This week starts with some bold predictions.
1.) The Dave Matthews Band sponsored “A Concert for Charlottesville” will have more people in attendance than this past weekend’s game against Indiana.
2.) There will be more University of Virginia students at the concert than have been in Scott Stadium for all of last season combined.
These predictions certainly aren’t bold and don’t speak highly of the state of UVa football, however, they make me proud that I am part of a community that is motivated to come together, set aside our differences and raise money for the tragedy that occurred in the greatest town in Virginia.
T-shirts in support of the town and those injured are still available on Amazon. Please feel free to show your support for Charlottesville and the university community.
With that being said, here’s what you came for!
There were no commitments last week for the Virginia Cavalier’s 2018 class. No major UVa targets left the board either.
Last Thursday, September 7th, 4-star inside linebacker Maninoa Tufono received a full scholarship offer. Maninoa is a class of 2019 recruit from Honolulu, Hawaii.
According to 247 Sports’ crystal ball predictions, Tufono is leaning heavily towards the University of Washington, but 2018 Virginia commit Samson Reed has other thoughts.
Congrats Uce! Let's do this! ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/8NC0785MAf— Samson Tamasese Reed (@Samsonreed92) September 9, 2017
Bronco Mendenhall had a high proclivity for gaining commitments from the Rainbow State in his time at BYU. With Reed already coming down the pipeline, there’s no reason to say the Cavaliers couldn’t pull off the upset and land Maninoa.
Chris Tyree a 2020 5-star running back from Thomas Dale HS (Chester, VA) visited Charlottesville again last week during the William and Mary game. In an interview with 247 Sports, Tyree said he was building a strong relationship with Virginia running backs coach Mark Atuaia.
As far away as Tyree’s commitment is, this isn’t huge news but it definitely has huge implications in terms of the staff continuing to build those ever important in-state inroads.
If you want a laugh, do yourself a favor and go to the 4:40 mark and enjoy.
Cam’Ron Kelly a 4-star 2019 defensive back from Oscar Smith HS (Chesapeake, VA) visited Grounds again.
Kelly has offers from blue-bloods like Michigan, Florida State, Clemson and Auburn but Virginia remains on his radar. The easiest explanation would be that he’s a defensive back from the Tidewater region of Virginia with ties to current and former Virginia athletes.
Here’s to hoping Quin Blanding and Andrew Brown can have a huge influence on the young man.
For those of you brave enough to make the journey to Scott Stadium this coming Saturday, I look forward to singing the “Good Ol’ Song” with you no fewer than twelve times.
Why, you ask?
This delusional first-year has me all fired up and believing that Kurt Benkert can take us to the promised land.