If you’re a Virginia Cavaliers football coach right now, you’re having a pretty good weekend. After two sought-after prospects committed to Virginia yesterday—kicker Hunter Pearson and wide receiver Ugo Obasi—an offensive lineman from the Sunshine State added his pledge to the Hoos this morning.
Martin Weisz, an offensive tackle from The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, picked UVA over offers from Kentucky, hometown schools Florida Atlantic and Florida International, and most of the Ivy League. He’s rated 3 stars by Scout and Rivals, with a 3-star rating in the 247 Composite.
At 6’6 and 300 pounds (275 according to 247Sports, but 305 according to Scout and 295 on Rivals), Weisz fits the size mold that Virginia has been recruiting along the O-line. He’s got very active feet when he engages a defender, but needs to improve the violence of his hand strikes; you can see a couple instances where he makes first contact with his arms already extended, but overcomes that deficiency by being bigger, stronger, and moving the rest of his frame together underneath him. Weisz’s pass protection could also use some work, as you can see in the video from Rivals below.
He starts kind of high in his stance, and at least in this film looked a little wooden responding to lateral movement by the defender. Bottom line though: he’s big, he’s strong, he’s smart, and he’s got some good baseline technique that, once improved, could make for a quality ACC lineman.
Weisz is the fourth offensive lineman commit for 2018 (including current TE/lineman-to-be Bobby Haskins), which means there are probably one or two spots remaining. With the way things have been going on the recruiting trail this week, UVA could fill that up in time for Sunday brunch.