There was a flurry of University of Virginia related recruiting news last week. Let’s begin on the basketball court with Tony Bennett’s program making the cut for 4-star guard Jalen Warley.
Warley, a 6’5” rising senior out of Westtown High School in Norristown, Pennsylvania, claimed a scholarship offer from the Hoos on June 4. He revealed his top 10 schools on Sunday, June 7, and Virginia made the list along with Florida State, LSU, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, and Oregon.
Top 10 pic.twitter.com/s7Cz4BUSU2
— Jalen Warley (@jjwarley) June 7, 2020
Warley commented on all 10 schools in an article on StockRisers.com. Of Virginia, he noted the 2019 National Championship and the coaching staff’s reputation for developing prospects. Click here to read the full article.
Virginia Football Recruiting News
The father of Virginia football commit Amaad Foston took to Twitter to congratulate his son on a significant academic achievement in the 2019-20 school year.
Congrats to my son on his 2020 school year for earning a 4.0 GPA You are truly a student athlete. As you continue to work out this summer remember hard work pays off and make 2021 be better than 2020. Proud father I am!!! LETSGOGETIT!!! pic.twitter.com/pbJswSnp0v
— Amaad Foston (@FostonAmaad) June 4, 2020
The younger Foston is a 6’0”, 200-pound rising senior out of John Milledge Academy in Milledgeville, Georgia. He chose the Hoos over offers from Boston College, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia, among others.
Virginia Makes Top 10 For Another Peach State Star
Deion Colzie, a 6’4” wide receiver prospect out of Athens Academy (Athens, GA), announced his top 10 schools this past Sunday. SEC schools (Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee) make up the majority of the list for Colzie, who committed to Notre Dame last October before reopening his recruitment in March of 2020. Notre Dame, Penn State, Oregon and Virginia round out the top 10.
An impressive athlete, Colzie is a standout in basketball as well as football. On the gridiron, he earned first-team all-state honors as a defensive back but is being recruited by most schools as a wide receiver. The 4-star talent has been selected to play in the 2021 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
If Athens Academy sounds familiar, it’s because Virginia football already has a commitment from there in the class of 2021. Rising senior defensive lineman Hugh Laughlin pledged to the Hoos this spring. He took to Twitter to encourage Cavalier fans to help in trying to sway his teammate to join him in Charlottesville.
— Hugh Laughlin (@hlaughlin_22) June 7, 2020
UVA Extends New DB Offer In 2021
Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, MI) safety Saborn Campbell claimed a scholarship from Virginia football last week. The 6’0”, 190-pound rising senior now boasts football offers from Cincinnati, Columbia, Dartmouth, Michigan State, Princeton, and Virginia.
Campbell verbally committed to Stanford baseball in August of 2018. He remains committed; however, according to Detroit News he may want to play football and baseball in college. Saborn’s father played football at Michigan State, which reportedly has offered him the opportunity to play both sports.
Virginia boasts one football and baseball prospect already in its class of 2021 in Benedictine (Richmond, VA) standout Jay Woolfolk, who is being recruited by Bronco Mendenhall as a dual-threat quarterback. It is not clear if Campbell would be able to play both sports at Virginia.
Off The Board
Three Virginia class of 2021 targets came off the board last week.
– Maryland wide receiver Kaden Prather, who committed to West Virginia.
– Michigan offensive lineman Weston Jones, who committed to BYU.
Virginia football offered Blessed Trinity (Roswell, GA) rising senior Ty Furnish as an offensive lineman. Furnish, who is the latest prospect to join UVA’s class of 2021, has started 30 games for the Titans on the offensive line the past two seasons. A stint on the defensive line in last year’s playoffs, though, caught his coach’s attention.
“Depth was an issue for us going into the playoffs, so I asked him to play some on the defensive side,” Blessed Trinity head coach Tim McFarlin recalled. “He went over to the defensive side. I watched him and thought – and I told this to the Virginia staff – that may be it for him. He’s quick, coordinated, and he has great hands and feet. He has the attributes to play on the defensive line. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him play there on the next level.”
Read more on Furnish in our EDGE report posted last Friday.