Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today we will break down Virginia's latest basketball target for 2016, and touch on the football team's big official visitor this weekend.
We will tip this edition off with some basketball news. Over the weekend, head coach Tony Bennett hosted 2016 VES standout Sacha Killeya-Jones, and the junior big man left grounds with an offer. In addition to the Wahoos, the 6-10. 190 pounder holds offers from Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, Richmond, and VCU among others. Killeya-Jones is the prototypical stretch four, who has seen his stock soar over the summer. The three-star forward is extremely athletic for his size, and has the ability to play inside as well as out. The junior is a native of Chapel Hill, but spent all last year in Central Virginia, attending Woodberry Forrest, before transferring to VES in the off season.
Following the 2015-16 campaign, Virginia will need to replace its entire projected starting front court, but the staff is hard at work targeting replacements. In addition to Killeya-Jones, UVa is in hot pursuit of Blue Ridge big man Mamadi Diakite, who absolutely killed it at Bennett's elite camp back in August.
The Wahoos have a great start on the class of 2016, with three-star combo guard Ty Jerome already in the fold.
On the Road Again:
Tuesday was the first day that college hoops coaches could hit the road and evaluate talent, and Bennett wasted little time putting in work for the class of 2016 and beyond. The reigning ACC Coach of the Year travelled to the Hooiser State to pay a visit to Indianapolis native, shooting guard Kyle Guy. Bennett was not alone, as Guy was greeted by Purdue head coach Matt Painter, as well as assistants from Indiana and Iowa State. The four-star shooting guard picked up an offer from the Cavaliers back in July.
Later in the day, the Virginia staff was in South Port Indiana to get a closer look at 2016 center Joey Brunk, and his teammate, 2017 shooting guard Paul Scruggs.
Switching over to the gridiron, where head coach Mike London and staff will welcome the first official visitor for the class of 2015, Florida offensive tackle Grant Polk. While most prospects take their officials later in the fall or winter, Polk will take his this weekend because he plans on enrolling early.
That is excellent news for the Virginia football program.
The 6-5, 292 pound tackle made a trip north to Gainsville to check out the University of Florida's football practice in July, but remained firmly committed to the Wahoos. The Cavaliers badly need depth on the offensive line, and keeping Polk in the bag for 2015 will be one of the staff's primary concerns going forward.
Off the Board:
You can cross Georgia kicker/punter Ian Shannon off the board. The top flight specialist committed to Auburn over the weekend. Shannon made a visit to grounds in late July and was high on the Cavaliers, but elected to go with the defending SEC Champions. Virginia already has a recruited walk-on kicker in the fold for 2015, in Western Albemarle's Holland Corbett. Corbett is a recruited walk-on for now, but we have heard from multiple sources that he could become a scholarship player.
Friday Night Lights:
Last Friday night, all eyes were on UVa commit Nick Johns, as his Gonzaga squad rolled past defending State Champion Centreville 31-14 in front of a national television audience. Johns broke a 7-7 tie in the second quarter with a rushing TD to help Zage hand the Wildcats their first loss since the 2012 season.
That will do it for this edition of Recruiting Roundup! Have a great week everybody!