It is still early, but we may need to hand out the award for the "best name in the class of 2016." On Monday afternoon, Florida wide receiver Neru N'Shaka announced on Twitter that he had committed to the Virginia football program.
The Cavaliers offered the three-star back on May 16th, joining Bowling Green, Pittsburgh, Old Dominion, and Northern Illinois in the "N'Shaka sweepstakes." (Man that was fun to say out loud.)
Ohio State, Wisconsin, and West Virginia have shown interest in Virginia's newest pledge in the past, but none had pulled the trigger on an offer yet.
New running backs coach Chris Beatty helped the Hoos pull this one off. Beatty was on N'Shaka when the former was still at Wisconsin, and he helped the Orange and Blue get this done rather quickly.
As seen in the film above, N'Shaka has tremendous speed and is able to gain separation from opposing secondaries. N'Shaka is far from the biggest wide receiver out there, but what he lacks in size, he makes up for in speed.
In the past few cycles, UVa has geared more towards bigger receivers, and the 5-10, 180 pound speedster will be a nice compliment to the taller guys already in the fold. Virginia will graduate two of its fastest wideouts in Dominique Terrell and T.J. Thorpe this fall, creating a potential early opportunity for N'Shaka to see the field.
Don't look now, but Virginia is quietly putting together a solid offensive class for the class of 2016. UVa now has three wide receivers to go along with highly touted quarterback Sonny Abramson. Glen Allen native Cole Blackman is a terrific possession receiver and is extremely underrated. Randolph Henry High School standout Joseph Reed is a top-100 wideout according to Rivals.com, and has a solid all-around game.