UVA Football Recruiting Week In Review: Atkins Does It All In Win

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The UVA Football Recruiting Week In Review is a weekly recap of how Virginia’s 2017 and 2018 recruits performed on the gridiron the previous week.

The newest Hoo recruit, offensive tackle Ryan Nelson, was idle. Quarterback Lindell Stone, defensive end John Kirven, and athlete Terrell Jana — all three seniors at Woodberry Forest (VA) -– were on a bye as well this past weekend.

Top Performers

Atkins pictured with Bronco Mendenhall at UVA’s 2016 Spring Game

– Tailback Lamont Atkins got the job done on both sides of the ball in Lake Braddock’s (Burke, VA) 24-21 win over West Potomac. Atkins rushed 22 times for 194 yards and three touchdowns, hauled in two catches for seven yards, and totaled eight tackles (four solo, four assisted) including one sack to help the Bruins stay undefeated through four games.

Atkins’ highlights from last week, courtesy of Hudl, are below.

– Nose tackle prospect Mandy Alonso racked up four tackles (three solo), a sack, and a fumble recovery as Gulliver Prep (Miami, FL) notched a 34-28 win over Everglades Prep Academy. Gulliver Prep improves to 2-3.

See Alonso’s sack from last week below (courtesy of MaxPreps) …

Joey Blount is being recruited by Virginia as a free safety. Last week, he showed off his talent on offense when he tossed two touchdown passes in leading Landmark Christian Academy (Fairburn, GA) to a 34-10 win over Mount Vernon Presbyterian. LCA is unbeaten in five games this season.

Courtesy of Hudl, check out Blount’s highlights from last week’s win …

– Highland Park (Dallas, TX) linebacker Matt Gahm had three tackles, one quarterback hurry, one blocked punt, and returned a fumble for a touchdown in a 66-7 win over North Forney. The Scots are now 4-1.

How The Rest Of UVA’s 2017 and 2018 Class Recruits Fared Last Week

PK Kier, Tailback, Millbrook (Winchester, VA)
Woodgrove handed Kier and his Pioneer teammates their first loss of 2016, 50-15. Millbrook is now 4-1.

Darnell Pratt Jr., Wide Receiver, Good Counsel (Olney, MD)
After winning three straight to start the season, the Falcons fell to WCAC-rival St. John’s, 39-22, last week.

Tyler Fannin, Center/Offensive Guard, Mill Creek (Hoschton, GA)
Mill Creek continues to roll in 2016. Collins Hill was the latest victim by a score of 43-7. Since a close season opener, Mill Creek (5-0) has absolutely dominated opponents by a whopping 136-24.

Chris Glaser Jr., Offensive Guard, Solon (OH)
Solon improved to 4-1 with a win over Euclid.

Bryson Speas, Offensive Tackle, Dudley (Greensboro, N.C.)
Dudley remained unbeaten after dispatching Richmond, 34-14. The Panthers (6-0) have a bye this week.

Ryan Thaxton, Defensive End, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexandria, VA)
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (2-1) rebounded from its first loss of the 2016 season with a 50-29 win over Potomac School.

Tommy Christ, Defensive Lineman, Dominion (Sterling, VA)
Dominion’s up-and-down season continued with a 30-16 win over Loudoun Valley. Dominion opened the season with a win; however, it has followed every win with a loss. Now 3-2, they’ll try and break that pattern on September 30 at Freedom.

Darrius Bratton, Defensive Back, Fork Union Military Academy (VA)
FUMA’s postgraduate squad improved to 3-1 with a 28-22 overtime victory over Wagner College.

Zachariah Burton, Defensive Back, William Penn (New Castle, DE)
William Penn clobbered DuPont, 52-12, and is now 2-1.

Germane Crowell Jr., Defensive Back, Carver (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Carver dropped a 34-12 decision to Asheville and is now 1-5 this season. The Yellowjackets have a bye this week.

Brian Delaney, Placekicker, Westfield (Chantilly, VA)
Westfield (3-1) is no longer unbeaten, falling to Stone Bridge by a score of 34-16. Delaney kicked two extra points in the loss.

Noah Taylor, Outside Linebacker, Avalon (Gaithersburg, MD), Class of 2018 Recruit
Avalon is still in search of its first win of the 2016 season. The Black Knights lost to Archbishop Spalding, 49-0, last week. Up next is a matchup with Woodberry Forest, which features three other UVA recruits in Lindell Stone, John Kirven, and Terrell Jana.

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