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COMMITMENT! Dual-threat quarterback Jay Woolfolk picks Virginia

Benedictine product commits to UVA on the gridiron and the diamond

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

Well that was fast.

Just a few hours after the Virginia Cavaliers picked up their first 2021 commitment in defensive tackle Terion Sugick, the other side of the ball got into the action with a commitment from Jay Woolfolk of Richmond.

Woolfolk runs the offense for Benedictine, leading the Cadets to the VISAA Division 1 state title this season. At 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, Woolfolk is rated three stars by 247 and Rivals; Rivals pegs him as the #17 recruit in Virginia for 2021. His football offer list included Marshall and UMass.

The key phrase there is “football offer list,” as Woolfolk is also a dynamite baseball recruit. Perfect Game pegs Woolfolk as a potential early-round pick, with a fastball that consistently hits the low 90s and a “dynamic” slider. According to multiple reports following Woolfolk’s commitment, he has the opportunity to play both football and baseball for the Hoos.

That baseball talent shines through on his football film, with the casual arm strength that is such a help to improvising, scrambling mobile quarterbacks. Woolfolk also shows touch when he takes something off the velocity to go deep, although the accuracy could stand to improve. As a runner, there is a good combination of patience to let blocks develop, wiggle to throw off attack angles, and breakaway speed in the open field. Adding bulk will help Woolfolk become a game-changer in the run game.

UVA’s quarterback succession planning is setting up well. Brennan Armstrong is set to follow Bryce Perkins starting the 2020 season, with three years of eligibility. Ira Armstead arrives in this recruiting class, with Woolfolk following the year after. By the time Armstrong would graduate after the 2022 season, Virginia will have two quarterbacks behind him with at least one year in the system and at least two seasons of eligibility remaining.