Virginia Football Caps Off Big Weekend With Top Outside Linebacker Commit

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A successful weekend for the Virginia football program has gotten better as the Hoos have landed a verbal commitment from consensus 4-star senior outside linebacker prospect Brandon Williams. Williams, a New Orleans, Louisiana native who was on Grounds this weekend on an official visit, announced the news via Twitter.

Williams boosts the number of commitments in Virginia’s 2020 Class to 11. Three of those prospects – Williams and defensive backs Ja’Darius “Bud” Clark and Donovan Johnson – hail from the Bayou state, which has become a hotbed of Virginia recruiting activity since Ricky Brumfield was hired in December of 2017.

UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall recognized the recruiting efforts of Brumfield, who grew up in New Orleans, and regional scout Jordan Arcement during his September 9 press conference. In addition to the three commitments, UVA signed running back Mike Hollins and wide receiver Dontayvion Wicks in the class of 2019. Hollins and Wicks have played for UVA as true freshmen.

“Ricky Brumfield is our connection to Louisiana, and we have a personnel staff member named Jordan Arcement who is also from Louisiana,” Mendenhall said. “Those two, if you look at our players that are coming or have come from Louisiana recently, you can trace them to those two coaches or that one coach and one personnel member. They’re excellent recruiters. They know the state really well. They have amazing relationships.”

Williams attends Isidore Newman School, a private school in New Orleans. According to the school’s website, “Our school enjoys a national reputation for excellence and achievement in academics, athletics, and the arts with our students matriculating to the most selective colleges and universities in the country.”

The 6’3”, 225-pound senior was an all-district selection at defensive end last season for the Greenies, who finished 2018 with an 11-2 record and have opened the 2019 campaign with blowout victories over Lusher Charter and Bonnabel. (Below are highlights of Williams’ performance vs. Lusher Charter)

Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN rank Williams as a 4-star prospect, with 247Sports (no. 276) and ESPN (no. 293) ranking the athletic defender as one of the top 300 prospects in the 2020 Class. Arkansas, Boston College, Florida, Kentucky, Miami, Tennessee and Texas A&M are among the other scholarship offers Williams considered before choosing the Hoos. He appears to be a perfect fit at outside linebacker in Bronco Mendenhall’s 3-4 scheme.

Williams and Clark are Virginia’s two consensus 4-star prospects in this class. Williams (no. 13), Clark (no. 14) and Johnson (no. 18) are ranked among Louisiana’s top high school seniors according to Rivals.

Virginia Football’s 2020 Class Commitments (11)

– Ira Armstead, Dual-Threat Quarterback, Adams (South Bend, IN)
– Sam Brady, Linebacker/Athlete, North Lincoln (Denver, N.C.)
– Jahmeer Carter, Defensive Lineman, Archbishop Spalding (Severn, MD)
– Jimmy Christ, Offensive Lineman, Dominion (Sterling, VA)
– Ja’Darius Clark, Defensive Back, Alexandria (LA)
– Lavel Davis Jr., Wide Receiver, Woodland (Dorchester, S.C.)
– Dave Herard, Athlete, Stranahan (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
– Donovan Johnson, Safety, Helen Cox (Harvey, LA)
– Jestus Johnson, Offensive Lineman, Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.)
– Joshua Rawlings, Tight End, Woodland Hills (Pittsburgh, PA)
– Brandon Williams, Outside Linebacker, Isidore Newman (New Orleans, LA)

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