Virginia football picked up some great news on the recruiting trail on Saturday in the form of a verbal commitment from a consensus top 100 prospect in the class of 2020. Andrew Gentry, a 6’8”, 310-pound offensive tackle out of Columbine High School (Littleton, CO), has announced his pledge to the Hoos with the Early Signing Period less than a week away.
“First off, I want to thank God for the many opportunities I’ve been able to enjoy through football,” Gentry wrote in the tweet below. “Secondly, I want to thank my parents for providing unconditional love and support through my entire recruiting process and entire life. I would also like to thank my high school coaches, especially Coach Anderson and Lowry, for mentoring me and pushing to be my very best in everything that I do, both on and off the field. Finally, I would like to thank all of the coaching staffs that took time to recruit me throughout this process. With that being said, I’m thrilled to announce my commitment to The University of Virginia! #GoHoos”
— Andrew Gentry (@a_gentry75) December 14, 2019
Gentry, who helped Columbine to the Colorado Class 5A state championship game this season, is rated as one of the top 100 recruits in the country by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN.com. Rivals ranks him as the no. 65 overall senior in the country, the no. 9 offensive tackle in his class, and Colorado’s top prospect in 2020. 247Sports ranks Gentry as the no. 90 senior in the country and the no. 10 offensive tackle, while ESPN ranks him no. 79 in the nation and no. 1 in Colorado. All three sites have Gentry as a 4-star.
January 3, 2018 was the date Virginia offered the Columbine star a scholarship. BYU was the first to offer, coming through in August of 2017, and many, many more schools have followed suit. Gentry considered scholarship offers from top programs throughout the nation, including College Football Playoff No. 1 LSU, which offered this past August, as well as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Southern Cal, among others.
A commitment from a big-time recruit such as Gentry is paramount as Virginia continues to build its program. Making his pledge particularly important, though, is the fact that the Cavaliers lost another talented tackle prospect, Jimmy Christ, earlier this fall when the Dominion (Sterling, VA) star flipped from UVA to Penn State.
A terrific student athlete, Gentry boasts a 4.33 GPA and 1420 SAT score (per his Twitter account) in addition to his status as a top recruit.
Gentry’s pledge boosts Virginia football’s class of 2020 commitment total to 11. The full rundown of UVA’s class is below. In addition, here are highlights from the future Hoo’s junior season. UVA fans will also be able to watch Gentry live in action when he plays in the 2020 Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
Gentry can sign a letter of intent with Virginia during the Early Signing Period, which takes place December 18-20.
Virginia Football’s 2020 Class
– 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)
– Ja’Darius Clark, Defensive Back, Alexandria (LA)
– Lavel Davis Jr., Wide Receiver, Woodland (Dorchester, S.C.)
– Andrew Gentry, Offensive Tackle, Columbine (Littleton, CO)
– 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)
– Lorenz Terry, Defensive Lineman, Varina (VA)
– Brandon Williams, Outside Linebacker, Isidore Newman (New Orleans, LA)