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COMMITMENT! Virginia lands blue-chip offensive tackle Andrew Gentry

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National top-100 player picks UVA over BYU, Michigan

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Christmas came early for the Virginia Cavaliers football team, as Colorado offensive tackle Andrew Gentry announced he’s joining the Hoos’ 2020 recruiting class.

Gentry is rated 60th overall in the class by the 247 Composite, and a top-10 offensive tackle by both 247 and Rivals. A product of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, Gentry was reportedly considering BYU and Michigan as his two other finalists. More than 30 schools had extended an offer, including Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State, and Oklahoma.

Suffice to say, offensive line coach Garrett Tujague was happy to welcome his new charge to UVA:

It remains to be seen whether Gentry will arrive on Grounds with his other classmates, as there is a good chance he takes an LDS mission. That calling may delay his start at UVA, or may interrupt his time after a season getting acclimated with the program.

Either way, Gentry becomes the highest-rated commit of the Mendenhall era per the 247 Composite, just edging out Jowon Briggs last year.

At 6-foot-8 and weighing more than 300 pounds already, Gentry has an unquestionable NFL-caliber frame. He finishes blocks, using his superior size, strength, and athleticism to completely overwhelm defenders.

The early signing period opens on Wednesday, December 18th.