UVA Football Recruiting Week In Review: Four Commits Advance In Playoffs

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University of Virginia football commitments Tyler Fannin, Matt Gahm, Tommy Christ, and Brian Delaney helped their respective schools to playoff victories last week.

Mill Creek (Hoschton, GA), which features Fannin as its starting center, edged McEachern, 31-28, to advance to the 7A semifinals and a matchup with Grayson. Mill Creek is unbeaten so far this season.

Linebacker Matt Gahm and his Highland Park (Dallas, TX) teammates downed Lake Ridge, 41-27, in the 5A Division 1 Region 2 semifinals. Per Max Preps, Gahm totaled 11 tackles (8 solo) including two sacks, forced a fumble, and recovered a fumble in the 14-point win.

The Scots will battle Mansfield Legacy for the regional championship on Saturday in AT&T Stadium.

UVA defensive end commitment Tommy Christ told the Washington Post that he was in “complete shock” following Dominion’s (Sterling, VA) 30-23 upset win over previously unbeaten Woodgrove in the 4A West regional semifinals. The Titans, who rallied from 14 points down in last week’s win, will now take on Salem in the 4A West regional finals with a berth in the 4A state championship game on the line.

Delaney, a place-kicker/punter prospect committed to the Hoos, booted four extra points and a 27-yard field goal as Westfield (Chantilly, VA) defeated James Madison, 31-13. The Bulldogs next take on South Lakes in the 6A North Region championship. South Lakes ousted UVA-bound tailback Lamont Atkins-led Lake Braddock in the 6A North regional semifinals last week.

Highlights of the rest of Virginia’s 2017 Class

Lindell Stone, QB, 6’1”, 205 pounds, Woodberry Forest (VA)

Stone amassed 3609 yards passing, 45 total touchdowns (38 passing, 7 rushing), and threw only seven interceptions in a fantastic senior season performance.

Lamont Atkins, 5’11”, 200 pounds, Lake Braddock (Burke, VA)

A factor on both sides of the ball for the Bruins, Atkins is being recruited by Virginia as a tailback. As a senior, Atkins rushed 156 times for 1,905 yards and 31 scores.

PK Kier, SRB (Speed Running Back), 5’11”, 215 pounds, Millbrook (Winchester, VA)

Kier, an all-state selection his junior season, rushed for over 1,000 yards as a senior.

Jamari Peacock, BRB (Big Running Back), 6’0”, 240 pounds, Yulee (FL)

Peacock rushed for 207 yards in his final game at Yulee. Highlights of his final game at Yulee are below, courtesy of Hudl.com.

Darnell Pratt Jr., WR, 6’3”, 185 pounds, Good Counsel (Olney, MD)

Pratt, who may be a 2-sport athlete (football, track) at Virginia, recently posted the best plays of his career on Hudl.

– Greatest Plays

Chris Glaser Jr., OL, 6’4”, 270 pounds, Solon (OH)

Ryan Nelson, OL, 6’5”, 260 pounds, Buena Park (CA)

Mandy Alonso, NT, 6’3”, 275 pounds, Gulliver Prep (Miami, FL)

Alonso amassed 41 tackles (28 solo) with 19 tackles for loss and eight sacks his senior season. His 2016 highlights are below (courtesy of Hudl). Notice Alonso, his father, and Gulliver Prep HC Earl Sims giving the V-sabres symbol at the beginning …

John Kirven, DE, 6’5”, 250 pounds, Woodberry Forest (VA)

Kirven was an All Prep defensive end/outside linebacker selection in what was his first year on defense.

Charles Snowden, OLB/DE, 6’7”, 200 pounds, St. Albans (Washington, D.C.)

Highlights of Snowden’s performance in St. Albans’ season finale versus Landon (courtesy of Hudl). Snowden had a touchdown reception in the 1-point loss …

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, OLB, 6’3”, 200 pounds, Bethel (Hampton, VA)

Zane Zandier, OLB, 6’3”, 215 pounds, Thomas Jefferson (Jefferson Hills, PA)

Darrius Bratton, CB, 6’2”, 190 pounds, Fork Union Military Academy (VA)

Darrius Bratton does not have a playoff game to play, but he and the rest of FUMA’s postgraduate squad will take part in the Canadian Federation exhibition game on December 5. Bratton helped FUMA to a successful 8-2 2016 campaign.

Zachariah Burton, CB, 6’1”, 185 pounds, William Penn (New Castle, DE)

Joey Blount, S, 6’2″, 175 pounds, Landmark Christian (Fairburn, GA)

Germane Crowell Jr., DB, 6’3”, 185 pounds, Carver (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

Crowell Jr., a defensive back recruit, expects to enroll at UVA in January of 2017. Watch highlights of his performance in a win over South Stokes this season.

Terrell Jana, ATH, 6’1”, 185 pounds, Woodberry Forest (VA)

A terrific senior season included 1,545 total yards, 21 total touchdowns, and 64 catches.

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