Virginia Football Scores Commitment From Offensive Line Prospect Blake Steen

One day after receiving an official scholarship offer from the University of Virginia football program, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL) offensive line prospect Blake Steen announced his college decision.

Steen, who measures in at 6’5”, 315 pounds, becomes the sixth offensive line prospect to commit to the Hoos in the class of 2022. Virginia now boasts 16 recruits in total in the 2022 Class, including nine early signees and seven verbal commitments who can officially sign beginning Wednesday, February 2. UVA’s offensive line haul also includes one of Steen’s St. Thomas Aquinas teammates, center Dawson Alters.

Tony Elliott informed Steen of the scholarship offer while the Sunshine State standout was on Grounds on an official visit. Steen’s father, Daris, heaped praised on the first-year Cavalier head coach and offensive line coach Garett Tujague following the weekend trip to Charlottesville.

Steen, who is rated by 247Sports as a 3-star prospect and the no. 203 offensive tackle prospect in his class, chose UVA over reported offers from Vanderbilt, New Mexico State, Jackson State and Tennessee State, among others. His older brother, Tyler, started on Vanderbilt’s offensive line each of the past three seasons, seeing action at both tackle spots. Tyler is going through the recruiting process as well, having entered the transfer portal following the 2021 campaign.

Virginia Football’s Class Of 2022

– Dawson Alters, Offensive Lineman, 6’2″, 275 pounds, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL), COMMITTED
Rivals ranking: NR
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 144 interior offensive lineman in the class of 2022; No. 279 overall senior in Florida

– Tapuvae Amaama, Offensive Lineman, 6’5″, 330 pounds, Skyridge (Lehi, UT), COMMITTED
Rivals ranking: 3-star; No. 5 overall senior in Utah
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 80 interior offensive line prospect in the class of 2022; no. 26 overall senior in Utah

– Will Bettridge, Placekicker, 5’11”, 165 pounds, Gulliver Prep (Miami, FL), SIGNED
Rivals ranking: 3-star; No. 4 kicker in the class of 2022
247Sports ranking: 2-star; No. 3 kicker in the class of 2022; No 247 prospect in Florida in the class of 2022
Other rankings: 5-star, No. 1 underclass placekicker by Kornblue Kicking; 5-star, No. 7 class of 2022 kicker per Kohl’s Kicking

– McKale Boley, Offensive Lineman, 6’6″, 295 pounds, Oak Grove (Hattiesburg, MS), COMMITTED
Rivals ranking: 2-star
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 69 offensive tackle; No. 25 Mississippi

– Stevie Bracey, Linebacker, 6’1”, 215 pounds, The Lovett School (Atlanta, GA), ENROLLED
Rivals ranking: 3-star
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 82 linebacker; No. 70 Georgia

– Xavier Brown, Running Back/Athlete, 5’11”, 175 pounds, Lexington Christian (Lexington, KY), SIGNED
Rivals ranking: 3-star all-purpose running back; No. 8 Kentucky
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 85 running back; No. 10 Kentucky

– Delaney Crawford, Quarterback, 6’3″, 180 pounds, Corona (CA), SIGNED
Rivals ranking: NR
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 99 Quarterback; No. 182 California

– Houston Curry, Offensive Lineman, 6’7″, 265 pounds, Hillcrest (Simpsonville, S.C.), COMMITTED
Rivals ranking: 3-star
247 Sports ranking: NR

– Noah DeMeritt, Offensive Lineman, 6’5″, 340 pounds, Camden County (Kingsland, GA), COMMITTED
Rivals ranking: 3-star
247Sports ranking: NR

– Karson Gay, Tight End, 6’6”, 225 pounds, Boyd Buchanan (Chattanooga, TN), SIGNED
Rivals ranking: 3-star; No. 32 Tennessee
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 32 tight end; No. 16 Tennessee

– Terrell Jones, Defensive Lineman, 6’5″, 255 pounds, Hoover (AL), COMMITTED
Rivals ranking: 3-star
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 181 defensive lineman; No. 63 Alabama

– Davis Lane Jr., Quarterback, 6’2”, 195 pounds, Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg, VA), ENROLLED
Rivals ranking: 3-star; No. 40 Virginia
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 56 quarterback; No. 25 Virginia

– Trey McDonald, Linebacker, 6’4”, 225 pounds, Baylor (Chattanooga, TN), SIGNED
Rivals ranking: 3-star; No. 39 Tennessee
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 129 linebacker; No. 39 Tennessee

– Blake Steen, Offensive Linebacker, 6’5”, 315 pounds, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL), COMMITTED
Rivals ranking: NR
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 203 offensive tackle; No. 271 Florida

– Dakota Twitty, Wide Receiver, 6’4”, 215 pounds, Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (Mooresboro, N.C.), SIGNED
Rivals ranking: 3-star; No. 76 wide receiver; No. 13 North Carolina
247Sports ranking: 4-star; No. 44 wide receiver; No. 9 North Carolina

– Sean Wilson, Wide Receiver, 6’5”, 210 pounds, Canarsie (Brooklyn, N.Y.), SIGNED
Rivals ranking: 3-star
247Sports ranking: 3-star; No. 241 wide receiver; No. 10 New York

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  1. Lots of last-minute large bodies, not much highly rated talent due to coaching change.
    It feels like we’re letting in recruits through the front door while transferring veterans are sneaking out the back door. Reminds me of running water in the bath tub while there’s no stopper in the drain.

  2. Yeah, from famine to feast. However, this is the better problem. We can coach up these big bodies who are green, and rely now on transfers. Also, one or more of them will switch to DL from OL. Most interesting would be finding one or two of these jumbo bodies who could become a jumbo fullback.

    1. NO, NO HooooDat, don’t go down that road, the Mendenhall/Anae road of gimmickry football. Just line ’em and play 11 on 11. Hand it to Hollins (the under-used STUD, and NFL caliber back). If Brennan Armstrong only has 3000 yards passing, I bet we win 9 games, if he has 4449 yds. passing, we are playing from behind and losing. Clem, UGa, Ohio St. Okla and Ala. all run first, then pass and all they do is WIN. That should be our plan too.

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