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VIDEO: Bronco Mendenhall discusses Virginia football recruiting at end of national signing day

Graduate transfers and Hawaiian pipeline among topics of coach’s remarks

NCAA Football: ACC Kickoff Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

In his annual national signing day press conference, Virginia Cavaliers football coach Bronco Mendenhall recapped the players UVA added since the early signing period, and discussed the status of the class overall.

You can see the full video here:

Bronco Mendenhall Signing Day Press Conference

Coach Mendenhall LIVE recapping the 2018 signing class!

Posted by Virginia Football on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Some highlights:

  • Graduate transfer Marcus Applefield submitted his signed grant-in-aid letter during a brief break from his internship with the New Jersey state police. Applefield has an interest in criminal justice, and is working to catch child pornographers.
  • Look for UVA to add a graduate transfer defensive lineman later in the spring. From Mendenhall’s comments, there’s usually turnover in programs after spring ball when guys get a better sense of their standing on the depth chart.
  • Positive news on where Bryce Perkins and Brennan Armstrong are. New strength coach Shawn Griswold waxed poetic on Perkins’ physical gifts, so great to hear that his leadership and grasp of the offense are on pace too.
  • The discussion of how the coaches have maintained and built on their previous ties to Hawaii is very telling about the ethos in the McCue Center. “Previous relationships with established trust” have been the key there, according to Mendenhall. “Trust mitigates distance,” and his coaches have built trust with families in Hawaii over a number of years.