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Commitment! Virginia football lands Florida running back LaDerrien Wilson

STL profiles's UVa's 24th commit of the class of 2016.

Though he did not commit on his official visit last week, many close to the Virginia football program felt that it was only a matter of time before Florida running back LaDerrien Wilson pulled the trigger.

As it turned out, the wait only lasted eight days.

On Sunday night, the three-star running back provided the good news many were waiting for, and committed to the Orange and Blue.

Wilson selected UVa over offers from in-state schools, Florida State, Miami, and UCF, along with Duke, Iowa State, and several other FBS programs. The 5-10, 205-pound running back is a consensus three-star recruit across the many online services.

Wilson is a powerful runner, who as seen on the film above, rarely goes down after the first hit. Already weighing 205 pounds, Wilson is bigger than many opposing linebackers and defensive backs, and can lower his shoulder to lay the lumber. Wilson has tremendous lower body strength, and can stay on his feet if a defender attempts to bring him down high. While Wilson is mostly known as a powerful runner, the future Wahoo has plenty of speed, and can finish off a play in the end zone once he breaks through a defense. Wilson will join forces with fellow running back commit Tre Harbison to form quite a 1-2 punch in the backfield for years to come.

As a junior, Wilson rushed for over 1,900 yards, and scored 29 touchdowns.

UVa assistant coach Chris Beatty deserves a major shout out here. in addition to helping the Wahoos close out the class of 2015 and bring in Connor Brewer, Beatty has been on a tear in 2016. Wilson marks the eighth verbal commit secured by Beatty, as Virginia's new running back's coach has helped the Cavaliers make big-time inroads in schools all across the east coast.