In July 2014, former Western Albemarle place kicker Holland Corbett committed to the University of Virginia as a walk-on. Looking to earn a scholarship to UVa, the Central Virginia native enrolled at Fork Union Military Academy this fall.
The move paid off… literally
Shortly after receiving the illusive offer, Corbett committed to the Orange and Blue on Sunday night.
Corbett had been drawing heavy interest from several FBS programs, including Alabama over the years. The former Warrior standout travelled to Tuscaloosa for a camp last summer, and had a great relationship with the Bama staff. The Crimson Tide continued to recruit Corbett, and were close to extending an offer, but in the end, the six-foot, 170-pound kicker elected to go with his childhood favorite team.
Corbett grew up attending games at Scott Stadium, and will now have the opportunity to take the field in front of all of his family and friends on a weekly basis.
The Crozet native earned First Team All-Central Virginia honors in both 2013 and 2014. Corbett was a virtual lock to boot it into the end zone on every kickoff. Under VHSL rules, return men are not allowed to return kicks out of the end zone, so needless to say, Corbett gave many teams fits during his time at Western Albemarle.
While it is unusual to spend a scholarship on a kicker, anybody who has watched Corbett play in Central Virginia knows that this is a no-brainer. Corbett is an excellent placekicker, and will join the program at a critical time. With Ian Frye moving on following the 2015 season, Corbett will have a chance to start as a freshman in 2016.
Corbett is the 23rd member of Virginia's class of 2016.