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Good Counsel standout picks Virginia

Not only was Vince Croce not thinking about making his college choice on Sunday, Good Counsel's standout rising senior didn't even want to make the trip to Charlottesville for Virginia's Blue Chip Junior Day. (Side note, love the growing number of "Blue Chip", "Elite" and other days labeled as being for top players as a way to entice commitments.)

"I was at the beach, then had a 7-on-7 tournament," Croce said.

Having finished school on Thursday morning, Croce and some buddies headed to Ocean City, returning on Friday night. Saturday's tournament was at River Hill, where the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Croce played middle linebacker and tight end.

It was fair to say, he wasn't ready for a 6 a.m. wakeup call on Sunday.

But after sleeping throughout the drive to Charlottesville, Croce found himself impressed by Virginia Coach Mike London's closing speech. Sitting next to Baltimore defensive end Marco Jones, the two traded looks and Croce typed a note on his cell phone:

"Are you ready to make a move?"

After consulting with their respective families, Jones was the first to approach London and say he was ready to pick the Cavaliers. After London made the announcement, Croce piped up.

"Coach, you have your second one of the day," he said.

Croce said the other schools he strongly considered were Michigan, Michigan State and Stanford. He is considered a defensive line prospect in college.

"Going through the day, for my third visit [having been to both Michigan schools], I didn't feel the need to string it out any longer," Croce said.

By Josh Barr  | June 7, 2010; 11:37 AM ET
Categories:  Football, Good Counsel, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Vincent Croce, Virginia  
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