Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today, we will take a look back at some of the visitors from the past week, and update you on some things to look out for in the near future.
Williams Visits UVa:
From the moment Shaka Smart accepted the offer to become the new head coach of Texas, many Virginia fans wondered what would become of Kenny Williams. The prized VCU signee has since been released from his letter of intent, and is now re-evaluating his options.
After taking an official visit to UNC over the weekend, Williams was on grounds yesterday for an unofficial. Williams' relationship with Tony Bennett and company has been an interesting one. UVa would have loved to have been able to offer Williams at the beginning of the cycle, but the Hoos only had one scholarship to work with for 2015, and that was going to a big no matter what. With Justin Anderson and B.J. Stith gone from the program, there is a need for a shooter, and as seen in the video above, Williams can shot the rock.
In addition to the Hoos and the Heels, Michigan, Florida, and Louisville will attempt to enter the Williams sweepstakes. This one could take another month before everything sorts out.
All Hail the King:
With the staff in hot pursuit of Williams and the possibility of adding a transfer if an attractive one hits the market, the Hoos have a chance to make some noise for 2015. However, with two scholarships available for the next cycle, Bennett and company are hard at work with the class of 2016.
Over the weekend, Virginia welcomed blue chip small forward V.J. King to Charlottesville, and the Paul VI standout tweeted out his excitement following the visit. Obviously there is plenty of competition here, but the Hoos have made strides in this recruiting battle. While one of the two remaining 'ships for 2016 will go to a big man, the Cavaliers would love to add an athletic wing to go a long with an already impressive class.
Between King, Markelle Fultz, and Joshua Langford, the Hoos have plenty of top guys interested.
Spring Game Visitors:
While the spring game is basically a glorified scrimmage, it does give football programs a chance to welcome in young talent for a recruiting Saturday in the off season, and the Wahoos hosted quite a few targets for 2016 and beyond.
Offensive linemen Josh Ball and Zach Adams headlined the list of 2015 signees and '16 and '17 recruits. Ball is widely regarded as the top OL in the state of Virginia for 2016, and made yet another trip to grounds over the weekend. The Stafford standout has nearly 20 college offers, including a recent one from Florida State.
UVa was the first school to offer Adams, but the three-star lineman has seen his recruitment blow out in the last coupe of days. Adams has picked up offers from both Maryland and illinois on Monday and Tuesday respectively. The Riverbend standout will certainly see his offer list grow, but UVa should have some staying power in this one.
Decision Date Announced:
Speaking of quality lineman, Woodberry Forest four-star tackle Clark Yarbrough will announce his decision on May 21st. Yarbrough will choose between finalists, UVa, Clemson, Duke, Florida, and Stanford. Yarbrough has been to Charlottesville plenty, but is also coming off of impressive visits to both Clemson and Stanford. We've covered UVa's cold streak at Woodberry to death, and this would be an excellent chance to break it. Seeing as how Yarbrough is a Wahoo legacy and that Virginia is in dire need of quality lineman, Yarbrough is a must get for the class of 2016.
Last night, UVa extended an offer to 2016 Courtland High School WR/FS Nick Grant. Grant visited Charlottesville for junior day back in February, and finally received the news he was waiting for on Tuesday. Virginia is the first FBS school to offer the in-state star, but that list will certainly grow throughout the camp circuit and the high school football season. Grant is an excellent student, so look for UVa's academic reputation to be a strong suit here.
That will do it for today. Programing note, we will be moving this feature to Mondays starting next week. See ya!