Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today, we will give an update on several members of the class of 2016, and a former 2015 five-star who is looking for a new home.
On Monday, Virginia head coach Mike London announced during his weekly press conference that three members of the class of 2016 have signed their grant-in-aid paper work, allowing the trio of high school seniors to enroll at the University of Virginia in January.
The financial aid agreement binds UVa to the three recruits, and gives the Virginia coaching staff unlimited contact with the future Cavaliers While the three commits can obviously change their mind, they have already been cleared for early graduation from high school and admittance to UVa, thus making it highly unlikely for them to start the process all over again in a short amount of time. Let's take a closer look a Hoo will be joining the program a little early.
Tre Harbison (Running back, Shelby North Carolina):
Harbison is the pick of the litter, and will be a fixture in the UVa backfield for years to come. A consensus three-star recruit across the board, Harbison is rated as 17th best running back in the entire country for the class of 2016 by Rivals.com. In 2014, the 5-11, 210-pound 'back rushed for nearly 1,900 yards, and scored 36 touchdowns, while helping lead Crest High School to a North Carolina 3A State Championship.
Matt Terrell (Linebacker, Lynchburg Virginia):
Terrell becomes the latest Liberty Christian Academy product to play FBS football. A native of Kitty Hawk N.C., Terrell transferred to LCA in 2014, and posted 59 tackles, including 17 for a loss. The future Wahoo is off to a tremendous start in 2015, and is growing into one of the top pass rushing linebackers in the entire state. Terrell is rated three stars by ESPN, and two stars by Rivals and 247.
Christian Baumgardner (Tight end, Ocean City New Jersey):
The Wahoos have recruited tight ends heavily in the last couple of cycles, and Baumgardner will get a head start to his college career. Rated three stars by ESPN and two by Rivals and 247, the the 6-4, 230 pound Baumgardner hauled in 18 catches and one touchdown in an injury--shortened junior season. With Charlie Hopkins and Rob Burns graduating this year, there is certainly playing time available at tight end, and Baumgardner will have a chance to show what he can do during spring ball in Charlottesville.
Out For the Season;
Sticking with the class of 2016, one future Hoo will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2015 high school football season. William Fleming (Roanoke Va) cornerback Darrius Bratton suffered a knee injury last month, and an MRI revealed the injury to be a torn ACL. After helping lead the Colonels to their first playoff bid in five years last fall, Bratton will have to wait until next summer before he takes the field again. The 6-1, 170-pound Bratton recored one interception for a touchdown early in the season, and had hauled in eight catches for 118 yards and one score on offense. We wish Bratton a speedy recovery.
Out of the Running:
Well that didn't take long. Less than one month into his college career, former 2015 five-star tight end Chris Clark is looking for a new home. Clark announced his intentions to transfer from UCLA late last month, and one online publication indicated that the Wahoos could be in the mix. That does not seem to be the case anymore. According to reports, the former blue chipper is down to either Pitt or Syracuse, and will decide in the next several weeks. Clark was talking about potentially visiting grounds for Virginia's home game with the Orange and October 17th, but it looks like those plans are off. In an odd twist, Clark will get to see Virginia play in person this weekend on his official vista to the Steel City.
For those who do not recall, Clark committed to both Notre Dame and North Carolina, before ultimately signing with UCLA last February. It will be interesting to see where the former five-star ends up, and if he stays there.
That will do it for this edition of Recruiting Roundup. See ya!