Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today, we will highlight a major honor given to several members of the basketball recruiting class, and provide an update on Bronco Mendenhall's first recruiting class at Virginia.
The 2016 Virginia basketball recruiting class has earned many accolades in the past year, and 75 percent of the signees received a tremendous honor earlier this winter.
Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, and DeAndre Hunter have all been nominated for the 2016 McDonald's All-American Game, and the future Hoos will learn their respective fates this weekend. The final 24-man rosters will be announced on Sunday, January 17 at 10:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
The game itself will take place on March 30 at the United Center in Chicago.
With the latest news surrounding Jerome's upcoming hip surgery, the New York native is obviously out of the running, but both Guy and Hunter will be glued to the television on Sunday night. The latter two are enjoying successful high school basketball seasons thus far in 2016.
Former UVa guard Sylven Landesberg was the last Wahoo basketball player to take part in the McDonald's All-American Game.
Dead Period Over:
Switching over to football, where the NCAA mandated "dead period" ends tonight at midnight. Starting tomorrow, the new Virginia staff can visit commits and prospects in person for the first time.
With so many new faces to the East coast on the staff, expect Mendenhall and company to hit road hard in the coming days.
New Quarterback Recruit?
Coach Mendenhall could be closing in on his first commit as the head coach of UVa. Allentown (PA) duel threat quarterback De'Vante Cross picked up an offer from Mendenhall and Virginia last month, and there has been a lot of smoke regarding the Keystone State native's push towards the Orange and Blue.
A former Boston College commit, Cross will take an official visit to grounds on the weekend of January 23rd, along with much of the rest of UVa's 2016 recruiting class. The 6-foot-1, 184-pound Cross holds offers from Syracuse and Virginia Tech in addition to the Wahos.
If Cross' visit goes as planned, this one could wrap up quickly in Virginia's favor.
Back in Play?
We will caution folks to not get their hopes up about this one, but 247 sports is reporting that FSU commit offensive lineman Josh Ball will take an official visit to Charlottesville on the weekend of the 23rd. Ball committed to FSU several months ago, but the Virginia native has a preexisting relationship with the new UVa staff while they were at BYU.
While getting the four-star lineman to grounds could be a game-changer, we wouldn't be surprised if the visit never happens. Ball will take his official visit to Tallahassee this weekend, and there is a decent chance that the FSU staff will sure things up with the talented prospect.
More on this and many other notes related to the big official visit weekend next Wednesday.
That will do it for this week's edition of Recruiting Roundup. See ya!