Offensive Lineman of the Year.
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