Virginia Football Recruiting Week In Review: Rodriguez, Witmer, Jackson Earn Wins

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Seven members of the University of Virginia football program’s class of 2021 were in action this past week. Six came away victorious.

Jacob Rodriguez, Quarterback, Rider (Wichita Falls, TX)

For the second straight game, Rodriguez threw four touchdown passes in a big Rider win. Last week’s victory was a 35-14 decision over Wylie, in which the future Hoo passed for 256 yards.

Rider head coach Marc Bindel discussed Rodriguez’ development as a passer in this article by Jordan Hofeditz of the Abilene Reporter-News.

”He’s really put a lot of work in, really for the last three years,” Bindel said of Rodriguez. “He’s always been an unbelievable runner, maybe one of the best to ever come through Rider which is saying a lot. But he’s always worked on his arm. I think his throwing has gotten so much better and his knowledge of the game. He put us in so many good positions.”

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Jack Witmer, Tight End, Cy-Fair (Cypress, TX)

Cy-Fair cruised to an 80-0 victory over Northbrook, notching win number six on the season. The undefeated Bobcats face 5-1 Memorial on Friday.

In last week’s win, the 6’6”, 230-pound Virginia commit had an easy touchdown reception in the win.

Noah Josey, Offensive Lineman, Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, TN)

Brentwood Academy edged Baylor, 21-20, to cap off an unbeaten regular season (10-0).

Charlie Patterson, Offensive Lineman, Fellowship Christian (Roswell, GA)

The Paladins remain unbeaten (8-0) with a 49-13 over King’s Ridge Christian last Friday. Patterson (#78), who plays right tackle, uploaded highlights of his performance to

James Jackson, Linebacker, North Cross (Roanoke, VA)

North Cross is 3-0 after defeating Fork Union, 28-20, for the second time this season. In the first matchup, Jackson and his teammates rolled over FUMA, 50-14.

Jackson made plays on both sides of the ball in North Cross’ latest victory. Though some schools recruited him as a receiver, UVA likes him as an outside linebacker.

Langston Long, Linebacker, Christ School (Arden, N.C.)

Christ School has reeled off three straight wins since dropping its first two games of 2020. The latest victory came on Halloween, when the Greenies downed Asheville School, 63-7.

Micah Gaffney, Cornerback, Spanish Fort (AL)

Spanish Fort lost to Daphne, 21-7, to close out the regular season at 7-3. The Toros, who had won seven consecutive games before last week, now turn their attention to the postseason. On Friday, they host McAdory in the first round of Class 6A playoffs.

Javin Burke, Athlete, Bradley Central (Cleveland, TN)

Bradley Central dropped to 7-3 after a 41-25 loss to McMinn County. Burke is sidelined for the year with a shoulder injury.

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