Welcome to the second edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today we will touch on UVa’s two latest verbal commitments and a few basketball nuggets. Let’s go!
Just as we were wrapping up this week’s Recruiting Roundup, Erie (Pa.) defensive tackle, James Trucilla threw a wrench in our plans, becoming the eighth member of the class of 2015 to commit to the Cavaliers.
Trucilla received an offer from UVa back on June 2nd, and made the trek down to Charlottesville this past weekend. The 6-1, 267 pound DT selected Virginia over offers from a trio of MAC schools among others and was drawing heavy interest from Rose Bowl champion, Michigan State.
While we have mentioned that the OL was going to be a major priority this cycle, the same can be said for the defensive line. Trucilla is an important pickup in that the Cavaliers are thin at defensive tackle. By the time Trucilla arrives in Charlottesville, Chris Brathwaite and Greg Gallop will gone, David Dean will be a senior, and Donte Wilkins and Andre Miles-Redmond will be juniors. Trucilla is a run-stopping defensive tackle, which will be a perfect compliment to five-star incoming freshman, Andrew Brown, who loves to rush the passer from the middle.
UVa’s top target at defensive tackle is Stonewall Jackson standout, Tim Settle, but his recruitment will last well into the fall. London and his staff have been all-in on Settle since the beginning and he genuinely likes the Cavaliers, but the team will need to put on a better showing this fall in order to have a chance at landing him.
Keep an Eye On:
Trucilla was not alone on his recent visit to grounds, as fellow Keystone State standout, safety, John Petrishen was on hand after recently scoring an offer from the Hoos. Petrishen boasts over a dozen offers, including ACC schools, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. The 6-2, 197 pound safety’s school is basically in the Panthers’ backyard, so look for Pitt to be a big factor in the race. Petrishen appears to have enjoyed his first visit to Charlottesville, and don’t be surprised if UVa’s latest pickup, Trucilla tries to influence his fellow PA native.
Proctor Picks UVa
We mentioned on Friday that Liberty (Bealeton) offensive tackle, RJ Proctor became the third OL commit for this recruiting cycle. Proctor’s ceiling is high, having turned 16 after his junior season. Despite being one of youngest guys on the field Proctor led the way up front, mowing down opponents to allow the Eagles to rush for over 2600 yards in 2013.
Other commits for 2015:
Juan Thornhill, DB-Altavista, Va
Ryan Bischoff, OL-Plymouth Meeting, PA
Nick Johns, QB-Washington D.C.
David Eldridge, WR-Nokesville, Va
Tanner Cowley, TE-Manasquan, NJ
Grant Polk, OT-Punta Gorda, FL
So what’s next on the offensive line?
Look for UVa to take one and possibly two more linemen to round out this class. This is an usually good year for lineman in the state of Virginia, but some of the top guys around the Commonwealth appear to be headed elsewhere. Rockbridge tackle, Austin Clark picked South Carolina and Cox OT, Blake Camper committed to Rutgers last week. In addition, the Wahoos did not make four-star Hylton standout, Matthew Burrell’s top 15, with more cuts to come. Like Settle, the Cavaliers will need to show some improvement on the field in 2014 if they hope to gain any traction from Burrell.
Sticking with the OL, UVa was the first to offer Centreville’s Justin Skule, but the 6-6, 305 pounder has since added offers from West Virginia, Rutgers, and recently, Vanderbilt.
On the offensive guard front, the Cavaliers will be a factor in the race for three-star Georgia native, Sage Hardin, whose father played for Virginia. Hardin is also a Georgia Tech legacy, as his father began his career in Atlanta, and his grandfather was a manager for the 1952 National Championship Yellow Jacket squad.
Glass Gets an Offer
Over the weekend, UVa held a 7-on-7 tournament, bringing teams from all over the region to grounds, and the staff particularly liked what they saw from LCA safety, Tim Glass. The Wahoos became the fifth school to offer Glass, along with East Carolina, Charlotte, Cincinnati, and NC State. Glass is making the transition to state power, Liberty Christian, after spending the last two years at George Washington.
The 6-2, 200 pound Glass is a sound playmaker, and is quickly acclimating himself to the LCA system according to sources. Look for Glass to shine in a defensive system that has helped lead the Bulldogs to three consecutive state titles.
Maker Offered by Big Blue
Switching to the hardwood now, where 2014 national runner-up, Kentucky has offered Carlisle School big man, Thon Maker. Considered by many as the top prospect for the class of 2016, Maker boasts offers from some of the nation’s elite, as well as home state school, Virginia. There is talk that the seven-foot phenom will reclassify to the class of 2015, but that decision likely won’t come until the start of the 2014-15 school year.
NBPA Top 100 Camp
For the ninth consecutive year, many of the nation’s elite of have descended upon Charlottesville for the NBPA Top 100 Camp, held at John Paul Jones Arena. Several UVa targets are in attendance today, including Maker, Cape Henry’s Chris Clarke, Braxton Blackwell, and local standout, Javin Montgomery-DeLaurier. Clarke and Montgomery-DeLaurier do not have Virginia offers at this time. The Cavalier coaches are not allowed to speak with anyone at the camp or take in any of action, so don’t expect anything major to occur in the next few days.
That will do it for this edition of Recruiting Roundup. Have a great week!