Hello UVA fans and Streaking the Lawn readers,
I'm Justin Ferber and I have recently joined the STL staff as a Recruiting Analyst for football and basketball. I'm really excited to get started, and I hope to provide unique perspective and analysis on Virginia football and basketball recruiting.
First off, I'd like to thank Brian and the rest of the Streaking the Lawn staff for the warm welcome I've received. I've followed this site for some time, and I'm pumped to be a part of the team here. These guys already do a great job covering different aspects of Virginia athletics, and I'll just try not to screw it all up.
Before I get started, let me tell you a little about myself. I grew up in Louisa County (earthquake country for those of you that are not familiar), about 30 minutes southeast of Charlottesville. I've been a UVA fan since I was a little kid, and I grew up idolizing Aaron Brooks, Thomas Jones and Curtis Staples as a youngster. Neither of my parents are UVA alums, but plenty of my cousins and other relatives were, and growing up so close to Grounds, I went to tons of games as I grew up. My first season as a Virginia football season ticket holder was 2002, when Matt Schaub was tearing it up on the field and Al Groh was tearing it up on the recruiting trail (the latter seems like a ridiculous notion now). I've also attended a bunch of Virginia basketball and baseball games over the years. I'd have to say my favorite memory in Scott Stadium would have to be the win over FSU in 2005. Yes, I was there for the win over the Hokies in '03 but for some reason the FSU win was more special to me. Marques Hagans was perfect that night. Sean Singletary's game winner vs. Duke in 2007 was easily my favorite in-person UVA basketball experience as well.
I am an alum of Radford University, so I have some experience living deep in the heart of Hokie country. It's exactly what you expect it would be like. My sister, who also is an RU alum, was the one who sold me on Radford, so I know a little bit about being recruited first hand. Now that I'm finished with school and am back in Central Virginia, I'm at UVA games a lot more often. It's great to be back in the Charlottesville area, one of the most beautiful places in the country.
The next few months should be an exciting time for Virginia football and basketball recruiting. The football team is in the midst of spring practice, and the spring game this Saturday should be a great opportunity for Mike London and staff to get talented prospects on Grounds. Basketball season is over, and Coach Bennett and his staff can now fully concentrate on evaluating and pursuing their 2013 targets. You can follow me on twitter @justin_ferber, or stay tuned to streakingthelawn.com for the lastest recruiting news and analysis.
I'm excited interact with some of you guys as I get started here.