Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today, we'll go over the not-so-good news for UVa fans in the past several days, and preview the decision of a key 2015 prospect.
Hardin to Georgia
Virginia got its first piece of bad news on Friday evening, when Marist (Ga.) OT Sage Hardin selected Georgia over the Cavaliers among others. A UVa legacy, Hardin was a frequent visitor to grounds and had the Wahoos high on his list throughout the process. UGA threw its hat in the race last month, and an offer from the home-state Bulldogs was too good to pass up. Few programs in the country are better at keeping its kids home than Georgia, and the Dawgs are getting a good one, in Hardin.
Skule Chooses Vanderbilt
The Cavaliers were dealt another blow on Monday, when Centreville OL Justin Skule committed to Vandy. UVa was the first to offer the 6-6, 305 pound lineman, and was eventually joined by West Virginia, Rutgers, Navy, and of course, Vanderbilt. Skule impressed at the Dores' one-day camp several weeks ago, earning an offer that completely change his recruitment.
Was missing out on both Hardin and Skule that big of a surprise? No, but they were at the top of UVa's offensive line board, and either one would have made a great addition to the three big uglies already on board.
What's next? More on the offensive line situation shortly.
Off the Board
Several 2015 prospects on Virginia's radar made their college choices in the past seven days. None of these kids were huge losses, but each of them is now off the board.
On Saturday afternoon, Gonzaga (Washington D.C.) wide receiver, Jabari Greenwood committed to Kentucky. The Cavaliers did everything they could to gain traction with the three-star receiver, led by his quarterback and teammate, Nick Johns, but Greenwood went with the Wildcats in the end.
Fellow DMV native, cornerback Ashton White pledged to Notre Dame last night. White committed to Virginia Tech last December, but decided to re-open his recruitment in March. The 5-11, 182 cornerback was another recruit that Johns was working hard on, but White ended up choosing the green and gold.
Sticking with the region, Owings Mills (Md.) linebacker Wyatt Cook committed to Purdue. Ever the showman, Cook announced that he would tweet out his decision during halftime of the U.S. soccer game yesterday, and decided on the Boilermakers.
Finally, Manchester wide receiver Trevion Armstrong committed to Old Dominion this past weekend. Armstrong was a player that the Cavaliers like a lot, and made several visits to grounds in the past year, but was never offered by UVa. Meanwhile, ODU's move to the FBS has been quite the recruiting tool, as the Monarchs have quietly assembled a strong 2015 class, highlighted by two members of the Rivals.com Preseason Virginia Top 25.
With the dead period in effect until next Sunday, we did not think that there would be much new content this week, but that all changed Tuesday, when Northside OT/DT Chance Hall announced that he will be making his decision soon. Hall announced last night that he will commit to either UVa, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, or Notre Dame on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
Having missed out on both Hardin and Skule, Hall has now become an even more pivotal recruit for Virginia for the class of 2015. Familiarity with the Wahoos is certainly not an issue, as Hall is a UVa season ticket holder and has grown up attending football and basketball games in Charlottesville.
The 6-4, 290 pound Hall is a dominant force at defensive tackle, but many project him as an offensive lineman at the next level. The fact that he is a position of need and that he grew up a fan of the Cavaliers, makes Hall one of the most important recruits for this cycle. Hall will make his decision live on WSET ABC 7's 6:00 newscast on Thursday evening. Keep it right here for the latest.
Back on the Market
We will close with some basketball this week, as former Georgetown commit, Noah Dickerson has decided to reopen his recruitment. Dickerson surprised many when he committed to the Hoyas in May, but announced on twitter several days ago that he is has decided to reopen his recruitment. The 6-8, 255 pound rebounding machine has turned heads at both the EYBL and NBPA camps this summer, and will certainly attract more interest in the coming months.
As things stand now, Virginia has only one scholarship to offer for the class of 2015, and Dickerson would be a tremendous addition to the Cavalier frontcourt. Dickerson holds over a dozen offers, including Georgia Tech, NC State, and Wake Forest, but UVa is the top program on his list right now. It will be interesting to see which new schools throw their hats in the race, and how UVa will change its efforts with one of its top priorities back on the market.
That's it for today's edition of Recruiting Roundup. We will keep everyone posted on Chance Hall's decision, and all the latest in UVa recruiting. Have a great week everybody!