Virginia Football Recruiting Notes: QB Commit Jacob Rodriguez Throws 4 TDs In Return

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Rider (Wichita Falls, TX) quarterback Jacob Rodriguez returned to the field this past week after missing the previous game because of a lower leg injury. With the University of Virginia commit back in the lineup, the Raiders got back to their winning ways with a 53-17 victory over Wichita Falls.

Rodriguez completed 13-of-18 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns in 2+ quarters, leading Rider to its fourth win of the season. Click here to read the full game report from the Times Record News.

The Raiders are unbeaten this season when the 6’3″, 210-pound Rodriguez has played.

Here are more results from Virginia football’s class of 2021 from this past week …

Jack Witmer, Tight End, Cy-Fair (Cypress, TX)

Cy-Fair is unbeaten through five games. Last week, the 6’7”, 230-pound Witmer and his teammates dispatched Jersey Village, 56-21. Witmer had at least one catch and you can see it below, courtesy of Hudl.

Ty Furnish, Offensive Lineman, Blessed Trinity (Roswell, GA)

Blessed Trinity defeated Calhoun, 35-21, to move to 3-0.

Charlie Patterson, Offensive Lineman, Fellowship Christian School (Roswell, GA)

The 6’6”, 270-pound Cavalier commit helped Fellowship Christian School to a 63-0 win over Dunwoody. The Paladins are 7-0 in 2020. Patterson posted highlights from the first four games of his senior season via Hudl.

Noah Josey, Offensive Lineman, Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, TN)

Brentwood Academy was on the winning side of a 16-7 decision against Ensworth. The Tennessean has the Eagles (9-0) as the no. 2 ranked team in the Nashville area.

Hugh Laughlin, Defensive Lineman, Athens Academy (Athens, GA)

In a showdown of two of the top private school teams in the Peach State, Laughlin and his Athens Academy teammates lost to Prince Avenue Christian, 41-7. This was the first loss of the season for Athens Academy (5-1).

Check out one of the 6’6″, 285-pound Laughlin’s top plays from the PAC game below.

Langston Long, Linebacker, Christ School (Arden, N.C.)

After losing its first two games of the season, Christ School has won two straight to even its record at 2-2. The Greenies took down Metrolina Christian Academy, 28-21, this past week.

West Weeks, Linebacker, Oconee County (Watkinsville, GA)

Oconee County cruised to a 30-7 win over Hart County to move to 7-0 on the season. The Warriors have a bye this coming week.

Weeks has been a tremendously versatile player throughout high school, and that versatility is on display in highlights from last week’s victory.

James Jackson, Linebacker, North Cross (Roanoke, VA)

North Cross (2-0) was supposed to play Woodberry Forest this past week, but the game was postponed because one of its players tested positive for the coronavirus. North Cross has had to postpone two games because of coronavirus.

Fork Union Military Academy is up next on the schedule on October 30.

Micah Gaffney, Cornerback, Spanish Fort (AL)

Spanish Fort has won seven straight games after dropping its first two of the season. Last week’s 28-21 victory over McGill-Toolen was its most consequential, as it gave the Toros the Class 6A, Region 1 title.

Javin Burke, Athlete, Bradley Central (Cleveland, TN)

Bradley Central downed Soddy Daisy, 49-14, to improve to 7-2.

In-State Senior Pledges To The Hoos

Culpeper County (VA) standout Joseph Holland announced Monday (October 27) that he has accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the University of Virginia football program. The commitment comes one day after he received the offer from the Hoos.

The 6’4”, 190-pound senior standout plays outside linebacker, wide receiver, and punter for the Blue Devils. As a junior he earned all-district honorable mention honors at linebacker, where he totaled 71 tackles including four tackles for loss as well as two interceptions and two forced fumbles. He had four catches for 42 yards and averaged 33.2 yards per punt.

An excellent student, Holland reports a 4.0 GPA and has scored 1520 on the SAT.

More Recruiting News

– York (S.C.) wide receiver DaShawn Brown tweeted that he will be “committing at the end of the season.”

The 6’0”, 170-pound senior was offered by Virginia this past summer. At the time he was committed to Appalachian State, but he has since reopened his recruitment. If his retweets are any indication, this decision likely will be between Coastal Carolina and UVA.

According to, York (3-2) has just one regular season game left on its schedule – a November 6 home contest against Clover.

– One of Virginia’s top receiver targets came off the board last week. Donte Thornton, a 6’4”, 185-pound senior out of Mount Saint Joseph (Baltimore, MD), verbally committed to Oregon over Arizona State, Florida State, Notre Dame, Southern Cal, and UVA.

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