Virginia Football Recruiting Notes: Early Signing Period Begins Wed.; Three Advance In Playoffs

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The University of Virginia football program will officially welcome its next wave of recruits this week, when Division 1 football’s Early Signing Period takes place. The class of 2021 can sign letters of intent from Wednesday, December 16, through Friday, December 18.

Thanks to a commitment from 4-star defensive end Bryce Carter, Virginia football’s class of 2021 currently ranks as the No. 24 haul in the nation according to both 247Sports and Carter is the only consensus 4-star recruit in the class; however, linebacker Josh McCarron (Rivals), offensive lineman Noah Josey (Rivals) and offensive tackle Logan Taylor (247Sports) have a 4-star designation by one of the two major national recruiting outlets.

The 23 high school senior verbal commitments are listed below.

Javin Burke, Athlete, Bradley Central (Cleveland, TN)
– Bryce Carter, Defensive End, Life Christian Academy (Chester, VA)
Jesiah Davis, Wide Receiver, Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.)
Michael Diatta, Defensive Lineman, Cane Ridge (Nashville, TN)
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)
James Jackson, Outside Linebacker, North Cross (Roanoke, VA)
– Noah Josey, Offensive Lineman, Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, TN)
Langston Long, Safety/Linebacker, Christ School (Arden, N.C.) (Long confirmed that he will sign Wed.)
– 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)
– Logan Taylor, Offensive Tackle, Episcopal (Alexandria, VA)
West Weeks, Linebacker, Oconee County (Watkinsville, GA)
Jack Witmer, Tight End, Cy-Fair (Cypress, TX)
Jay Woolfolk, Dual-Threat Quarterback, Benedictine (Richmond, VA)

In addition, postgraduate defensive end Lorenz Terry announced his plans to sign with the Hoos on Wednesday. Terry committed to UVA as a senior at Varina High School (VA) in the class of 2020, but he did not sign a letter of intent.

UVA Recruits In The Playoffs

Most high school seasons would be completed in a typical year, but as you know this is not a typical year. For those who did play their senior seasons this fall, three are still vying for postseason glory.

Oconee County (Watkinsville, GA), which features linebacker commit West Weeks, downed Peach County, 31-13, to advance to the “Final Four” of the Class 3A playoffs. The Warriors (11-0) will take on Greater Atlanta Christian this Friday.

Dual-threat quarterback pledge Jacob Rodriguez and the Rider (Wichita Falls, TX) Raiders are on to the next round of Class 5A Division II playoffs after North Side had to forfeit because of a coronavirus outbreak.

North Side featured future Virginia Tech prospect Da’Wain Lofton, so he and Rodriguez are set to face off on the next level.

Rider takes on Burges on Friday.

Tight end prospect Jack Witmer, who confirmed his plans to sign with the Hoos on Wednesday, helped Cy-Fair (Cypress, TX) to a 47-7 win over Westside in the first round of the 6A playoffs. An undefeated Tompkins (Katy) team awaits Cy-Fair (10-1) this Friday.

Witmer had three touchdown catches in last week’s victory.

Two future Cavaliers endured disappointing ends to their respective seasons. Blessed Trinity (Roswell, GA), which features offensive lineman Ty Furnish, lost to Warner Robins, 35-28, in the Class 5A playoffs. The previously unbeaten Titans had not surrendered over 30 points in any game this season prior to the loss. They recorded shutouts in four of their previous five games.

Offensive line commit Charlie Patterson and Fellowship Christian (Roswell, GA) lost to Trinity Christian, 41-27, in the Georgia Class A Private quarterfinals. The Paladins were unbeaten (11-0) coming into the game. Furthermore, they had steamrolled the competition, winning every game by 22 or more points.

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