It was yet another busy seven days in University of Virginia recruiting, and this week’s roundup is loaded with football and basketball content.
While the Virginia baseball team was putting away Ole Miss to qualify for the championship series, the football program picked up its ninth commitment on Saturday evening, securing a verbal from Pennsylvania cornerback Kareem Gibson. Originally from Maryland, Gibson selected the Cavaliers over Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Temple, Akron, Toledo, and heavy interest from Arizona.
As far as his current two-star rating with Rivals goes, we urge Wahoo fans to take it with a grain of salt. There will be several rounds of re-rankings before, during, and after the 2014 season, and Gibson has made a name for himself on the camp circuit this summer. The 5-10, 160 pound corner has the speed and the athleticism that can’t be taught, and is a big time addition to the class of 2015 any way you slice it. Current UVa defensive back, Maurice Canady was just a two-star in the summer prior to his senior year and he turned out alright.
In addition, Penn State is recruiting at the highest level right now and if they want a kid, greyshirt or not, then he is definitely worth it.
Harden Sets Date
We told you last week that Georgia offensive tackle Sage Hardin was a big priority for the Cavaliers, and we learned on Monday night that his recruitment would be coming to an end soon. Hardin announced on twitter that he will make his decision public on Friday at 6:00 p.m., but has yet to tweet out any finalists.
The 6-6, 260 pound tackle is a UVa legacy, and is extremely familiar with the Cavalier program. Hardin camped at Virginia last summer and returned to grounds for the Oregon game in September, and for a junior day in January.
The elephant in the room is the offer from home state school, Georgia, which was extended back on June 16th. Few teams in the country keep in-state talent home better than the Dawgs, and Hardin is extremely high on UGA, despite being a Georgia Tech legacy as well.
We won’t discount California either, as the Golden Bears were the most recent visit of any of the schools that have offered.
As we mentioned, Hardin is not showing his hand, publicly at least, and we are just over 48 hours from finding out his destination.
So what is the tipping point in the race to land the three-star tackle? Could Hardin be wary of the Cavaliers filling up their offensive line class? Is the offer from the home state school too good to pass up? How good of a visit did he have out west? Keep it right here for the latest.
The Cavaliers hosted a big-time instate 2015 prospect on Monday, as Salem defensive end Trevon Hill made his way to grounds. Hill’s visit was big in that many pegged the Wahoos as an afterthought in his recruitment. Was the visit enough to move the needle? We’re not sure how much, but the 6-4, 220 pound DE tweeted out a new top ten in which UVa was included. In addition to Virginia, Clemson, Louisville, NC State, North Carolina, East Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin made up his new top group.
While UVa has Salem alum, Divante Walker on its roster, the Sun Devil program has been more kind to the Hokies lately, sending two to Blacksburg in 2013, including tight end Bucky Hodges.
We feel that Hill is extremely underrated and his game closely resembles that of Eli Harold’s.
More New Offers
London and staff hosted Virginia’s second one-day camp of the summer this past weekend, and the Cavaliers extended two new offers.
The first of which was to 2017 Woodberry Forest quarterback Lindell Stone. A Texas native, Stone started two games for WFS in 2013, leading the Tigers to two victories. The young signal caller spent a great deal of time with the UVa staff on Saturday, and impressed enough to earn an offer. As crazy as it sounds to already discuss 2017 recruiting, Stone picked up an offer from UCLA last year when he was just an eighth grader.
Stone is a teammate of offensive lineman, Clark Yarbrough, who is a priority for Virginia in 2016. Beginning with Yarbrough, the Cavaliers will look to end a dryspell at Woodberry Forest. The Tigers have produced many top prospects in recent years, but has seen their best head to Notre Dame in the past three cycles.
Stone is a multi-sport athlete, excelling in both track and lacrosse as well.
The Cavaliers also extended an offer to 2016 Greenwich (Conn.) tight end Scooter Harrington following the one-day camp. Harrington already claims an offer from Boston College, where his father played defensive end. The 6-4, 225 pound tight end could potentially pick up offer number three this weekend, when he camps at UConn.
NBPA Camp in the Books
Switching to basketball, where the annual NBPA Camp held at John Paul Jones Arena has come to a close. The biggest news out of last weekend was that following the camp, the Cavalier coaches were able to get some face time with 2016 point guard Payton Prichard. Prichard took an unofficial visit to UVa, and eventually picked up an offer from the Wahoos.
On the surface, the 6-2, 175 pound Prichard appears to be an ideal point guard for head coach Tony Bennett, with his passing skills and ability to knockdown a jumper. In eight games played at JPJ, Prichard shot 41 percent from beyond the arc, knocking down 13 treys, good enough for second place in the entire camp. Prichard also dished out 3.4 assists per contest, good enough for fourth overall.
In addition to UVa, Prichard claims offers from Arizona State, Butler, Indiana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Maye Gaining Interest
A player that is high on UVa’ radar right now is 2015 power forward Luke Maye. Maye arrived in Charlottesville last Monday, and visited with the UVa staff before the start of camp. The 6-8 forward made his presence felt at John Paul Jones arena once the games got started, leading the entire camp with 67 boards, averaging 8.4 per contest. Maye claims over a dozen offers, including Notre Dame, Clemson, and Richmond, and is hearing from instate schools, North Carolina and NC State.
The Cavaliers will continue to keep a close eye on Maye in the coming months, but the staff will be extremely cautious with every move they make during this recruiting cycle. Unless there is an unexpected departure after next season, UVa will have just one scholarship to work with for the class of 2015.
That will do it for this week’s edition of Recruiting Roundup. Keep it right here for the latest on all thing UVa recruiting and be sure to check out our team coverage of UVa's quest for a College World Series title.
Have a great week everybody!