Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today, we will recap a pair of decisions from the previous week, and give you an update on several of the state's finest.
The Virginia football program received some good news last Thursday, when Buford (Ga.) safety David Curry committed to the Cavaliers. As we mentioned last week, many felt that it was not a question of if, but when the 6-1, 190 pound safety would jump aboard the Wahoo Express.
As far as the two-star ranking goes, we again advise fans to take it with a grain of salt, as there will be several rounds of re-rankings before it is all said and done. More importantly, Defensive coordinator, Jon Tenuta knows exactly what he wants from a player, and Curry fits the bill, with his hard-hitting and ability to make open-field tackles. Curry comes from one of the best high prep programs in the region, and maybe the country. At his current school,the rising senior is receiving top notch coaching and is no stranger to elite competition. Buford has been a football factory over the years, churning out a plethora of FBS talent, including 2015 athlete, Joshua Thomas, who claims an offer from the Cavaliers.
Curry is the second safety to commit to the Wahoos, along with Altavista standout, Juan Thornhil. So what does that mean for fellow safety target, Pennsylvania native, John Petrishen? Petrishen is a defensive back that the Cavaliers like a lot, and picked up an offer from UVa back in June. Will the Wahoos take three safeties in one class? More will become clear when the 6-1, 184 pound safety makes his next trip to grounds later this month.
Turner is a Gamecock
We said in last week's roundup that Centreville running back AJ Turner was likely going to announce his commitment to South Carolina, and the 2015 standout did not disappoint. Turner selected the Gamecocks on national television, over finalists, UVa, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Clemson. You really have to tip your hat to the USC coaching staff on this one, as South Carolina was the first school to offer Turner, even before he carved up the Oscar Smith defense in the 2013 state title game.
Making up Ground?
We have said for weeks that 2015 C.D. Hylton offensive lineman, Matthew Burrell is likely to head out of state, and while that is still probably true, UVa may have made up some ground in the past week. On Friday night, Burrell tweeted that he will have to give the Cavaliers a closer look, along with Tennessee.
Virginia did not make Burrell's initial top 15 released in the spring, but the four-star tackle is extremely familiar with the program. Obviously, there is no real reason to get excited until Burrell makes it back to Charlottesville for a visit, but the Wahoos may have more staying power than originally beleived.
Sticking with the class of 2015, Ocean Lakes defensive back Jahque Allenye tweeted out his top six last Friday night, and the Cavaliers made the cut, along with Virginia Tech, Louisville, Kentucky, East Carolina, and Oregon. Ocean Lakes High School has been kind to the Wahoos in recent years, supplying both Eli Harold and Corwin Cutler. The Dolphins are loaded with talent year in and year out, and the class of 2015 is no different, as UVa is in pursuit of four-star linebacker Jahvoni Simmons and three-star defensive back T.J. Griffin. Ocean Lakes is also home to top 2016 cornerback LeVonta Taylor, who is a big-time target for the next class.
Allenye is coming off a recent visit to Virginia Tech, and could be in Charlottesville this weekend for Mike London's final one-day camp of the summer.
Change of plans
We told you last week that wide receiver Trevion Armstrong committed to Old Dominion, but now his plan for college, as well as high school have changed. Armstrong has reclassified to 2016 and will transfer to Trinity Episcopal. The three-star wideout has also re-opened his recruitment, and is listening to any and all comers. Armstrong has visited grounds several times in the past year, but has still not picked up an offer from the Cavaliers. Will the 6-2, 220 pound athlete's reclassification have any impact on his standing with the Wahoos? Only time will tell, but Armstrong is also trying to make it to Charlottesville this weekend.
That will do it for this week's roundup. We'll be back next Wednesday (hopefully earlier in the day!) with an update on London's final one-day camp, and all things UVa recruiting. Have a great week everybody!