Welcome to the first edition of the Recruiting Roundup! Every Wednesday, we will recap what has been going on in the world of UVa recruiting. The summer time is always a whirlwind with new offers being extended and commits jumping on board in droves, which has certainly been the case in the past two weeks.
Let's get to it!
Class of 2015
After not receiving a verbal commitment for several weeks, Kettle Run wide receiver David Eldridge jumped on board on May 29th. Eldridge selected the Cavaliers over offers from Boston College, Connecticut, East Carolina, Illinois, Old Dominion, and Wake Forest. The 6-0, 165 pounder is a speed demon, boasting a 4.45 40 time, and hails from an important part of the Commonwealth, that the Wahoos have not exactly cleaned up in in recent years. Make no mistake, Eldridge is a big-tme pickup.
The month of June started off with a bang, as Manasquan (NJ) native, Tanner Cowley became the fifth member of the class of 2015, selecting UVa over offers from Buffalo, Connecticut, and Rutgers among others. The 6-4, 210 pounder is being recruited as a tight end, but has an excellent background on the defensive side of the ball as well.
On Sunday night, UVa received (literally) its biggest commitment of the class of 2015, when 6-5, 292 pound Florida offensive tackle Grant Polk joined the party. Polk is yet another 2015 kid that recently visited Charlottesville, and immediately fell in love with grounds. The Punta Gorda native selected the Cavaliers over offers East Carolina, South Florida, and Indiana, along with a host of Conference USA schools. Polk's recruitment is significant in that London is looking to take a big offensive line class this year, after signing just two for 2014. The Wahoos have not gained much traction from the state's top two lineman, as Austin Clark (who decides tomorrow) named a top four over the weekend that did not include UVa. In addition, Virginia did not make Hylton offensive guard Matthew Burrell's top 15. The Cavaliers already have two big uglies on board for this cycle, with Polk and Ryan Bischoff, who committed to UVa back in April.
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Liberty (Bealeton) offensive tackle, RJ Proctor recently picked up an offer from UVa, and has spoken very highly of London and the Cavaliers. The 6-4, 320 pound Proctor is from the same area as Eldridge, and you can bet that Virginia's wide receiver commit will be working on the big man.
Signing Day 2016 is over 600 days away, but Virginia has gotten an early jump on its 2016 recruiting class, picking up a pair of wide receiver commits in the past several days. Randolph Henry wideout, Joseph Reed made his commitment known (EARLY) Saturday morning. The Cavaliers were the first school to offer Reed, and the 6-2, 205 pound athlete wasted little time selecting his childhood favorite university. Reed was a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the ball for Randolph Henry in 2013. The sophomore hauled in 33 catches for 669 yards and 13 touchdowns, while rushing for an additional 186 yards and a TD. On the other side of the ball, Reed recorded 31 tackles, intercepted three passes, and scooped up three fumbles for the Statesmen. Reed is an excellent baseball player as well, boasting a career batting average of .461, to the tune of 71 hits and 64 runs scored in the past two seasons
Glen Allen wide receiver, Cole Blackman kept the momentum going on Tuesday night, committing to Virginia, shortly after the Cavaliers offered. Blackman has turned many heads on the camp circuit in the past number of weeks, leading to the offer from the Wahoos. The 6-2, 190 pound wide receiver is a playmaker from the wideout position, highlighted by his excellent hands and crisp route running ability. Blackman had a connection to UVa already, as the rising junior trains with former Cavalier great, Billy McMullen in the offseason. Virginia's newest commit is well known across the Commonwealth, and is well respected by top prospects for the class of 2015 and 16 alike.
This Saturday, London and company will be up bright and early, hosting a 7-on-7 tournament on grounds. Will the staff extend any new offers? Keep it right here for all things Virginia football and basketball recruiting!