As noon approaches in Charlottesville—meaning it’s past 7 AM in every part of the continental U.S.—the Virginia Cavaliers have done the bulk of the work to close out their 2020 class on signing day.
Virginia has held onto its own
Eleven of UVA’s twelve committed players have signed. The lone holdout is Lorenz Terry; reports are that Terry is still committed and fully expected to sign in February, pending some final eligibility clearances.
Defensive back Bud Clark officially switched to TCU, a development that was widely expected for the past several weeks.
What’s up Bud!! Another #BootBoy is ready to shine in The Carter. Welcome home, @ClarkJadarius... #TCU20for20 #NSD20 pic.twitter.com/74i7TjQRxm— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) December 18, 2019
Elsewhere in Louisiana, despite some late drama, Donovan Johnson held firm to his commitment to Virginia and has signed with the Hoos.
We’ve also learned who the early enrollees will be. The official account for UVA football tweeted that Johnson, tight end Joshua Rawlings, and quarterback Ira Armstead will all enroll in January.
North Carolina wide receiver Devin Chandler ended up picking Wisconsin over UVA.
It's happening! @DevinKChandler is officially a part of the Badger family!— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) December 18, 2019
• Three-star recruit by 247 Sports
• First-team all-conference as a senior in 2019 pic.twitter.com/kYSUuVg5qY
Wide receiver Rakim Jarrett—the nation’s #20 overall recruit and #2 wide receiver—unexpectedly flipped his commitment from LSU to Maryland, giving Mike Locksley a five-star cornerstone in the Terps’ 2020 class. The fallout for UVA is that Jarrett’s departure from LSU makes Koy Moore’s spot in the Tigers’ class more secure, weakening Virginia’s chances at pulling the four-star away.
The remaining prospects we’ll be keeping an eye on this afternoon:
- Alex Huntley, DT - currently committed to South Carolina
- Demon Clowney, LB - currently committed to LSU
- Jonathan Horton, DL/LB - not currently committed
- James Pogorelc, OT - not currently committed
- Olasunkonmi Agunloye, DL - not currently committed
Straight from the Bronco’s mouth
Coach Mendenhall addresses the media regarding the recruiting class at 1 PM Eastern. We will have coverage of that—as well as analysis of where the class stands and what needs remain—throughout the afternoon and evening.