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Virginia Football reels in commitment from linebacker and Wahoo legacy Landan Word

The D.C. 'backer carries on the family tradition

The University of Virginia football program received its fourth commitment for the class of 2016 on Saturday morning. Landan Word, son of former UVa and NFL running back Barry Word became the latest rising senior to commit to the Orange and Blue.

The younger Word selected the Wahoos over offers from Boston College, Pittsburgh, UConn, Temple, and Old Dominion.

The Washington D.C. native is rated three stars by 247 and a two-star by Rivals.

Word is a 6-3, 215 pound linebacker, who also plays fullback for Bishop O'Connell. As seen in his film above, Word excels at closing a gap and is a sure tackler in the open field. Though Word is being recruited as a linebacker, the junior is a capable blocker coming out of the offensive backfield.

Virginia is short on starting experience, but the Cavaliers boast a couple of upperclassmen in its linebacker corps. Incumbent outside linebackers Zach Bradshaw and Mark Hall will both be seniors by the time Word arrives on grounds. The Hoos did sign several 'backers in the class of 2015, but Word will certainly have an opportunity to compete for playing time.

Word joins quarterback Sonny Abramson and wideouts Cole Blackman and Joseph Reed in UVa's class of 2016.