NC OL Chooses Hoos Over FSU, Others

The University of Virginia’s football program has scored a verbal commitment from offensive lineman Will Richardson , a 6’6″, 305-pound prospect out of Cummings High School in Burlington, North Carolina. The Cavaliers beat out several ACC rivals for the standout rising senior, who also considered scholarship offers from Duke, Florida State, N.C. State and Virginia Tech, among others.

Richardson informed head coach Mike London of his decision while on an unofficial visit in Charlottesville on Saturday. He is Virginia’s second offensive line commitment of this class, joining Chancellor (Fredericksburg, VA) 4-star recruit Steven Moss . In total, UVa now boasts five verbal commitments in the class of 2014.

“Committed to UVA! #REMAININGACAV,” Richardson wrote on his Twitter feed Saturday afternoon.

Richardson, a starter at right offensive tackle on Cummings’ varsity football squad each of the past two seasons, earned 2A all-state honors for his junior season performance. The 2-sport standout also captured the Mid-State 2-A Conference championship in the discus his sophomore and junior years.

An excellent student, Richardson carries a 4.0 GPA and plans to major in Architecture.

Stay tuned for much more on Virginia football’s latest pledge, but in the meantime be sure to check out sophomore and junior season highlights by clicking here.

Twitter Reaction

Richardson joins Bayside (Va. Beach, VA) FS Quin Blanding , Woodgrove (Purcellville, VA) OLB/DE Jordan “JJ” Jackson, Moss, and Memphis University School (Memphis, TN) PK/P Gary Wunderlich as members of UVa’s 2014 Class. Jackson, Moss and Wunderlich took to Twitter to react to Richardson’s decision.

Jackson – “@Will_MadlyLoved welcome to the family #wahoowa”

Moss – “Bout time I got some help on the line #GoHoos”

Wunderlich – “@Will_MadlyLoved congrats man! Glad you decided to join us”

EDGE Outlook: Richardson gives the Hoos a second excellent offensive line prospect in this class. Size, strength, work ethic and intelligence are the Tar Heel state standout’s strengths. He appeared to improve significantly from his sophomore to his junior season, particularly with his strength and footwork. Numbers-wise, including Moss and Richardson there are 14 offensive linemen expected to be on scholarship in the 2014 season. This does not count walk-on rising red-shirt freshman center Jackson Matteo , who appears headed toward a scholarship as a result of his play. Look for the Cavaliers to add at least another line prospect, maybe two, in this class before Signing Day rolls around.