Virginia Football Recruiting Notes: Cavaliers Make “Top” Lists For Three Top Juniors

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Keaten Wade and his twin brother, Destin Wade, each revealed their top 9 schools on Tuesday (Feb. 9). The University of Virginia made the list for both prospects, who added that they remain open to all schools.

Keaten, a 6’5”, 225-pound junior, is rated a 4-star outside linebacker by and a 3-star outside linebacker by 247Sports. Destin, who measures in at 6’3”, 215 pounds, is rated as a 3-star dual-threat quarterback prospect by 247Sports and a 4-star “athlete” by Rivals.

Arizona State, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi, Virginia and West Virginia appear on both lists. A little over one year ago, Keaten told Tom Kreager of the Nashville Tennessean that he thinks he and his brother “want to play together at the next level.”

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Virginia football is in hot pursuit of more class of 2022 prospects from Tennessee, a state the Cavaliers have recruited fairly well in the Mendenhall era. In fact, the Hoos have signed at least one prospect from the state in each of Mendenhall’s five full recruiting classes as Cavalier head coach. Three Tennessee natives, including midyear enrollee defensive back Javin Burke, Under Armour All-American offensive lineman Noah Josey, and athletic defensive lineman Michael Diatta, signed with Virginia in the class of 2021.

Shannon Blair and Anthony Brown join the Wade brothers as top Tennessee class of 2022 targets for Virginia. Blair, a 6’0”, 175-pound wide receiver/cornerback out of Knoxville West, and Brown, a 6’2”, 190-pound athlete out of Milan High School, tweeted some “love” from the Hoos recently.

Duke, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Coastal Carolina, and, as of yesterday, Purdue, are among the other schools that have joined UVA in offering Blair. Meanwhile, Brown claims offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Boston College, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Duke, Indiana, Oregon and Tennessee in addition to the Hoos.

Kelly Includes Virginia In Top 8

Omari Kelly, a 6’2”, 180-pound wide receiver prospect out of Alabama, revealed his top eight schools earlier this week as well. Barring a change, Kelly’s focus is on Oklahoma, Virginia, and six SEC programs including 2019 and 2020 national champions LSU and Alabama.

Below is a look at the talented junior out of Hewitt-Trussville High School. UVA signed its first Alabama native in Mendenhall era in last year’s class, inking cornerback Micah Gaffney, who starred at Spanish Fort High.

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