Football coach Tony Elliott has said several times since taking the helm in December that he loves everything Virginia has to offer and believes recruits will see that too if the coaches can get them on Grounds. This weekend lends credit to that theory as the Hoos picked up a pair of commitments from recent visitors.
On Sunday afternoon, cornerback Jarvis Lee out of Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Florida, committed to the Wahoos. The 2023 3-star prospect also has offers from Iowa State, Memphis, Washington State, and Appalachian State among others. He visited UVA to start the weekend and then committed.
On Monday, defensive lineman Miles Greene followed suit. The 2023 prospect out of Highland Springs in Virginia also has offers from Duke, Boston College, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, and more. He recently took a visit as well.
Both players announced their commitments on Twitter.
— Jarvis Lee (@JarvisLeeJR) June 5, 2022
— Miles Greene (@MilesGreene11) June 6, 2022
Lee reported a 4.49 40-yard dash time and a 4.3 shuttle time on his Hudl profile (check out Hudl highlights here). At 6’0”, 173 pounds he could be a solid matchup corner at the college level. The 247Sports composite rating labels him as the No. 69 cornerback in the 2023 class. He had a punt return touchdown last season and a kickoff return touchdown in his high school’s spring game. Lee has 7 interceptions in his high school career, including 3 last season. He also plays basketball at Clay High, but is a January enrollee candidate for 2023.
This commitment addresses a need in the 2023 class. The Cavaliers took no commitments from defensive backs in the 2022 class. Javin Burke, Jonas Sanker, Aidan Ryan, Micah Gaffney, William Simpkins III, and Langston Long all landed in the defensive backfield from the 2021 class. Sanker and Long saw some time as freshmen last fall, while Simpkins had some notable moments this spring and Ryan caught the eyes of fans at the Virginia Blue-White Spring Game.
Greene has played both defensive tackle and defensive end at Highland Springs, which is a model the new coaching staff likes with the scheme now in play at UVA. At 6’4”, 245 pounds, he could grow into a frame similar to Ben Smiley III on the current roster. He became the third in-state commitment for the Hoos this cycle, joining Patriot offensive lineman Cole Surber and Massaponax running back/athlete Donte Hawthorne.
The rising senior earned first-team all-state honors on the defensive line last season. Greene tallied 56 tackles (nine for losses) with 5 sacks and 2 pass break-ups (check out Hudl highlights here). The 247Sports composite rating places him as the No. 93 defensive lineman in the country. His brother Malcolm Greene plays at Clemson, which is where Coach Elliott worked prior to Virginia. His older brother Mike Greene played at JMU and recently signed with Tampa Bay in the NFL.