Coaching changes often lead to shakeups in recruiting classes, and the Virginia football program has lost two commits in the last five days.
On Wednesday morning, Florida wide receiver Neru N'Shaka became the latest verbal pledge to part ways with UVa. N'Shaka announced his intentions on Twitter below.
After Talking With My Parents I have Officially Decommitted From The University Of Virginia An Opened Up My Recruitment— Neru N'Shaka (@Livekidd8) December 16, 2015
N'Shaka's decommitment should not come as a surprise to anyone, as we have been hinting at it for several weeks. The three-star wideout was considered a flight risk even before the coaching change occurred at UVa.
On the surface, the loss of the speedy wideout is not a big one. Virginia has five more wide receivers committed in the class of 2016. VA natives Cole Blackman and Joseph Reed, who are two of the best overall, have already stated that they are 100 percent on board with new head coach Bronco Mendenhall. Outside of maybe Hasise Dubois, who hinted that he may take other official visits in January, we don't see any other flight risks from this group.
Ruff Gone Too:
N'Shaka is the second former Virginia commit to reopen his recruitment.
While N'Shaka is still undecided, former linebacker commit Kenneth Ruff has already found a new home. On Saturday, the three-star defender announced that he had decided to follow former Wahoo assistant Chris Beatty to Syracuse. Ruff was cleared to enroll at UVa in January, but the the Florida native decided to join his lead recruiter at Beatty's new home.
Keep an eye on:
Though we are in a recruiting dead period, there are several things to keep an eye on before the action heats up again in January.
Beatty was responsible for a good portion of UVa's class of 2016, and he is no longer employed by the University. Will anyone else follow the former assistant to Syracuse?
Former head coach Mike London is now the associate head coach at Maryland. Will any of the current commits decide to follow London to Maryland? Moreover, will the Terps receive any UVa transfers?
East Carolina's loss is Virginia's gain. Former ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill is now on the staff at UVa. If Mendenhall was looking for somebody who is beloved by recruits and has plenty of east coast ties, he certainly found his man in McNeill. Can the new associate head coach help the Hoos get in late on some top regional prospects?