After relying on out-of-state talent for the first few years of the Bronco Mendenhall era, the Virginia Cavaliers continued adding talent from the Commonwealth with a commitment from Bluefield blue-chip prospect Brody Meadows.
Meadows plays at Graham High School, the same school that produced Virginia legend Bill Dudley. At 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, he has a Power Five frame—with Power Five offers to match. Meadows chose UVA over offers from West Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, and Arizona State, among others.
He is a four-star on Rivals, with a 247 Composite rating of 89. That makes him a top-15 prospect in the Commonwealth for the class of 2022, and in the top 40 for his position nationally.
While the commitment was announced publicly today, it may have been a fabled “silent commit” since late April. Check out the two tweets below, both from April 29—one from UVA offensive line coach Garrett Tujague, the other from Meadows’ mom:
Meadows himself liked both posts. Speculation on Meadows’ status with UVA picked up in early May, after Mama Meadows tweeted a picture of her and Brody with Mom in a Virginia sweatshirt.
The most impressive thing about Meadows’ film is that he uses his hands to engage and displace opponents instead of just leaning on them with his oversized frame. That’s a skill that will translate even when he faces bigger, stronger competition. He may be a bit heavy-footed to stick at tackle in the ACC, but he moves well in space and delivers a wallop on arrival. Look for UVA to kick him to the interior and use him as a road-grading run blocker.