Camp Yields Impressive DE Commit

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The University of Virginia’s tremendous spring and summer recruiting run continued today, when the Cavaliers received a verbal commitment from 6-5, 260-pound defensive end prospect Justin Renfrow . Renfrow, a standout from William Penn Charter High School in Philadelphia, is the 17th rising high school senior to commit to Virginia. All but two of UVa’s commitments have come in the spring and summer.

“I committed today,” said Renfrow, who returned home yesterday from Virginia’s camp. “They offered after seeing me at camp on Tuesday. I had decided that I wanted to go there if they offered.”

Connecticut, Duke, North Carolina, Stanford, Temple and West Virginia had also offered Renfrow, who tallied 56 tackles including eight sacks as a junior last season. A good athlete, he averaged a double-double in points and rebounds for Penn Charter’s basketball team this past season.

Renfrow boasted impressive offers, but his comfort level with Virginia’s coaches ultimately gave the Cavaliers the edge.

“The main factor in my decision is my relationship with Coach Belin and Coach [Al] Groh, especially after going to camp this week and having a workout with Coach Belin. I liked how he coached,” Renfrow said. “Even when I did something wrong, he didn’t come down hard on me. He just showed me how to do it right. He also worked me out doing a lot of things I know, so I picked up a lot of things right away. I also had developed a good connection with him before when I went there for [two] spring practices [this year].”

The Penn Charter star’s commitment really came down to three schools.

“It was Virginia and Duke and U-Conn was also in the mix,” Renfrow said. “Duke was leading heading into Virginia’s camp. Seeing Coach Groh and seeing the success of his program this past year did it for me.

“Originally, I wanted to wait to make a decision. As I went through the camps – and I got offered at every camp I went to – I was getting time to spend at each campus. I figured there was no reason to wait any longer.”

Virginia has done well in recruiting Philadelphia area schools in recent