University of Virginia football has landed its second verbal commitment of the week, bringing its total number of class of 2021 commitments to 17. The latest pledge hails from right in UVA’s backyard, Jonas Sanker of Charlottesville’s The Covenant School.
Sanker, a 6’2”, 195-pound rising senior who plays quarterback and safety for the Eagles, announced Sunday (July 12) that he has decommitted from Boston College in favor of the Hoos. The Charlottesville Daily Progress All-Central Virginia first-team selection pledged to the ACC rival Eagles on June 9. A Virginia offer came later in June.
“These last few weeks I’ve had a lot of conversations with family, friends and people I look up to,” Sanker wrote in the tweet below. “For me looking to my future I want to follow my heart and find the best possible fit for me. This decision is a hard decision for sure but ultimately is what I would like to do. I’m thankful for the relationships I’ve already built at Boston College and wish nothing but the best for their program.
“With that being said I would like to decommit from Boston College. And will now be attending the University of Virginia. #gohoos”
— Jonas Sanker (@JonasSanker) July 12, 2020
Sanker burst onto The Covenant School’s varsity football scene as a freshman in 2017, totaling 1,272 all-purpose yards, 16 touchdowns, 78 tackles and eight interceptions on an Eagles team that reached the VISAA Division III state semifinals. Sanker primarily played wide receiver and safety his freshman campaign.
The Covenant School has gone undefeated the past two seasons after moving to 8-man football in 2018. As a junior, Sanker earned All-Central Virginia first-team honors at quarterback and safety. The 247Sports and Rivals 3-star prospect racked up almost 1,600 yards passing, 1,116 yards rushing, and totaled 57 touchdowns. Daily Progress writer John Harvey described the future Hoo as a “human eraser” at safety.
“Sanker served as the human eraser on the back end of the defense for Covenant,” Harvey wrote in this article. “The junior defensive back was among the team leaders in tackles and interceptions and wasn’t afraid to come up and make a big hit. He was a first team all-conference and all-state performer for the Eagles.”
In addition to Virginia and Boston College, Sanker earned scholarship offers from Kent State, Ohio and Old Dominion, among others.
A two-sport star, Sanker helped The Covenant School varsity boys basketball team to the VISAA Division III state semifinals this spring. He earned 2019 VISAA Division III first-team all-state honors for his performance on the hard court.
Virginia Football’s Class of 2021
Sanker is listed as an “athlete” prospect because he has potential on both sides of the ball, but safety is likely where he will begin his Cavalier career. Another quality pickup from the Charlottesville area, joining Monticello High School standout Malachi Fields. Virginia now boasts five commitments from the home state in this class, with another – defensive end prospect Lorenz Terry – hoping to enroll midyear after a postgraduate semester this fall at Fork Union Military Academy. Terry committed to the Hoos as a senior at Varina High School (VA).
– Javin Burke, Athlete, Bradley Central (Cleveland, TN)
– Jesiah Davis, Wide Receiver, Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.)
– Malachi Fields, Athlete, Monticello (Charlottesville, VA)
– Amaad Foston, Running Back, John Milledge Academy (Milledgeville, GA)
– Ty Furnish, Offensive Lineman, Blessed Trinity Catholic (Roswell, GA)
– Micah Gaffney, Cornerback, Spanish Fort (AL)
– Michael Green, Linebacker, Lafayette (Williamsburg, VA)
– Hugh Laughlin, Defensive Lineman, Athens Academy (Athens, GA)
– Langston Long, Safety/Linebacker, Christ School (Arden, N.C.)
– Josh McCarron, Outside Linebacker, Archbishop Murphy (Everett, WA)
– Charlie Patterson, Offensive Lineman, Fellowship Christian School (Roswell, GA)
– Jacob Rodriguez, Dual-Threat Quarterback, Rider (Wichita Falls, TX)
– Aidan Ryan, Defensive Back, James Monroe (Fredericksburg, VA)
– Jonas Sanker, Athlete, Covenant (Charlottesville, VA)
– William Simpkins III, Cornerback, Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, MD)
– West Weeks, Linebacker, Oconee County (Watkinsville, GA)
– Jay Woolfolk, Dual-Threat Quarterback, Benedictine (Richmond, VA)