UVA football has been highly active on the recruiting front, extending at least seven new scholarship offers to high school juniors and seniors this past week.
Class of 2017
Last month, Virginia offered wide receiver Josh Johnson. The Cavaliers offered two other high school senior wide receiver prospects last week, an indication that head coach Bronco Mendenhall would like to address this position further in the 2017 Class.
Johnson hails from Woodward Academy in Georgia. At the time he was offered by UVA he had already committed to Louisville, and Johnson remains a Cardinal pledge as of now.
Shawn Smith, a 5’11”, 165-pound senior and former South Carolina commit out of Brunswick (GA), tweeted his UVA offer news on December 6. Georgia and Louisville are among the other reported offers this talented prospect is considering.
On December 9, Davontavean Martin took to Twitter to reveal his Virginia offer. Martin measures in at 6’4”, 180 pounds, a similar size to current Cavalier commit Darnell Pratt Jr. The Tulane pledge has seen his recruiting stock rise recently, scoring two offers — Toledo and UVA — in two consecutive days.
Martin attends Ellender High School in Houma, Louisiana.
Class of 2018
While UVA looks to close out the 2017 Class in strong fashion, the Wahoos are also busy recruiting high school junior prospects. Brian Cobbs, Chris Collins, Vincent Flythe, Jamion Franklin, and Shayne Simon all now claim scholarship offers from the Cavaliers.
Cobbs is a 6’3”, 200-pound athlete out of Hayfield (Alexandria, VA), which finished the 2016 season with a 9-3 record. An all-region selection at wide receiver, he hauled in over 1,149 yards receiving (per the Washington Post) this season for the Hawks, who were eliminated in the 6A North Region quarterfinals by UVA-bound tailback Lamont Atkins-led Lake Braddock.
Virginia is the first school to offer Cobbs.
Chris Collins is a 6’5”, 215-pound defensive end out of Benedictine (Richmond, VA), a talent-rich prep program under head coach Greg Lilly. Virginia becomes the second school to offer Collins, who revealed an offer from Georgia late last month.
Flythe hails from H.D. Woodson High School in Washington, D.C. He is a 6’1″, 175-pound cornerback/wide receiver prospect.
Franklin, a 6’2”, 300-pound defensive tackle prospect out of North Caroline High School in Ridgley, Maryland, indicated via Twitter that Virginia is the first FBS school to offer him a scholarship. He is likely being recruited by the Wahoos as a nose tackle.
The offer from UVA is St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) standout Shayne Simon’s second of the week, as he also scored an offer from Maryland on December 6. Army, Boston College, Navy, North Carolina, Rutgers, and Syracuse have also come through for the 6’3”, 200-pound safety prospect.