Virginia Football Recruiting Notes: More Prospects Set Official Visits To UVA

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A verbal commitment from linebacker Trey McDonald wasn’t the only big recruiting news for the University of Virginia this past Sunday. In addition to the pledge from the 3-star standout out of Baylor School (Chattanooga, TN), UVA also made the top five for 5-star in-state offensive line prospect Zach Rice.

Alabama, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Ohio State round out Rice’s favorites list. The next step of his decision-making process is official visits.

Rice, who attends Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg, VA), is the consensus top prospect in Virginia in the class of 2022. 247Sports (no. 11) and Rivals.com (no. 17) rank the 6’6”, 300-pound junior as a top 20 prospect in his class nationally.

According to this article on Rivals.com, Rice has scheduled his official visit to UVA for the weekend of June 11-13.

Another talented in-state offensive line prospect is scheduled to take an official on Grounds the weekend after Rice. He is Brody Meadows, a 6’7”, 315-pound tackle out of Graham (Bluefield, VA) who has held an offer from the Hoos since September of 2018.

Meadows, who also revealed that he will take an official visit to West Virginia June 11-13, claims offers from Arizona State, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan State, Purdue, Rutgers, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, among others.

Last week, Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, CO) 3-star junior offensive lineman Jake Maikkula announced that he plans to take an official visit to UVA.

Hoos Host Pair Of Offensive Line Prospects

Four-star offensive lineman Fisher Anderson explored a trio of ACC schools this past week, visiting Virginia Tech, UVA and North Carolina. Because of the NCAA dead period, the Franklin (TN) product could not meet in person with coaches from any of the staffs.

Anderson, a 6’7″, 265-pound prospects, boasts scholarship offers from all three ACC programs as well as Auburn, Baylor, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Penn State and Tennessee, among others.

Sullivan Weidman, a 6’6”, 300-pound junior out of Dexter Southfield School (Brookline, MA), is on a visit to Nebraska today (March 23) after touring Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Virginia in recent days. Weidman claimed a scholarship offer from UVA last May. Other offers include Arizona State, Boston College, Duke, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, and West Virginia.

Stay tuned to TheSabre.com for updates on these prospects and their recruitments in the coming days/weeks.

Ryan, Woolfolk Shine In Wins

UVA class of 2021 recruits Jay Woolfolk and Aidan Ryan turned in special performances in leading their respective schools to victory this past weekend.

Ryan, a 6’1”, 185-pound senior who is projected to play safety at Virginia, rushed for four touchdowns and threw for another as James Monroe (Fredericksburg, VA) recorded its first win of the season. The Yellow Jackets (1-3) posted 34 second-half points for the 48-31 victory over Chancellor.

Ryan, James Monroe’s quarterback, rushed for 279 yards. Click here for a full game story by the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star.

Woolfolk, who will begin his Cavalier career as a quarterback, displayed his abilities on both sides of the ball in Richmond (VA) Benedictine’s 45-7 victory over St. Christopher’s (Richmond, VA). The 5’11”, 190-pound senior had three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, to keep the Cadets undefeated at 3-0.

In addition to his defensive performance, Woolfolk threw for 132 yards and a touchdown as well. (Benedictine posted a game recap on Hudl. Woolfolk is #9 in the white jerseys. One of his completions is to #1, Dillon Tennyson, who will head to UVA as a recruited walk-on.

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