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National Signing Day: UVA’s class of 2021 officially on board

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All 24 of Virginia’s previously announced commitments sign with Hoos

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The Virginia Cavaliers’ 2020 season may be over, but the Hoos are building for the future on National Signing Day.

All 24 of UVA’s previously announced commitments signed their letters of intent by late morning on Wednesday, the earliest possible time recruits could sign on the dotted line. The class stands between 25th and 30th nationally in most rankings, headlined by four-star in-state defensive lineman Bryce Carter.

Some of the quick-hit storylines of the class:

  • There are nine players from Virginia in the class, the highest ever for a Mendenhall signing class at UVA.
  • Carter becomes Mendenhall’s second highest-rated commit at UVA, per 247 Composite scores, trailing only Jowon Briggs. His path to Charlottesville has been winding: he was first offered as a member of the class of 2021 while at Thomas Dale, then reclassified to 2022, then transferred to Life Christian when the VHSL season got moved to spring, and finally reclassified back to 2021 to sign with UVA and start his college career.
  • Lorenz Terry has a somewhat similar story. Terry was a 2020 prospect originally but took a postgrad year at Fork Union Military Academy. His commitment held through his FUMA year to join UVA’s 2021 class.
  • Logan Taylor continues the international pipeline to Virginia, as the Canadian native played his high school ball at Episcopal. Taylor was also the first to sign today, with Nova Scotia being an hour ahead of Eastern time (players can sign at 7am local time wherever they are).
  • Two Charlottesville prospects are part of this year’s class: Jonas Sanker from Covenant and Malachi Fields from Monticello. They become the first Charlottesville-area signees since Western Albemarle’s Osiris Crutchfield in 2016.

Six of the 24 commits will enroll early (designated by ** in the chart below)—a higher number than in years past—including Texas dual-threat quarterback Jacob Rodriguez.

2021 UVA Football Signing Day

NAME POSITION HT. WR. HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL/PREVIOUS SCHOOL 247 Composite
NAME POSITION HT. WR. HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL/PREVIOUS SCHOOL 247 Composite
Aidan Ryan DB 6-1 185 Fredericksburg, Va. James Monroe HS 85.11
Amaad Foston ** RB 6-0 210 Milledgeville, Ga. John Milledgeville Academy 85.05
Bryce Carter DL 6-3 250 South Chesterfield, Va. Life Christian Academy 94.61
Charlie Patterson OL 6-7 285 Roswell, Ga. Fellowship Christian 85.26
Hugh Laughlin DL 6-5 280 Athens, Ga. Athens Academy 86.68
Jack Witmer TE 6-6 225 Cypress, Texas Cy-Fair HS 84.44
Jacob Rodriguez ** QB 6-1 200 Wichita Falls, Texas Rider HS 88.86
James Jackson ** OLB 6-3 200 Pulaski Va. North Cross HS 83.76
Javin Burke ** DB 6-0 195 South Chesterfield, Va. Life Christian Academy 85.52
Jay Woolfolk QB 5-11 190 Chesterfield, Va. Benedictine 85.97
Jesiah Davis WR 6-3 180 Huntersville, N.C. Hough HS 85.52
Jonas Sanker DB 6-0 185 Charlottesville, Va. The Covenant School 84.43
Josh McCarron OLB 6-4 215 Mukilteo, Wash. Archbishop Murphy HS 88.91
Langston Long ** ILB 6-2 215 Woodbridge, Va. Christ School (N.C.) 84.85
Logan Taylor ** OL 6-7 295 Bridgewater, N.S. Episcopal HS (Va.) 89.46
Lorenz Terry DL 6-5 260 Sandston, Va. Varina HS/Fork Union Military Academy 84.5
Malachi Fields WR 6-4 205 Keswick, Va. Monticello HS 82.62
Micah Gaffney DB 6-0 170 Spanish Fort, Ala. Spanish Fort HS 85.05
Michael Diatta DL 6-5 265 Antioch, Tenn. Cane Ridge HS 85.93
Mike Green OLB 6-4 215 Williamsburg, Va. Lafayette HS 86.48
Noah Josey OL 6-5 280 Brentwood, Tenn. Brentwood Academy 88.5
Ty Furnish OL 6-4 250 Woodstock, Ga. Blessed Trinity Catholic 85.4
West Weeks ILB 6-2 205 Watkinsville, Ga. Oconee County HS 85.79
William Simpkins III DB 6-1 170 Gaithersburg, Md. Quince Orchard HS 83.9
2021 UVA Football Signing Day

We will update this list with any surprise additions later in the day. Below you can find highlights for all 24 new Hoos.

Aidan Ryan

Amaad Foston

Bryce Carter

Charlie Patterson

Hugh Laughlin

Jack Witmer

Jacob Rodriguez

James Jackson

Javin Burke

Jay Woolfolk

Jesiah Davis

Jonas Sanker

Josh McCarron

Langston Long

Logan Taylor

Lorenz Terry

Malachi Fields

Micah Gaffney

Michael Diatta

Mike Green

Noah Josey

Ty Furnish

West Weeks

William Simpkins III