This weekend is important to the UVa men’s basketball and football programs in terms of hosting recruits. We begin with men’s basketball, which will host all three class of 2016 commitments — combo guard Kyle Guy, point guard Ty Jerome and forward Jay Huff — as well as class of 2016 small forward target DeAndre Hunter on official visits.
If you follow Guy on Twitter, you know he hasn’t held his excitement back all week. He tweeted this morning that he is on his way to Charlottesville.
Taking off UVabound
— King Wavvy(@Kyle_Guy24) September 11, 2015
As reported here last weekend, Hunter, a 6’7″, 190-pound wing out of Friends’ Central (Wynnewood, PA), has scheduled four official visits: UVa this weekend, Oklahoma State next weekend, Miami (October 2-4) and Notre Dame (October 16-18). Hunter, who took an unofficial visit to Virginia in August, is one of two top targets UVa is pursuing to fill its final scholarship spot in the class of 2016. The other is Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) small forward Braxton Blackwell, who Cavalier head coach Tony Bennett met with on Wednesday morning according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. (Coach Bennett met with top class of 2017 point guard target Matt Coleman at that time as well.)
With two visits in as many months, UVa certainly appears to be a strong contender for Hunter, who has not given away much in terms of possible favorites. Whether the Cavaliers can close this weekend is the question. If Hunter does not commit this weekend, look for the staff to then focus on securing an official visit spot from the aforementioned Blackwell. Blackwell’s list of finalists include Alabama, Kansas, Tennessee, Texas, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
On the football side, Osceola (Kissimmee, FL) senior running back Laderrien Wilson confirmed to TheSabre.com that he will be on Grounds for an official visit this weekend. Wilson, a 5’10”, 210-pound prospect, reportedly has offers from Florida State and Miami, among others, in addition to Virginia.
Virginia football has 22 commitments in the class of 2016. Look for most of the class to be on hand for tomorrow’s home opener against Notre Dame. Penn (Mishawaka, IN) offensive tackle Ben Knutson, who lives mere minutes from Notre Dame’s campus, is expected to make the trek to Charlottesville to catch the game.
In addition to the high school senior recruits, some of the state of Virginia’s top young talents are expected in Scott Stadium on Saturday. The list includes Highland Springs junior offensive tackle Mekhi Becton, Glen Allen junior quarterback Alex Faniel (UVa has offered), Riverbend (Fredericksburg) junior defensive end TyJuan Garbutt (UVa has offered), Chancellor (Fredericksburg) junior wide receiver E.J. Jenkins and junior defensive end Yetur Matos (UVa has offered), Woodberry Forest junior tight end John Kirven (UVa has offered) and junior quarterback Lindell Stone (UVa has offered), North Stafford (Fredericksburg) sophomore OL/DL Nana Asiedu (UVa has offered), Bayside (Va. Beach) sophomore linebacker Teradja Mitchell (UVa has offered), and North Stafford (Stafford) freshman running back Devyn Ford.
Stay tuned to TheSabre.com for a full list of those confirmed visitors following the Notre Dame game. We’ll also have updates and any breaking news in the coming days.