Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today, we will break down Virginia's three latest pledges, and let you know what else is going down in the world of UVa recruiting.
Knutson, Trainer commit:
Last night while the STL staff was off busy enjoying Memorial Day cookouts and whatnot, 2016 offensive tackle Ben Knutson committed to the Wahoos. Knutson, who picked up a Virginia offers earlier this month, became the ninth member of the class of 2016, after visiting the Hook on Friday. The 6-8, 270 pound offensive tackle selected UVa over offers form Illinois, Indiana, Pittsburgh, and Purdue among others.
Knutson is a two-way lineman for Penn High School in Mishawaka (In), but his athletic frame makes him the perfect fit on the offensive line at the next level. Virginia's class of 2016 is made up of primarily offensive skill players thus far, so adding a lineman was essential, especially at this stage. More on the OL situation later.
On Friday, the Cavaliers received a pledge by in-state tight end Andrew Trainer. We touched plenty on the 6-7, 240 tight end when he committed, but in case you missed it… Trainer is a three-star TE with offers from numerous FBS programs, including NC State, Pittsburgh, and Wake Forest.
With Virginia graduating Rob Burns and Charlie Hopkins this year, the Wahoos will be extremely thin at tight end in 2016. Fortunately, UVa recruited the tight end position heavily in the last couple of cycles.
State of the Line:
Well, you win some, you lose some. Last week, Woodberry Forest offensive lineman Clark Yarbrough committed to Stanford. The Cavaliers were in Yarbrough's final five schools, but the four-star tackle elected to go with the Cardinal. Yarbrough was arguably the top offensive lineman on the board, and seeing that he is a UVa legacy, this one stings for the Orange and Blue. Virginia will look to snap its LONG losing streak at Woodberry Forest next year with quarterback Lindell Stone and tight end John Kirven.
While the UVa missed out with Yarbrough, the Wahoos are still in it with one of their top OL targets. Last week, four-star offensive tackle Josh Ball released his top 15, and the Cavaliers made the cut. Ball's top group consists of Alabama, Duke, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, Ole Miss, NC State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
While a top 15 seems like a lot it this point, it basically cuts his offer list in half. Look out for the Mountaineers in this one.
Huff is a Hoo:
Last Thursday night, 2016 power forward Jay Huff committed to the Virginia basketball program. Like Trainer, we touched on Huff shortly after he committed. To recap, the 6-10 forward is the fourth member of the class of 2016, joining Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, and Sacha Killeya-Jones. Because of his size and ability to shoot three-pointers, many have compared UVa's newest pledge to former Wisconsin big man Frank Kiminsky.
While Huff's shooting is certainly on par with the reining B1G Conference Player of the Year, his size is not. At 190 pounds, Huff will need to hit the weight room hard in the next few years. The stretch-four brings something to the table that no other big man on the roster does, but he is definitely a redshirt candidate. Look for Mike Curtis to work his magic with this new intriguing piece to the puzzle.
Louisville Making a Move on Diakite?
While the battle for Blue Ridge big man Mamadi Diakite appeared to be a three-team race between UVa, Wisconsin, and USC, a fourth school could be making a move. In a recent article by CardinalAuthority.com, the 2016 standout said that ACC rival Louisville is making a push to get involved in the race for his services. Diakite recently checked out Virginia, as well as USC and Washington. Could a visit to Louisville be in the works? If so, this could be trouble.
The Cardinals have seemingly taking Kansas' place as a thorn in Tony Bennett's side on the recruiting trial. In addition to possibly making a move with Diakite, Louisville is the team to beat for 2016 wing V.J. King.
That will do it for this week's roundup. See ya