Eldridge Chooses Hoos

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Kettle Run (Nokesville, VA) rising senior wide receiver David Eldridge III announced his college decision on Twitter this evening. The 6’1”, 165-pound prospect considered scholarship offers from Boston College, Illinois, Old Dominion and Wake Forest, among others, but he has verbally committed to Mike London and the University of Virginia.

 

Eldridge III visited UVa for a Junior Day on March 1 and left with a very positive impression. Obviously, the first impression was also a lasting one.

“It was good to be around the coaches and players. It was nice to talk to them a lot,” Eldridge said in a March 24 article on the EDGE. “I liked the way practice was held. Coach Hagans, he kept it real. The wide receivers there were welcoming. I watched film and the spring practice. Mike London talked about the future of the program. I liked what he was saying.”

Eldridge totaled 1,426 all-purpose yards his junior season. At wide receiver, which is the position Virginia is recruiting him to play, he racked up 654 yards and nine touchdowns on 31 catches. A big-time contributor on special teams as well, the Kettle Run star averaged 37.1 yards per kick return and over 17 yards per punt return in 2013. Eldridge returned three kick-offs for scores and added a punt return for a touchdown. He also returned an interception for a touchdown.

“[College coaches] like my speed and hands,” said Eldridge, who ran an electronically-timed 4.60-second 40 and a 4.13-second shuttle at the 2014 Nike Football Training Camp in Northern Virginia. “They like my film and they like that I am good as a kick returner and punt returner. I know my weakness right now is route running, but I’m working hard to improve that this offseason.”

UVa now boasts four Class of 2015 commitments, including three offensive players – Eldridge, quarterback Nick Johns and offensive lineman Ryan Bischoff. Altavista (VA) standout Juan Thornhill is being recruited as a free safety.

Stay tuned to TheSabre.com for more on this latest recruiting development.

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