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Mekhi Becton heads out of Virginia, chooses Louisville

NCAA Football: Virginia at Virginia Tech Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia’s frenzied recruitment of stud in-state lineman Mekhi Becton ended with an unexpected twist: the big man heading out of the Commonwealth altogether.

UVA had been thought to be the front-runner for Becton until the very end, when he took official visits to Michigan, Louisville, and Virginia Tech without coming to Charlottesville. Some Hoo fans—this one included—were worried that not only would Becton not choose UVA, but he’d end up in Blacksburg.

Instead, Becton announced today that he’ll be playing his college football in Kentucky for the Louisville Cardinals.