Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today, we will update you on a basketball visitor from last weekend, and a key football target at a key position.
Last weekend, head coach Tony Bennett and company hosted 2016 Dematha standout Markelle Fultz, and the four-star shooting guard left Charlottesville with an offer. Fultz (see video above) has seen his recruitment sky rocket as of late. The 6-4, wing also picked up offers from Kansas and Florida State in the last few days.
UVa has (at least) two scholarships to work with for the class of 2016. One of those available will definitely go to a big man, but expect the Hoos to try to add a versatile wing to the already talented class. Virginia is also in the running for four-star wing Joshua Langford from Alabama. Obviously there is a ton of competition for both, but either Fultz or Langford would fit perfectly in the class of 2016.
The Shaka Effect:
The annual tradition known as "Shaka Watch" finally came to an end last Thursday when the former VCU coach left to become the head whistle at Texas. He hasn't even been on the job for a week, but Smart has made it very clear that he intends to recruit the state of Virginia. Shortly after being hired, Smart extended offers to Saint Anne's Belfield 2016 big man Javin Montgomery Delaurier, and 2017 Maury point guard Matt Coleman. The Hoos have not offered the STAB standout yet, but Bennett and company have been evaluating him all season. The Coleman offer is big in that the sophomore point guard is viewed as a significant recruit for the class of 2017, especially with the graduation of London Perrantes that year.
While UVa and UNC are the early favorites, it would be unwise to count out the new Texas head coach. Smart often connected with top recruits at VCU, but had a tough time gaining real traction against the Power 5 schools. It will be interesting to see what kind of momentum Smart can create now that he is at a big-time program.
Taylor to Florida State:
Switching gears to football, where 2016 Ocean Lakes cornerback Levonta Taylor is now off the board. The five-star defensive back committed to Florida State last Friday night. The Hoos were considered among the favorites for awhile, but had slipped in the past year. Great get for FSU.
In the Top Group:
While Virginia missed out on Taylor, the Hoos made the top group for another key 2016 target. Woodberry Forest offensive tackle Clark Yarbrough announced his top five schools on Monday. Virginia, along with Clemson, Duke, Florida, and Stanford made up Yarbrough's top group. The Cavaliers were the first school in the top five to offer the four-star tackle, and Yarbrough is a UVa legacy. Seeing as how he is so close to the program and that the Hoos are in dire need of quality offensive lineman, Yarbrough as a can't miss recruit for the class of 2016.
Speaking of Woodberry Forest, Virginia extended an offer to sophomore tight end John Kirven last week. The 6-6, 240 pound athlete is of course the younger brother of current UVa basketball player Caid Kirven. Woodberry Forest has not been kind to the football program in the past, but the Cavaliers are looking to reverse that trend in a big way in the next two classes. The Hoos have offered Yarbrough in 2016, plus Kirven and quarterback Lindell Stone for 2017.
That will do it for this week's edition of Recruiting Roundup! See ya!