Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today, we will break down the weekend ahead, and let you know about a BIG hoops visitor next week.
It's going to be a big weekend on grounds. Head coach Mike London and company will welcome the bulk of the 2015 recruiting class to the Hook for their official visits. Obviously, C.J. Stalker and Grant Polk will not be included because they are already enrolled at UVa. In addition, both Warren Craft and Juan Thornhill have basketball games this weekend, so they will take their visits later. Nevertheless, Virginia will play host to 14 members of the class of 2015, as well as a few others.
And they are...
Jordan Fox- Fresh off of an official visit to Stanford, the Jersey City (Nj) linebacker will see what the Cavaliers have to offer. Many view Fox as a Stanford lean, but the three-star 'backer is a high priority for the Orange and Blue. London, Jon Tenuta, and others view Fox as a potential "Max Valles" type outside linebacker that can also play rush-end. The Hoos have some work to do here, and will look to make a great impression this weekend.
Eric Gallon- Every recruiting class is full of late risers, and that's exactly what Lakeland (Fl) linebacker Eric Gallon is. The Florida linebacker scored an offer from the Hoos earlier this month, and Gallon will take his official visit to grounds this weekend. Gallon visited Middle Tennessee last week, and also holds offers from South Florida, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, and Army.
T.J. Griffin- The former Wisconsin and Ocean Lakes (Va) cornerback will make the short trip to Charlottesville this weekend. If you recall, Griffin decommitted from UW soon after former Badger-turned UVa assistant Chris Beatty left for Virginia. If everything lines up correctly, the Hoos have to like where they stand here.
Obviously, David Curry is another young man who will not be visiting Charlottesville this weekend. The former UVa commit announced on twitter over the weekend that he has decided to attend Georgia Tech instead. Curry committed to the Hoos over the summer, but decided on the Jackets at (almost) the 11th hour.
Many people whined about his two-star rating over the summer, but he proved a lot of doubters wrong with his superb play on the field for Buford this fall. Curry is another example of the staff getting on somebody before they truly blossom.
We caution fans to take recruiting rankings with a grain of salt, as it is never an exact science.
With 2015 wrapping up, the UVa staff is turning its attention to the class of 2016. On Wednesday morning, Cranford (Nj) offensive tackle Will Fries tweeted out that the Hoos entered the race for his services. The three-star lineman already holds offers from Clemson, Penn State, and Syracuse among others.
Big Man on Grounds:
While there will be a ton of people in John Paul Jones Arena next weekend when Duke comes to town, Blue Ridge center Mamadi Diakite will likely standout among the masses. Diakite is the primary target going forward for 2016, and having him in the house for the biggest game of the year, certainly doesn't hurt.
Speaking of Dikate, he helped Blue Ridge control the boards, 41-20 in a 71-61 win over VES on Tuesday night. VES is home to UVa commit Sacha Killeya-Jones, who led all scorers with 19 points in the losing effort.
That will do it for this week's Recruiting Roundup! See ya!