— Anthony “AJ” Holmes Jr (@AnthonyJr10_) June 3, 2021
The first of four consecutive weekends of the University of Virginia football program hosting class of 2022 prospects on official visits begins today. Two of UVA’s five verbal commitments in the class will be on Grounds this weekend, and they will be joined by some uncommitted targets.
(Note: Below is a rundown of those rising we have confirmed as weekend official visits. We will update this article if any new names surface.)
OFFICIAL VISITORS, JUNE 4-6
Ryan Baer, OL, Eastlake North (Eastlake, OH)
In addition to Virginia, the 6’7”, 320-pound Baer claims offers from Baylor, Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia. Later this month he is scheduled to officially visit Illinois (June 11-13), Kentucky (June 18-20) and Tennessee (June 25-27).
UVA’s last offensive line recruit from the Buckeye State was Chris Glaser, who is entering his fifth year in the program and has 32 starts in his Cavalier career. Glaser hails from Solon, Ohio, which is 30 minutes away from Eastlake.
Stevie Bracey, LB, Lovett (Atlanta, GA)
The 3-star from the Peach State verbally committed to Virginia last month, choosing the Hoos over Indiana, Minnesota and Syracuse, among others. He attends the same school that produced UVA starting inside linebacker Nick Jackson.
Demond Claiborne, RB, King William (VA)
The 5’10”, 185-pound Claiborne is a speedy back who has received five Power 5 offers, including Purdue, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia. Claiborne visited Wake Forest earlier this week, tweeting about the experience here.
Virginia is recruiting Claiborne as a running back.
— Demond Claiborne (@ClaiborneDemond) May 16, 2021
Jeremiah Dillon, WR, Tylertown (MS) (Official Visit per Rivals and 247Sports)
Rivals and 247Sports are reporting that the 6’2”, 170-pound Dillon will be on Grounds on an official this weekend. In addition to Virginia, he is considering scholarship offers from in-state programs Mississippi and Southern Miss and out-of-state schools such as Houston and Tulane.
Will Hardy, S, Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross, GA)
6’2”, 185-pound prospect Will Hardy has committed to the Hoos as a safety. He considered scholarship offers from hometown Georgia Tech as well as Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and others before pledging to UVA.
Leon Haughton Jr., WR, Benedictine (Richmond, VA)
The 6’4”, 195-pound wide receiver prospect recently revealed Georgia, Maryland, Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech as his top seven schools. In an interview with TheSabre.com last month, he discussed why he is taking an official visit to UVA and what he wants to see this weekend.
“As far as what’s driving me to see the Virginia campus more, Coach Hagans and Coach Mendenhall have made a great impression on me,” Haughton Jr. said. “They care about me as a person more than an athlete. That’s the main key factor as to why I want to take an official visit to Virginia.”
“I want to see how the football team acts around each other, whether they are a brotherhood and if they stick together, Haughton Jr. said. “I want to see how the team is around each other.”
Two Benedictine standouts are enrolling on Grounds this summer – scholarship quarterback Jay Woolfolk and recruited walk-on wide receiver Dillon Tennyson. Tennyson happens to be Haughton Jr.’s best friend. Could the Hoos bring the talented wideout into the fold this weekend? I wouldn’t rule it out, but an unofficial visit to Georgia is scheduled for next week and Haughton Jr. was excited about exploring Athens. .
Anthony Holmes Jr., DL, Westfield (Houston, TX)
The 6’2”, 275-pound rising senior is a consensus 3-star prospect who is also considering offers from Colorado, Duke, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, SMU, Southern Miss, South Florida, Tulane and Tulsa.
UVA Football Recruiting Notes
– The recruiting dead period ended May 31, and UVA kicked off the “reopening” of recruiting by hosting in-state class of 2022 quarterback Davis Lane on Tuesday. Lane, who attends Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg, VA), landed an offer from the Hoos after working out in front of QBs Coach Jason Beck.
After a great workout in Charlottesville with coach Beck, I am blessed and honored to have received an offer from the University of Virginia!! #Gohoos 🔸🔹⚔️ @Coach_Beck7 @CoachMendenhall @LindellStone @UNDEFEATEDQBT @mdotbell_ pic.twitter.com/U0eVrbAyNU
— Davis Lane (@DavisLane_) June 1, 2021
UVA is in strong position with the 6’2” signal caller, who previously earned offers from Army, Navy and Old Dominion, among others.
– On Wednesday (June 2), UVA hosted highly recruited class of 2024 prospect Desmond Ricks on an unofficial visit. The 6’2”, 180-pound cornerback is a native of Chesapeake (VA) who enrolled at IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) this past school year.
Ricks claims offers from Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Jackson State, LSU, Miami, Morgan State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech in his young career.
– UVA running backs coach Mark Atuaia took to Twitter to express his excitement for this weekend.
— UVACoachAtuaia (@UVACoachAtuaia) June 4, 2021