Twenty-one class of 2019 prospects signed with the University of Virginia football program during the Early Signing Period back in December. Linebacker Jairus Satiu and quarterback/athlete Luke Wentz were verbal commitments at the time, but neither signed early with the Hoos.
Satiu and Wentz are expected to officially become members of Virginia’s class of 2019 on Wednesday (February 6), which is the first day of Division 1 football’s Regular Signing Period. Barring a Signing Day surprise, these are the only two high school seniors expected to join UVA’s third full recruiting class under head coach Bronco Mendenhall.
Satiu is a Utah native who is spending this year at Fork Union Military Academy (VA). The 6’4”, 200-pound prospect played linebacker for John Shuman and the FUMA postgraduate team this past season.
Wentz, who stands 6’3” and weighs in at 200 pounds, played quarterback and wide receiver for the Paderborn Dolphins in Germany. A talented athlete, Wentz has the frame and speed to play quarterback, receiver or linebacker. Virginia, however, is recruiting him as a quarterback.
Since the Early Signing Period took place in mid-December, Virginia has pursued several defensive line prospects, including Wisdom Asaboro of North Carolina, Michael Lockhart of Alabama and Jared Harrison-Hunte of New York. Only Asaboro made an official visit on Grounds; however, the 6’8”, 280-pound senior will sign with North Carolina according to his coach.
Harrison-Hunte committed to Miami last Friday, while Lockhart will be a Signing Day decision with Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and North Carolina the finalists.
Aside from adding Satiu and Wentz and likely also announcing Penn State graduate transfer offensive tackle Alex Gellerstedt, tomorrow’s National Signing Day figures to be relatively uneventful for Virginia. That doesn’t mean the Hoos are finished adding scholarship players to the roster before next season, though, as Mendenhall and company will likely remain active in the grad-transfer market – another offensive lineman, a big wide receiver, and, perhaps, a defensively lineman could be addressed further in the coming months.
On National Signing Day, Virginia football will be releasing the new additions via Twitter. We will be reporting on the new signees as well as any potential breaking news throughout the day as well. Coach Mendenhall will hold a National Signing Day press conference at 2 p.m., and we will have a wrap up of the day’s happenings by the end of the day.
— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) February 5, 2019