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National top-100 recruit Jowon Briggs just committed to Virginia football

Yes, you read that correctly

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Friday, June 22, 2018.

Mark that date as one where the Virginia Cavaliers football program may have turned the corner under Bronco Mendenhall.

Fast on the heels of a commitment from four-star linebacker Hunter Stewart, UVA picked up another pledge from the best player yet in the Mendenhall era: defensive tackle Jowon Briggs from Cincinnati.

Briggs is among the top defensive tackles and overall players in the country. 247 rates him a four-star, the 6th best defensive tackle, and #105 overall in the country. Rivals says four-star, 2nd best DT, and 57th nationally. ESPN? Four-star, 11th best DT, 86th nationally.

UVA landed Briggs’ commitment over Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, among others.

At 6-foot-2, Briggs has the stout frame you want for an interior defensive lineman. He’ll obviously bulk up once an FBS strength and nutrition program is in his corner, but he starts from a very solid 280 pounds. Briggs is explosive off the snap and plays under enough control to read things like screens and options, staying at home to make plays.

According to the 247 Composite, Briggs’ commitment jumped the UVA class of 2019 up 4 spots in the ACC and 12 spots nationwide. He becomes the 4th highest rated commitment in the ACC so far for his class.

With the Hoos’ well documented need for immediate playable depth along the defensive lines, there’s plenty of room for Virginia’s own Ben Smiley to commit alongside Briggs to form a dynamic D-line duo in Charlottesville.