Catching you up on recent UVA football recruiting news, beginning with am offensive line target at a traditional high school power in the Tidewater region.
Collins High on the Hoos
This happened five days, but it is a tweet worth recognizing. Oscar Smith class of 2018 offensive lineman James Collins had the following to say about UVA on April 7 …
— James Collins V ™ (@polosandretros_) April 7, 2017
For a program still in dire need of offensive linemen, this is good news. Might a commitment happen soon? It wouldn’t be a surprise, and certainly UVA is in great shape.
Virginia is currently the only school to offer the 6’4”, 305-pound junior, who attended a Cavalier Junior Day earlier this year.
Targets Make Return Visits
As reported on the EDGE this week, Patrick Henry (Ashland, VA) safety/wide receiver Kaleb Smith planned to return to Virginia to watch spring practice on April 11. The 6’3”, 185-pound junior made the trip, his third visit to UVA within a 2-week span.
Smith met with defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Nick Howell extensively during this latest experience, an indication of where the Cavaliers envision him playing should he end up donning the orange and blue.
— Kaleb (@kaleb11smith) April 11, 2017
Like Smith, Louisa County (Mineral, VA) star linebacker Brandon Smith has also been on Grounds numerous times. The 6’5”, 220-pound sophomore was on Grounds again yesterday and tweeted that the experience was a positive one.
Since Virginia offered back in February, Smith has received offers from Virginia Tech and Duke.
— Brandon Smith (@brand0n_smith12) April 12, 2017
Smith’s Louisa County teammate, Tony Thurston, was also at UVA yesterday. The 6’5”, 270-pound junior has not been offered by the Hoos but had a “great” experience on Tuesday. He earned first-team all-conference honors as an offensive tackle and defensive end this past season.
— Tony Thurston (@TonyThurston3) April 11, 2017
Other recent visitors include …
– Xavier Kane, QB/ATH, Blue Ridge (St. George, VA), Class of 2019, No offer from UVA
– Grant Misch, LB, 6’4”, 232 pounds, Potomac Falls (Sterling, VA), Class of 2018, No offer from UVA but does have an offer from Army
– Dean Ferguson, S, 6’2”, 205 pounds, Potomac Falls (Sterling, VA), Class of 2019, No offer from UVA
Another Line Offer
Pennsbury (Fairless Hills, PA) junior defensive tackle/offensive lineman Matt Rosso tweeted yesterday that Virginia has offered a scholarship. UVA is the first power conference offer for the 6’6”, 260-pound prospect. U-Mass has offered as well.
Rosso’s highlights are below.