Virginia Cavaliers Football Recruiting Week In Review: New Hoo Noah Josey, Brentwood Academy Remain Unbeaten

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Fresh off of announcing his verbal commitment to the University of Virginia, Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, TN) 4-star offensive lineman Noah Josey helped his team remain undefeated in the 2020 season with a 27-21 win over Knoxville Catholic last Saturday afternoon.

Brentwood Academy improves to 7-0 in 2020. Josey, a 6’5”, 300-pound senior, has posted highlights from the first four games of his senior season. The 2021 Under Armour All-American announced his commitment to UVA last Thursday night.

Keeping with Virginia’s class of 2021 offensive line recruits, tackle prospect Charlie Patterson and Fellowship Christian (Roswell, GA) remain unbeaten through four games after a 27-0 victory over North Cobb Christian.

A player Josey and Patterson may well block for in their time in Charlottesville, Rider (Wichita Falls, TX) dual-threat quarterback Jacob Rodriguez, turned in a second straight top performance to start the 2020 campaign.

One week after amassing 288 yards of offense and five touchdowns in a win over Midland, the 6’3”, 210-pound Rodriguez totaled 309 yards of offense (167 rushing, 142 passing) and three scores as Rider defeated Independence, 42-35. Two of the senior standout’s touchdowns came on the ground as Rider racked up 330 yards rushing in total. He added a touchdown pass as well.

It appears UVA running back commit Amaad Foston remains sidelined with a leg injury, but that didn’t stop John Milledge Academy (Milledgeville, GA) from recording its third straight victory to start 2020. JMA beat Pinewood Christian, 28-0.

Javin Burke, who is listed as an “athlete” because of his potential on both sides of the ball (wide receiver or defensive back are most likely for him at Virginia), watched his Bradley Central (Cleveland, TN) teammates capture their fifth straight win with a 42-25 victory over Cleveland. Bradley Central dropped its season opener before embarking on this win streak.

The 6’1”, 200-pound Burke, who was his team’s starting quarterback, is out for the season because of a shoulder injury.

Jack Witmer, a tight end prospect who pledged to UVA over the summer, chipped in a 24-yard touchdown reception as Cy-Fair (Cypress, TX) captured a 44-27 win over Cypress Park to improve to 2-0. The 6’7”, 230-pound Witmer posted highlights of his performance on Hudl.

Moving to the defensive side of the ball, future Virginia defensive lineman Hugh Laughlin helped Athens Academy (Athens, GA) to a 62-12 win over Providence Christian Academy last week. Athens Academy is perfect on the year at 4-0.

Linebacker prospect West Weeks has a talented Oconee County (Watkinsville, GA) squad off to a 4-0 start after a 44-14 win over Thomasville last week. The Warriors’ star senior posted the following play from the win:


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Like Weeks, fellow Cavalier linebacker recruit James Jackson stars in multiple roles for his high school team. Last week, Jackson recorded four receptions for 47 yards as North Cross (Roanoke, VA) downed Fork Union Military Academy, 50-14. Jackson was recruited by some schools to play offense, but he told TheSabre.com’s in this EDGE report that outside linebacker is his likely landing spot in Charlottesville.

“On the defense, outside linebacker, that’s the position I’m getting most right now with Coach Poppinga being my main recruiter,” said Jackson. “He told me, and I feel like I can play multiple positions on the defense. I’ll play any linebacker position, inside or outside, anywhere I can help. Defense is where I want to play. Some schools wanted me to play offense. At Virginia, the linebackers, they use them all in different ways. Noah Taylor, Charles Snowden, Zane Zandier … they all play different positions, from how they get after the quarterback to how they are used in pass coverage to how they are used in the run game.”

North Cross is 2-0 in 2020.

Spanish Fort (AL), which features Virginia cornerback commit Micah Gaffney, has now reeled off four straight wins after dropping its first two games of the season. Gaffney and company took down Saraland last week, 24-21.

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