LaNorris Sellers, a 6’3”, 215-pound quarterback prospect out of South Carolina, is the first member of the class of 2023 to commit to the University of Virginia football program. The South Florence High School (Florence, S.C.) product chose the Hoos over offers from Virginia Tech, Washington State, Georgia State and Appalachian State.
— LaNorris Sellers (@LanorriSellers) July 24, 2021
Virginia Quarterbacks Coach Jason Beck and Wide Receivers Coach Marques Hagans – the latter a former Cavalier signal caller himself – expressed their excitement about the news.
— Jason Beck (@Coach_Beck7) July 24, 2021
Game changer on deck!!!
— Marques Hagans (@coachmhagans) July 24, 2021
Sellers has demonstrated the dual-threat capabilities UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall covets at the quarterback position. The Bruins’ starting signal caller passed for 1,077 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 618 yards and 13 scores this past season as a sophomore.
A quality character in the locker room, South Florence head coach Drew Marlowe described Sellers as one of the “best kids” and “best players” on his team in this article by SCNow.com reporter Scott Chancey.
“We’re all really excited for him,” Marlowe told SCNow.com after Sellers was offered by Washington State, which was the first school to offer a scholarship. “It helps when the best kids in your program are also the best players. That helps you build a solid program. He’s an outstanding student, worker and athlete. And now to put him before the rest of the team and say, ‘Look, if you want offers and want to go big time, you’ve got to do the things (Sellers) is doing. He’s a great example for everyone to follow.”
Sellers, who can’t make his commitment official until December of 2022, gives the Hoos another talented dual-threat signal caller in the program. When he arrives on Grounds, UVA’s quarterback depth chart is projected to include Iraken Armstead (projected redshirt junior in 2023), Jacob Rodriguez (projected redshirt sophomore or junior), Jay Woolfolk (projected redshirt sophomore or junior) and Davis Lane (projected redshirt freshman or sophomore). There is a chance (albeit an unlikely one) that Brennan Armstrong could be on the roster if he were to utilize the free year of eligibility given during the COVID-19 season of 2020.
UVA has signed three South Carolina natives during Coach Mendenhall’s tenure. All three are on the roster heading into the 2021 campaign, and they include placekicker Hunter Pearson, defensive back Fentrell Cypress II, and star wide receiver Lavel Davis Jr.