Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today, we will break down additions, subtractions, and everything else related to University of Virginia recruiting.
Obviously, the biggest news coming out of this was was the decommitment of 2016 forward Sacha Killeya-Jones. SKJ has been a wanted man ever since his he decided to reopen his options. The four-star forward has since picked up an offer from Florida, and has heard from a number of other schools, including Kentucky.
Virginia is obviously still an option, but it would unwise to hold out hope for SKJ landing in Charlottesville. Killeya-Jones' decommitment took the Cavalier coaching staff by surprise. That very same staff just wrapped up back-to-back 30 win seasons, and is not in the position to hold on and wait for anybody. Between Tyler Cook, Wenyen Gabriel, and a certain somebody from the Blue Ridge School, there are plenty of front court options out there.
Diakite a baseball fan?
Just in case you have been living under a rock for the last two years, that certain somebody from the Blue Ridge School is Mamadi Diakite. Diakite has been to grounds many times, but his latest visit was different from all of the rest. On Saturday afternoon, the 6-9 big man was in attendance for UVa baseball's Super Regional triumph over Maryland.
While Diakite may not know very much about baseball, the four-star forward knows plenty about the Virginia program. The Wahoos are viewed as the heavy favorite, with Washington, USC, and possibly Louisville running behind.
Interestingly enough, Virginia's biggest threat in the Diakite sweepstakes, Washington may have done the Wahoos a favor. Over the weekend the Huskies received a commitment from 2015 big man, former UVa target/Georgetown commit/Florida commit Noah Dickerson. Dickerson is UW's eighth, that's right eighth verbal for the class of 2015. With eight scholarships going to the class of 2015, including a player like Dickerson, the Huskies may very well be out of room for Diakite.
Howard is a Hoo:
On Sunday afternoon, the Virginia football program received a verbal commitment from 2016 wide receiver Aidan Howard. We touched on this plenty yesterday, but to recap, Howard is a tall lanky receiver, with a ton of upside. His 6-4 frame and basketball background makes him an ideal candidate for a jump-ball threat in the red zone. Once he adds about 20-30 pounds of bulk, we expect Howard to be a good one.
Other visitors in the house:
Virginia hosted a number of big name targets over the weekend with 2016 safety Eric Burrell, and 2018 future-five star running back Ricky Slade headlining the list. Slade already features an impressive offer list, despite the fact that he has three more years of high school. You will here plenty about him in the future.
Ball to Florida State:
Arguably the top offensive lineman in the state is heading outside the commonwealth for college. On Friday, 2016 Stafford OT Josh Ball committed to Florida State. Virginia was one of many schools in Ball's top 15, but the four-star tackle picked the Noles, as expected.
Ball is the latest top recruit to leave the state of Virginia. According to Rivals.com's Virginia postseason top 40 list, the top seven committed players in VA have committed to out of state schools (including to two Duke!)
While that is a disturbing trend in and of itself, it is even more troubling considering the state of UVa's offensive line recruiting. With the top three offensive lineman in the state off the board and only one committed to Virginia so far the Wahoos will need to cast a wider net in the trenches.
That will do it for this week's Recruiting Roundup! See ya!