Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today, we will break down last Saturday's events at Scott Stadium, including the big news surrounding a key member of the 2015 class.
Signed and Sealed:
The Virginia football team earned its first ACC win in 672 days with a 23-21 triumph over Louisville last Saturday. While it was only one game, the victory did wonders for the perception of the program. Perhaps the biggest impact was felt with 2015 Punta Gorda Florida offensive tackle Grant Polk. Polk, who was on his official visit to grounds, saw all that he needed to see to confirm his choice of the Cavaliers. The three-star tackle signed his grant-in-aid financial agreement, giving Polk the green light to enroll at UVa in January. The grant-in-aid serves as a letter of intent for early enrollees. Polk will be eligible for spring practice in 2015, and head coach Mike London can now comment on him publicly. Needless to say, this is a huge development for a player of need in this class.
Another visitor on Saturday was Pennsylvania safety John Petrishen. The Keystone native was offered by Virginia in June, and this past weekend was his second visit to grounds. Petrishen is high on the Cavaliers, but his hometown school, Pitt is a major threat here. The senior will be in Heinz Field this Saturday to take in the Panthers' game against Iowa. Petrishen remains a priority target for the Wahoos, but Virginia already has safety commits from Juan Thornhill and David Curry.
Settle in the House:
Stonewall Jackson defensive tackle Tim Settle was the biggest name in attendance on Saturday afternoon. Virginia was one of, if not the early favorite for mammoth DT, but the Cavaliers have some work to do here. UVa was not listed in Settle's most recent top five, as several out of state schools, namely Penn State, have come on strong. In addition, Virginia Tech is home to Settle's high school teammate and close friend, Greg Stroman, who has settled in (no pun intended) nicely in Blacksburg. There is still a long way to go in this one, but the fact that Settle was in town for a huge win can only help Virginia's chances.
Other visitors included 2015 commits, Thornhill, Curry, and Javhoni Simmons, along with 2016 pledge Cole Blackman, and 2016 target Zach Yarbrough.
Virginia became the latest school to enter the race for top 2016 offensive tackle Parker Boudreaux. Boudreaux, who gets the award for the most intimidating recruiting profile pic, has an offer list as long as any 2016 kid in the nation, so obviously there will be plenty of competition here.
Friday Night Lights:
We will head to Pennsylvania for this week's edition of Friday Night Lights. Running back commit Olamide Zaccheaus scored a pair of touchdowns in St. Joseph's heartbreaking 42-34 loss to St. Ignatius this past weekend. A one-yard plunge into the endzone by Zaccheaus gave the Hawks a 28-21 lead, before St. Ignatius responded with a late-game surge.
Bennett Heads to Battle:
Switching gears to basketball, where head coach Tony Bennett will travel to New Jersey today to meet with five-star shooting guard Tyrus Battle according to reports. Battle has been a busy man this week, sitting down with John Beilein, Thad Matta, Billy Donavan, Kevin Ollie, and Jim Larranaga in the past two days alone.
North of the Border:
Elsewhere on the hardwood, the top ranked player in the class of 2016 is headed to Canada. Former Carlisle seven-footer Thon Maker and his brother are leaving the Commonwealth to play for a school up north. Maker was always a long shot for the Wahoos anyway, and this makes UVa's chances with the five-star center even less likely. UVa is heavily involved with top in-state big men, Sacha Killeya-Jones from VES and Blue Ridge's Mamadi Diakite. Landing one or both of them will be a bigger coup to go along with point guard Ty Jerome.
That will do it for today! Have a great week everybody!