Sabre Scoop: Countdown To Signing Day

National Signing Day for the class of 2015 is fast approaching. Offensive tackle Grant Polk and linebacker C.J. Stalker have enrolled mid-year, and 17 high school seniors are currently committed to the Cavaliers.

In this “Countdown To Signing Day” feature, let’s take a look at where we stand in the recruiting process as well as what to watch out for this coming weekend.

National Signing Day: Wednesday, February 4

Recruiting Calendar

A Contact Period is in effect until February 1, which is a Quiet Period. A Dead Period takes place from February 2-5. During the Contact Period, coaches can make in-home visits with prospects. Prospects can make official visits to schools during the Contact and Quiet periods, but they cannot visit schools or meet with coaches during a Dead Period.

What To Watch For This Weekend Of January 16-18

UVa will host Colonial Forge (Stafford, VA) wide receiver Gary Jennings on an official visit. At this time, he is the only known uncommitted recruit expected on Grounds on an official. Jennings has taken official visits to Wisconsin and Notre Dame. After Virginia, he plans to head to West Virginia next weekend. He has one more official visit spot left to take if he chooses to do so.

According to the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Jennings has eliminated Wisconsin and plans to take a fifth official visit.

Jennings spoke favorably of UVa’s hiring of Chris Beatty, who served as Jennings primary recruiter at Wisconsin while Gary Andersen was head coach. The 6’2”, 190-pound senior has not given away much in terms of a favorite, but UVa was one of the first to offer and the Hoos definitely have a chance. I really like Jennings’ athleticism and feel he would be a quality addition at receiver or safety.

Virginia has lost three recruits since the season came to an end. Rasool Clemons (DE/OLB) and Kareem McDonald (LB) were academically related, while Brandon Wilson (DE) flipped to Indiana. Buford (GA) safety/linebacker David Curry is now exploring his options. More specifically, the 6’2”, 200-pound Curry will take an official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend.

Curry is currently scheduled to join many of Virginia’s other commitments on Grounds next weekend on an official visit. We’ll see if he sticks to that – and his original commitment – following this weekend.

In terms of other class of 2015 targets…

– Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, PA) safety John Petrishen will take an official visit to Pittsburgh this weekend. He is scheduled to go to Penn State next weekend and then Virginia the weekend of January 30-February 1.

– St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) linebacker Jordan Fox, who I reported on earlier this week, is at Stanford on an official visit. He plans to take an official to UVa next weekend.

– Newly offered linebacker Eric Gallon of Lakeland Christian (Lakeland, FL) will take an official visit to Middle Tennessee this weekend. He plans to tour Charlottesville on an official next weekend.

– Virginia Tech commitment Houshun Gaines, a defensive end out of Nash Central (Rocky Mount, N.C.), is in Vanderbilt on an official visit. The 6’4”, 225-pound prospect still plans to take officials to VT (next weekend) and UVa (January 30-February). Still wouldn’t get my hopes up here, Hoo fans, until he actually visits UVa.

– Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) cornerback/running back TJ Griffin will visit UVa next weekend, the Virginian Pilot reports. The 5’9”, 185-pound senior has de-committed from Wisconsin following the coaching change there.

UVa has a commitment from Ocean Lakes linebacker Jahvoni Simmons.