Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! We are later than usual, but we are ready to rock and roll with the latest in the wonderful world of recruiting. Today, we will recap UVa's latest football commitment, and update you on a key member of the class of 2015.
The biggest news of the past seven days ( which broke just hours after the release of last week's Recruiting Roundup) was the commitment of three-star defensive end Brandon Wilson. Wilson selected Virginia over offers from Wisconsin, Kentucky, and a slew of ACC programs. The three-star's commitment is big in that he is the first true defensive end in the class. Four-star Rasool Clemons and three-star Gladimir Paul are terrific pickups and great fits in Jon Tenuta's system, but the two commits are a little undersized for defensive end at the present time. At 6-4, 240 pounds, Wilson is a defensive end all the way, and is a great counterpart to both Clemons and Paul. Wilson committed to the Wahoos despite having never visited grounds before, so keep any eye out for any dates on that front.
Virginia made a big splash on the recruiting trail in late July when four-star linebacker C.J. Stalker committed to the Wahoos. Even before UVa displayed improvement on the field, Stalker was all-in for the Orange and Blue, and the top 'backer may be able to get an early jump on his college career. Reports surfaced in the past week that the Ohio native is shooting for early enrollment. There is still much work to be done from all parties, but having Stalker enroll in January would be huge for the program. The Cavaliers will lose three linebackers to graduation following the 2014 season, and Stalker would be able to compete for early playing time in spring ball.
As far as early enrollees go, we already know that three-star offensive lineman Grant Polk has signed his financial-aid agreement, and will arrive on grounds in January.
One of the biggest stories of the fall so far in the commonwealth of Virginia is the early success of C.D. Hylton freshman running back Ricky Slade. Slade, who is teammates with four-star offensive lineman Matthew Burrell, is a big factor in the Bulldogs averaging 42 points per game thus far. It did not take long for the freshman to gain some recognition, as the Hoos and Hokies have come calling. After turning heads week in and week out, Slade picked up offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech on Wednesday afternoon. Obviously there is plenty of time to go in this one, and the future five-star will have a lengthy list of offers when its all said and done. Slade was in Charlottesville last month for UVa's win over Richmond.
Friday Night Lights:
On that note, we would like to highlight Slade's recent gridiron dominance for this week's Friday Night Lights. After rushing for five touchdowns against Osbourn Park, the dynamic freshman found the endzone eight, that's right, eight times this past Friday night. In a 66-41 win over Patriot, Slade rushed for 188 yards and five touchdowns, caught five passes for 92 yards and two TDs, and ran a kickoff back 92 yards for a score. Wow!
Top 2016 offensive line target Clark Yarbrough added offers from Virginia Tech and South Carolina in the past week. Yarbrough was in Scott Stadium for UVa's September games against UCLA and Louisville.
2015 linebacker Ricky DeBerry will be in Knoxville this weekend for Tennessee's huge game with Florida. DeBerry has been off the road for the past two weeks, but he will begin knocking out more of his officials this month.
Fellow 2015 standout, defensive tackle Tim Settle took his official visit to Virginia Tech last weekend, and will be at Oklahoma State for an official this Saturday. As of now, Settle plans on announcing his decision on December 20th.
Switching to basketball, where 2016 commit Ty Jerome took part in the Philadelphia vs. New York high school classic over the weekend. According to reports, Jerome looked the part of a Tony Bennett guard, with his change of pace, and "tight handle" even when facing full-court pressure. The 2016 commit finished the showcase with 11 points.
That will do it for today's Roundup. Keep an eye on any visit announcements for UVa's upcoming game with Pittsburgh this Saturday. Have a great week everybody!
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