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Virginia’s future football center is already raising eyebrows in recruiting

Bronco Mendenhall is ready, and so are prospective Wahoos.

NCAA Football: Louisville at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Cavaliers’ athletic department has begun one of its most ambitious undertakings to date, a so-called master plan that provides for (among other things) the building of a football-specific building to accommodate and accelerate the resurgence of the UVA program. Cavaliers head coach Bronco Mendenhall can’t be more ready for the process to begin.

Mendenhall said on his radio show Tuesday night that his excitement level is “off the charts” after the Board of Visitors approved the construction of the building last week. Mendenhall continued by praising the high-octane efforts of first-year athletic director Carla Williams and her vigor in re-establishing the Hoos as regular ACC contenders.

“Having an athletic director that sees the value of football not only from a branding standpoint, certainly from a financial standpoint, but really the benefit of the student-athlete, giving the young people their best chance to succeed,” he said.

Mendenhall said that the football operations center “sends a very clear message to anyone in college football that football matters at UVA” and that the planned facility is already having a positive impact on the recruiting trail.

“And so we have an uptick in intrigue [and] on the recruiting front, it’s known, it’s recognized and with the way we’re playing it’s generating momentum”, Mendenhall said.

“And it will continue to as long as the things that are talked about come to fruition — we raise the funds as well as playing well so all those things have to keep happening to maximize the benefit.”