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Virginia football recruiting: Cavaliers pick up commitment from Lindell Stone, one of nation's top QBs

Stone represents biggest get yet for Mendenhall and staff

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One of the nation's top centers, Tyler Fannin, committed to Virginia last week. Today, the UVA family added a player for Fannin to snap the ball to: quarterback Lindell Stone from Woodberry Forest picked Virginia as his destination for college ball.

Stone is rated four stars by 247, and three stars by ESPN, Scout and Rivals. At 6'2, 205, he has size somewhere between the dual-threat mold and the pro-style mold, but most of the recruiting services have analyzed him as a pro-style. 247 rates him their 9th best pro-style QB in the country. His other offers included Maryland, Ole Miss, Pitt, and UCLA.

There is a LOT to like about Stone's tape. His footwork is active and precise: his feet show him going through his progressions and re-setting his base each time. His arm strength isn't off the charts, but there's enough zip to get through some small windows. The accuracy is remarkable—open receivers become wide open, and wide open receivers become touchdowns. He throws well on the run, including rolling to his left. No one is going to confuse him with Michael Vick but he is a shifty and tough runner who makes good decisions on read plays.

He may not be a Thorterback but Stone is a very solid quarterback with enough athleticism to give his offensive coordinator plenty of play-calling options.