"The next day I went to Knoxville and visited with Coach [Phil] Fulmer at Tennessee. I spent a lot of time with Coach [Jimmy Ray] Stephens, the offensive line coach there. I had a real great visit there.
"I came back and three days later I meet with Coach [Steve] Spurrier and they offered me a full scholarship to South Carolina. They really need lineman there. Coach Spurrier is everything everybody says he is. He's just a really great guy and I just had a real good talk with him."
Eckerson, a 6-foot-6, 255-pound offensive tackle from Lumberton (N.C.), has also unofficially visited Virginia. He had hoped to include a trip to Blacksburg among his visits, but couldn't work it into his schedule. Regardless, Eckreson is very high on the Hokies.
"It really seems like a school that I can go to and progress," said Eckerson. "Virginia Tech's history in football, they've always had a very strong team and ready to compete. I can't say too much because I haven't been there."
To make up for the lack of an unofficial visit, Eckerson has Virginia Tech high on his list of schools to officially visit.
"I've been talking to Coach [Levern] Belin at Virginia and talked to Coach [Charley] Wiles [at Virginia Tech] last night about lining up official visits to those two schools," said Eckerson. "There are no certain dates, yet, but I'm going to take my first two official visits to those schools and go from there."
As assumed, Eckerson includes the two Old Dominion State schools among his top five favorites and singles one out as a leader.
"I probably have to say Virginia, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee, and N.C. State are probably my top five, right now," said Eckerson, who has offers from each favorite except the Volunteers and Wolfpack. "Virginia is on the top of my list because they were the first to contact me and they've been watching me since I was a freshman. Just the personal level I've gotten with their coaches, right now, keeps them high on my list. But, I want to get to all these other schools and get it on a personal level. Player-coach relationship is a big thing for me."
Although he claims a top five, Eckerson admits he hasn't eliminated any school from contention including North Carolina, who has extended an offer.
Despite sustaining a devastating 42-7 loss last Friday to Scotland County, Lumberton recently ended a 23-game losing streak in their season opener. On the season, Eckerson is averaging ten knockdown blocks per night.