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COMMITMENT! In-state safety Aidan Ryan chooses Virginia football

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Fredericksburg product gives Hoos a baker’s dozen of 2021 commits

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While some parts of the East Coast saw snow flurries this weekend, Charlottesville continued experiencing the flurry of commitments to the Virginia Cavaliers football program as Aidan Ryan announced his plans to play for UVA.

Ryan—a 6-foot, 190-pound defensive back—hails from James Monroe High School in Fredericksburg. He is the Hoos’ fourth commitment from the Commonwealth this cycle, joining quarterback Jay Woolfolk (Richmond), linebacker Michael Green (Williamsburg), and wide receiver Malachi Fields (Charlottesville). Ryan is a three-star on both 247 and Rivals; his 247 Composite is 82.99.

Virginia beat out Ryan’s other suitors, which include Louisville, Vanderbilt, ECU, App State, Army, Navy, and most of the Ivy League.

Ryan is clearly the most athletic dude on the field for James Monroe, and—as is typical of so many high school programs—that meant he was asked to do a little bit of everything. The physical traits are easily evident: speed, hops, change of direction. His wide receiver training gives Ryan good ball skills, both in the air and when it hits his hands. Focusing on one position at the next level will refine those raw tools. Juan Thornhill would be the likely best-case projection for Ryan at UVA.