Three former Colonial Athletic Association standouts played significant roles as graduate transfers on Virginia football’s 2020 squad. The Hoos appear to be eyeing another talent out of the FCS-level league for the 2021 season, as former Villanova student-athlete Jaquan Amos announced an offer from the Hoos.
The 6’1”, 190-pound senior cornerback officially entered the transfer portal on January 18. He claimed offers from UVA and Kansas State on January 22, as well as an offer from Mississippi State on January 23. On January 22, after announcing the offers from the Cavaliers and Wildcats, the talented defensive back tweeted, “Making a decision real soon.”
Amos played in 33 games for the Wildcats, including 11 of 13 contests as a junior in 2019. His junior campaign was his best from a statistical standpoint, as the Philadelphia (PA) native totaled 50 tackles (40 solo), intercepted four passes, had 2.5 tackles for loss including a half a sack, and was credited with 11 pass deflections.
Amos returned two interceptions for touchdowns in 2019 and has four interception return scores in his collegiate career. The first of 2019 came in a season-opening win over a ranked Colgate team.
Jaquan Amos- Rip Joseph graves🖤
I’m letting my scars bleed in 2020 pic.twitter.com/v4885JuK3a
— 6️⃣ (@JaquanAmos) January 10, 2020
Virginia has officially announced the addition of two graduate transfers to the program this offseason in former Louisville cornerback Anthony Johnson and former Oklahoma State tight end Jelani Woods. Former Georgia Tech defensive end Chico Bennett Jr. has told TheSabre.com that he intends to transfer to UVA as well. Bennett Jr., who would play outside linebacker for the Hoos, says he plans to enroll in the Spring Semester 2021. As of this writing, no official announcement has been made on UVA’s end regarding Bennett Jr.
High School Recruiting: UVA Makes Three Cuts
Consensus 4-star defensive back Daylen Everette, a Norfolk (VA) native who attended Norview High School in Virginia before transferring to IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) before his junior year, revealed his top 12 schools in a tweet on January 16.
— Daylen Everette (@DaylenEverette) January 16, 2021
Since revealing his favorites, Everette has announced a scholarship offer from Notre Dame. The 6’2”, 180-pound junior is rated a 4-star safety by Rivals and a 4-star corner by 247Sports.
Heading west, Virginia made the top eight for 6’2”, 180-pound athlete Treyveon Longmire, a product of Corbin High School in Corbin, Kentucky. Longmire, a junior who has since added an offer from Oklahoma, revealed the top eight on January 18.
— Treyveon Longmire (@TreyveonLongmi1) January 18, 2021
Also announcing his top schools on January 18 was 6’4”, 245-pound junior Carsen Ryan, who has potential as a tight end or defensive lineman. Ryan, who stars at American Fork High School in American Fork, Utah, included BYU, Colorado, Nebraska, UCLA, Virginia and Washington in his top six.
— Carsen Ryan (@CarsenRyan) January 18, 2021
NEW CLASS OF 2022 OFFERS
The Hoos have been active in extending new scholarship offers recently, including to class of 2022 standouts. Here is a rundown of those juniors who claimed offers from UVA in the past week.
Austin Ausberry, Athlete, 6’1”, 185 pounds, University Lab (Baton Rouge, LA) (Ausberry attends the same school current UVA tailback Mike Hollins attended.)
Other Offers: Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, South Alabama, Tulane
Oliver Bridges, Cornerback, 6’2”, 180 pounds, Bullis School (Potomac, MD)
Other Offers: Cincinnati, Duke, Liberty, Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers
Caleb Coley, Cornerback, 6’0”, 160 pounds, Houston County (Warner Robins, GA)
Other Offers: Akron, Eastern Michigan, Kansas State, Kent State, Michigan State, Wake Forest
Mansoor Delane, Defensive Back/Wide Receiver, 6’1”, 175 pounds, Archbishop Spalding (Severn, MD) (Current Hoo defensive lineman Jahmeer Carter attended Archbishop Spalding.)
Other Offers: Maryland, Louisville, Temple, Toledo
JQ Hardaway, Athlete, 6’3”, 185 pounds, Central (Phenix City, AL)
Other Offers: Central Florida, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Southern Cal, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
Landon Ibieta, Wide Receiver, 6’0”, 185 pounds, Mandeville (LA)
Other Offers: Louisiana Tech, South Alabama, Tulane
Davison Igbinosun, Defensive Back, 6’3”, 185 pounds, Union (N.J.)
Other Offers: Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Notre Dame, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Rutgers, Yale
James Jointer, Running Back, 6’0”, 200 pounds, Parkview (Little Rock, AR)
Other Offers: Arizona State, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Boston College, Colorado, Florida State, Kansas, Kansas State, Liberty, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan State, Missouri, Utah, Virginia Tech
Andre Stewart, Cornerback, 6’1”, 170 pounds, Brookwood (Snellville, GA) (Decommitted from Auburn.)
Other Offers: Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn (re-offered by new staff)
THE LATEST HIT
Under Mendenhall, the Virginia football staff is known to get creative with memes it sends to recruits. Here is the latest one that seems to be catching the attention of recruits and current players alike.
— Jordan “LOCKDOWN” Allen (@jordanallen2022) January 20, 2021
— Austin Ausberry (@AusberryAustin) January 21, 2021
— Deuce✌🏾⭐️ † (@rodney_hill10) January 21, 2021
— Ronald “Champ” Lewis† (@chaamp7) January 20, 2021
— Jake Maikkula (@JakeMaikkula) January 20, 2021
— Chris Glaser (@Cglaser17) January 21, 2021