Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today, we will further breakdown the Kyle Guy commitment and update you on several key members of the 2015 football recruiting class.
He’s Our Guy:
Obviously, the biggest news this week was Guy announcing his intentions to play for Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers. Though his stock soared nationally of the summer, Guy has been a household name in the Indianapolis basketball circuit since his freshman year. The junior assumed the starting point guard role in his second career varsity game; a spot that was filled by current Indiana guard Jeremy Hollowell the season prior. Guy will hold down the point guard spot at Lawrence Central for the next two years before arriving in Charlottesville.
Though he is a PG now, Guy, like nearly every Bennett guard recruit can play either the one or the two. His 6-5 wingspan allows him to defend multiple positions, which is a hallmark of Virginia’s pack-line defense. His shooting ability has been talked about to death already, but make no mistake, Guy can light it up from beyond the arc. The four-star guard is a big time addition to an already good-looking class of 2016.
Speaking of the class of 2016, UVa’s other commit Ty Jerome shined in yet another preseason tournament over the weekend. Jerome netted a game-high 27 points to lead his 2GZ squad to a 93-80 win in the semi finals of the IS8/Nike Fall Tip-Off Classic. Guy was a scoring machine, out-dueling 2016 guard Rawle Atkins, who rivals ranks is the 29th player in the country for the class. Needles to say, it has been an impressive month for Jerome on the preseason tour.
Though he set to enroll at UVa in January, offensive line commit Grant Polk was in Tallahassee this past weekend for Florida State’s top-10 clash with Notre Dame. This was not an official visit or anything of that nature, but it does raise a few eyebrows. Polk signed his grant-in-aid with Virginia last month, but the financial paperwork binds the school to the recruit, and not the other way around. The agreement does however allow the Virginia coaching staff unlimited contact wtth Polk, and Mike London can also comment about him publicly. Also keep an eye on Mississippi State, who is pushing for a visit according to reports.
However, barring a coaching change, we fully expect the three-star lineman to be in Charlottesville in January as planned.
Elite 2016 Ocean Lakes cornerback Levonta Taylor was also at FSU this past weekend.
Speaking of Ocean Lakes, 2015 UVa linebacker commit Javhoni Simmons had plenty of reasons to celebrate on Tuesday afternoon. In a ceremony at the school Simmons received an honorary jersey, commemorating his selection to the 2015 Under Armor All-American Game. The All-American Game, which will take place in early January, is a great chance for Simmons, and the Virginia program to gain visibility on the national stage. Current Wahoos Tre Nicholson and Darius Jennings were selected to play in 2011 All-American Game, before signing with UVa.
On the theme of all-star game selections, 2015 commit Myles Robinson will take part in the 2014 Maryland Crab Bowl, which will be played in late December.
Off the Board:
You can scratch Bethlehem Catholic’s Freddie Simmons’ name off the board. The 2015 three-star wide receiver verbally committed to Rutgers on Tuesday night. If you recall, Simmons was all set to commit to his school of choice in August, before pulling back on the reigns in the 11th hour. Simmons then went underground for two months, before deciding to commit to the Scarlet Knights. This is good news for Rutgers, but it is disappointing for Virginia, who was in excellent shape over the summer.
With Simmons off the market, it will be interesting to see if London decides to turn up the heat on William Fleming wideout Warren Craft. Craft, who was offered by the Wahoos last week, will be in Charlottesville on Saturday to take in The South’s Oldest Rivalry.
That will do it for this week’s Roundup. Check back next Wednesday for a recap of this Saturday’s visit list, and everything else in the wonderful world of UVa recruiting. Have a great week everybody!