The Taft School produced one of the top defensive ends in UVA history in former NFL standout Patrick Kerney. Coach Bronco Mendenhall hopes to have found another defensive gem from the Watertown (CT) school.
This afternoon UVA football received a verbal commitment from Taft School senior Elliott Brown, Taft School head coach Tyler Whitley confirmed to TheSabre.com. Brown was a productive wide receiver for Taft but is being recruited by the Cavaliers as an outside linebacker.
“[Brown] just texted me. He is committed,” Whitley wrote via Twitter.
Whitley describes the 6’6″, 220-pound Brown as “an under the radar guy with unbelievable athleticism and potential.”
Brown, who was offered a scholarship by UVA last week, is currently in Charlottesville on an official visit. Accompanying him on Grounds is Taft School senior offensive lineman Gerrick Vollmer, a one-time Louisville pledge who is considering scholarship offers from Connecticut and Temple.
With Brown in the fold, UVA’s 2017 class now looks like this …
– Lindell Stone, QB, Woodberry Forest (VA)
– Lamont Atkins, RB, Lake Braddock (Burke, VA), ENROLLED IN JAN 2017
– PK Kier, RB, Millbrook (Winchester, VA)
– Jamari Peacock, RB, Yulee (FL), ENROLLED IN JAN 2017
– Darnell Pratt Jr., WR, Good Counsel (Olney, MD)
– Shawn Smith, WR, Brunswick (GA)
– Tyler Fannin, OL, Mill Creek (Hoschton, GA)
– Chris Glaser Jr., OL, Solon (OH)
– Ryan Nelson, OL, Buena Park (CA)
– Ryan Swoboda, OL, Windermere Prep (FL)
– Mandy Alonso, DT, Gulliver Prep (Miami, FL)
– Tommy Christ, DL, Dominion (Sterling, VA)
– John Kirven, DE, Woodberry Forest (VA)
– Matt Gahm, LB, Highland Park (Dallas, TX)
– Zane Zandier, LB, Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson Hills, PA)
– Elliott Brown, LB, Taft School (Watertown, CT)
– Charles Snowden, LB/DE, St. Albans (Washington, D.C.)
– Joey Blount, FS, Landmark Christian (Fairburn, GA)
– Darrius Bratton, DB, Fork Union Military Academy (VA) via William Fleming (Roanoke, VA)
– Zachariah Burton, DB, Penn (New Castle, DE), ENROLLED IN JAN 2017
– Germane Crowell, DB, Carver (Winston-Salem, N.C.), ENROLLED IN JAN 2017
– Terrell Jana, ATH, Woodberry Forest (VA)
– Brian Delaney, PK, Westfield (Chantilly, VA)