UVa’s First 2007 Commitment: Woodside LB Jared Detrick

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The University of Virginia landed its first commitment of the 2007 recruiting class today, as Woodside (Newport News, VA) linebacker prospect Jared Detrick pledged to the ‘Hoos. Detrick is an athletic 6-2, 230-pound prospect who will be a four-year starter on the varsity level for head coach Danny Dodson.

< ?php include(getenv("DOCUMENT_ROOT") . "/sabreincludes/realMedia/box.html"); ?>“I talked to him earlier today, and he apparently decided to go ahead and commit to Virginia,” Dodson said of Detrick. “He talked about the academic part being important to him, the school being close by and coach London being from the area as things he liked.”

UVa is recruiting Detrick as an inside linebacker. This past season, Detrick started out at linebacker but ended up playing the defensive end position for most of the season. He played well, finishing the season with around 60 tackles. Detrick has excellent athleticism that should translate well to linebacker.

“He had a really good season for us last year,” Dodson said. “He started out at linebacker, but we had some problems at defensive end so we moved him there. He did a real nice job there. He had four or five knock-downs from the line and adjusted well to the position. He’s probably a linebacker on the next level. He runs real well. He has a high jump of 5 feet, 9 inches. He can dunk a basketball. And, he’s very coachable.”

In addition to the offer from Virginia, Detrick was getting serious Division 1A interest from a number of other programs including Michigan and Tennessee, among others.

Detrick’s primary recruiter here is new UVa defensive coordinator Mike London, and coach London’s presence had a big impact in the mind of Dodson.

“I think that was a big part of Jared’s decision,” Dodson said. “I know coach London saw film of Jared as a sophomore and liked some things then. And I know they’d like to recruit this area more.”

Academically, Detrick is “in good shape” according to coach Dodson.

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