Welcome to another edition Recruiting Roundup! Today, we will provide an update on the class of 2016 following the Bronco Mendenhall hire.
A coaching change often results in turnover with the upcoming recruiting class. While most of UVa's 27 commits are either solid or playing the waiting game, three-star defensive back Nick Grant is currently reevaluating his options. On Tuesday afternoon, Taft Coghill of the Freelance Star tweeted that the in-state product had decommitted from UVa, but according to Courtland head coach J.C. Hall, Grant has not backed out of his commitment yet.
In Coghill's latest report, Grant is still committed to Virginia, but the 6-2, 180-pound athlete is "reopening the recruiting process." Coghill says that Grant has not heard from coach Mendenhall yet, which has caused the three-star athlete to grow uneasy. Coach Hall says that he has advised Grant to be patient with the process, and listen to who else is out there.
Grant originally committed to UVa back in April, shortly after receiving an offer from former head coach Mike London.
Interestingly enough, on the same day that the Grant news broke, fellow Courtland standout Victor Greene announced his intentions to decommit from Virginia Tech.
More on this as it develops.
Other Flight Risks:
Obviously, everything is still fluid right now, but there are four current pledges to keep an on at this time.
Osceola (Fl) running back Laderrien Wilson is reportedly looking into setting up an official visit to Georgia Tech in late January. The three-star 'back committed to Virginia several months ago. Georgia Tech has yet to offer, but the Jackets run the same offense as Wilson's high school team, so there is some intrigue there.
Shortly after helping his team to a third state championship victory, De Paul Catholic (Nj) athlete Hasise Dubois told Scout.com that will look to take other official visits. Dubois did not name any other schools, but the three-star wideout noted that he will focus more the recruiting process now that his high school career is over.
According to 247sports' Ryan Bartlow, new Syracuse defensive backs coach Nick Monroe conducted an in-home visit with UVa linebacker commit Kenneth Ruff of Dillard High School (Fl) on Tuesday night. Ruff will graduate from high school later this month and has been cleared to enroll at Virginia in January. If something is going to happen with Ruff's recruitment, it is going to need to take place in the next few weeks.
We told you last week to keep an eye on Florida wide receiver Neru N'Shaka. N'Shaka was considered a slight flight risk even before London was let go. The three-star speedster reportedly had an official visit scheduled to Toledo next month, but the Rockets also just underwent a coaching change themselves.
On Board With Bronco:
While the current commits will get a chance to speak with their new head coach in the coming weeks, many of the future Wahoos were excited about the change at the top.
Here is three-star running back Tre Harbison, who has already spoken with coach Mendenhall.
Virginia will do great things under coach Mendenhall— Blizzard ❄️ (@TreHarbison21) December 7, 2015
Here are some other reactions following the Mendenhall hire.
@Bronco_BYU Welcome to the family Coach Mendenhall! Big things coming #wahoowa #Cavaliers #UVa— Sonny Abramson (@SonnyAbramson) December 4, 2015
Wahoowa!— Stephen Spanellis (@Big_Spanellis78) December 4, 2015
The next era of @UVa_Football begins. Welcome @Bronco_BYU ! #Wahoowa— Matt terrell☃ (@IamMattTerrell) December 4, 2015
@Bronco_BYU congrats on getting the UVA Job! #GoHoos— Benjamin Knutson (@TheBenKnutson) December 4, 2015
Good day to be a wahoo #wahoowa— Jordan Mack (@JTmack4) December 4, 2015
Odds and Ends:
We expect most of the class to stay intact, but Mendenhall's decision to keep running backs coach Chris Beatty on the staff or not could be a deciding factor for some.
Speaking of Beatty, his former boss is now a member of the staff at the University of Maryland. Reports surfaced late last night that coach London had accepted an associate head coaching position at UMD, and the news was confirmed today. There is no doubt that new Terrapin head coach Dj Durkin is looking to recruit the Commonwealth, and he has brought in arguably the best guy to do it.
Check out this tweet from London today.
Blessed to become apart of the @MarylandPride family.. Go Terps!— Mike London (@CoachMikeLondon) December 9, 2015
Suffice to say, recruiting battles in the Commonwealth and the mid-Atlantic just became way more interesting.
That will do it for today's Recruiting Roundup. See ya!