Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Today, we will take a closer look at the guest list from last Saturday's game, and update you on several members of the class of 2015.
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While the main focus of the day was the visiting North Carolina Tar Heels, the Wahoos hosted a number of 2015 commits and prospects on Saturday.
With the loss of Freddie Simmons to Rutgers, Virginia is giving a hard look at the wide receiver position across the board, and welcomed a pair of wideouts to Scott Stadium this past weekend.
Three-star Colonial Forge wide receiver Gary Jennings made a return trip to Charlottesville. Jennings is no stranger to Scott Stadium, as the 6-2 205 pound athlete attended UVa's home games against Richmond and Pittsburgh earlier this season. Jennings took an official visit to Wisconsin several weeks ago, and has added offers from Nebraska and North Carolina in the past several weeks. The Wahoos would love to add Jennings to the fold, but they will likely have to wait this one out.
William Fleming wide receiver Warren Craft made the trip north to Charlottesville a little more than a week removed from receiving an offer from UVa. If you recall from last week's Roundup, Craft was originally set to play basketball at Virginia Tech, but decommitted following the dismissal of then-head coach James Johnson. In talking with Craft, it appears that he is looking to play football at the next level now, and really likes the Cavaliers. Craft also took a visit to Tech last Thursday night, and is keeping his options open for now,
In addition to Craft and Jennings, 2016 wide receiver Samuel Denmark of Charleston South Carolina, and Bishop O'Connell junior Landan Ward were in the house as well.
The class of 2015 was well represented this past weekend. Among those in attendance was West Cheter Ohio native C.J Stalker. The four-star linebacker committed to UVa over the summer, but has not stopped hearing from schools, including Vanderbilt, who recently offered. Nevertheless, Stalker is all Wahoo and still has his sights set on enrolling in January.
Joining Stalker from the 2015 class was Jahovoni Simmons, Richard Burney, Eli Hanback, RJ Proctor, Tanner Cowley, and as always, Juan Thornhill.
Friday Night Lights:
Speaking of Thornhill, the the-star athlete had another big-time outing this past Friday night. Thornhill only played two quarters, but still managed to rack up 348 yards of total offense in Altavista's 55-21 win over Chatham. The explosive athlete is coming to UVa as a safety, but Thornhill pretty much did it all in the Colonel's 22nd consecutive win. Thornhill returned two punts and an interception for touchdowns, rushed for another, and threw for one more.
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Linebacker Kareem McDonald raised a few eyebrows on Monday night, when the 2015 commit tweeted out that he will taking an official visit to Indiana in a couple of weeks. STL caught up with McDonald shortly after, and he said that he is 100 percent committed to Virginia, and is simply trying to make the most out of the opportunity to take official visits. He is not the first and won't be the last to do this. McDonald has been extremely enthusiastic about the Wahoos since he committed back in August, and we do not consider him a flight risk at this point.
News and Notes:
Atlee linebacker Ricky DeBerry remains the top name on Virginia's board, and the four-star defensive stalwart announced this week that he would take his official visit to Alabama on the weekend November 30th for the Iron Bowl.
C.D. Hylton offensive lineman Matthew Burrell was always a long shot anyway, but the four-star released his top three schools, and Virginia was not included. Burrell announced that Ohio State, Penn State, and Tennessee are the three programs that he is focused on right now.
Speaking of Hylton, future five-star running back Ricky Slade added offers Clemson and Maryland in the past week. The freshman is up to five offers now, including the Tigers, Terps, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and of course, UVa.
A while ago, a poster asked about Garrett Taylor's status as a Michigan commit, and the four-star defensive back cleared the air this past week. Taylor announced on Twitter that he has de-committed from the Wolverines. Anything is possible, but this was better news for the Hokies, as Taylor was in Lane Stadium this past Thursday, and has already planned another visit to Virginia Tech.
That will do it for today's Roundup. Have a great week everybody!