While the Virginia football team has added several quality recruits on offense, the class of 2016 was sorely missing the big uglies.
At the beginning of the week, things were a little shaky, with just one offensive lineman on board for this cycle.
Fast-forward three days, and the Wahoos are in excellent shape up front.
After picking up a pair of offensive line commits on Monday and Tuesday respectively, the Wahoos hit the triple crown on Wednesday night.
Shortly after naming UVa his leader, three-star offensive tackle Grayson Stover became the 17th member of Virginia's class of 2016.
Stover selected the Wahoos over offers from Iowa State, Indiana, Rutgers, and South Florida among others.
The Hudson Florida native brings tremendous size to the offensive line position, and fits in perfectly with the three big uglies already on board. The 6-3, 293 pound tackle can be described as a "mauler", who just dwarfs everybody in his presence. In 2014, Stover's team averaged over 28 points a game, thanks in large part to its' star tackle's ability to push people around. Stover's near 300-pound frame makes him a dominant force at the point of attack, and can even take on two lineman at once at times, as seen in the video above.
We cannot stress enough how important this week has been for the program. Stover's addition makes it four offensive linemen for the class of 2016. The Wahoos were looking to take five linemen in this class, and the Orange and Blue already have four on board in the middle of the summer. We really like the OLs that the Hoos have in the fold, particularly Stover and Gilman School standout Stephen Spanellis, who committed on Tuesday. Stover and Spanellis will make a lethal one-two punch at tackle, who's size could rival many opposing lines.
Once again, kudos to assistant coach Chris Beatty for pulling this one off. Beatty has been on an absolute tear since being hired by UVa this past winter. From helping close out the class of 2015, to building a dominant offensive line, to convincing a former four-star quarterback to transfer to UVa, it's safe to say that Beatty has made an impact in his first few months on the job.