Welcome to a special addition of Recruiting Roundup! News broke on Tuesday night that Virginia had brought in Chris Beatty as an offensive assistant, and the school confirmed the report late last night. Beatty is not only a great offensive mind, but the Centreville High School graduate is also a tireless recruiter, with ties all over the state of Virginia. Beatty coached Percy Harvin at Landstown High School at Virginia Beach, but many expect the newest Cavalier to make his presence felt in the Nova/DC/MD area.
Now that the hire is official, what can we expect for the remainder of the class of 2015 and beyond?
Back on the Market:
The Beatty effect was felt just hours after reports surfaced that the former Badger assistant was leaving for Charlottesville. Wisconsin commit and former Beatty recruit T.J. Griffin announced on Wednesday that he decommitted from the Badgers. Griffin committed to UW last fall, but the DB is back on the market with less than a month to go until signing day. The Ocean Lakes standout held offers from UVa, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Duke, Texas Tech, and Oregon, but decided to commit to Beatty and Wisconsin.
Will the 5-10, 165 pound cornerback follow Beatty to Charlottesville? We certainly like where this one is going. According to reports, Griffin will take an official visit to grounds along with the rest of the class of 2015 next weekend.
Speaking of official visits, Colonial Forge wide receiver Gary Jennings will be on grounds for his OV this weekend. Jennings and UVa have had mutual interest for awhile, but the Hoos have plenty of competition. Nebraska, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, and Wisconsin are also high on the 6-2, 195 pound wideout. The Badgers were hot on Jennings' trail, but guess who was their lead recruiter for his services… none of than Chris Beatty! Beatty's presence in Charlottesville can do nothing but help Virginia's chances of landing the three-star wide receiver.
Beatty did a tremendous job recruiting for the Badgers for the class of 2015. Gulliver Prep (Miami Fl) linebacker Dominic Sheppard was one of his biggest gets, and we wouldn't be surprised if the talented defender gave a hard look at the Cavaliers. UVa was one of almost two dozen schools to offer the three-star 'backer, before Sheppard committed to Wisconsin. As of right now, Sheppard is still committed to UW, but if UVa decided to make a move, the Cavaliers would have plenty of momentum in their corner. Sheppard combined with Javhoni Simmons would give Virginia one of the top, if not, the top inside linebacker haul in the entire country for the class of 2015.
Dead Period Over:
The LONG recruiting dead period finally came to an end this morning, and head coach Mike London and company handed out a pair of offers shortly after.
Pittsburgh (Pa) DE/TE Rashad Wheeler announced on Twitter this morning that he landed an offer from Virginia. The Cavaliers are the first school to offer the multi-demnensional athlete, but many expect Wheeler to blow up at the camp circuit this summer. UVa hit the state of Pennsylvania hard in the class of 2015, and it looks like the Hoos will be at it again in 2016.
UVa became the latest school to extend an offer to 2017 wide receiver Tarik Black. His recruitment is a long way from being over, but Black holds offers from Boston College, UConn, Maryland Old Dominion, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Temple in addition to the Wahoos. The 6-2, 184 pound receiver tweeted out his UVa offer with a picture of Caanan Severin's catch against Miami below. The kid gets an 'A' for presentation.
That will do it for today's edition of Recruiting Roundup! Have a great week everybody