UVA Recruiting Notes

On the basketball recruiting front, I caught up with top 2009 class basketball recruit Tristan Spurlock . The 6-8, 216-pound forward is excited about his senior year and his future at the University of Virginia. He answered several questions, from which school he is attending his senior year to which Cavalier men’s basketball player he feels could step up this season.

Spurlock and Bethel (Hampton, VA) point guard Jontel Evans make up Virginia’s 2009 recruiting class so far.

Tristan Spurlock

Quick take with Tristan Spurlock

Where did Tristan finally end up for his senior year?…

“I’m at Word of Life in Springfield (Virginia). I really like it. For me, it was the head coach that made the difference. He is also the principal there. I sat down with him and I was real impressed. It may not be as big as some other schools, but I like it.”

Spurlock continues to do some recruiting for his future team…

“Since I mostly know 2010 kids, they are who I’ve been focusing on. I’ve talked to [John Marshall (Richmond, VA) forward] Travis McKie . I told him not to think about going too far (laughs). Whenever I talk to him, I try to tell him how good a school Virginia is.

“[Miller School (Charlottesville, VA) guard/forward] Mychal [Parker] is another guy I’m working on. He is a really good athlete.”

Spurlock reflected on deciding between Georgetown and Virginia…

“I think my mom was sold on Georgetown and my uncle liked Georgetown. I knew my mom liked Georgetown, but I knew she liked UVa, too. When I told her I wanted to go to UVa, she was all right with it. She knew it was my decision and she supported it.”

Spurlock plans on signing in November, but…

“I do plan to, but I honestly haven’t really thought about it. Regardless of when I sign, I know where I’m going. I’m going to Virginia. I’m a Cavalier and it doesn’t matter when I sign.”

2010 star forward and recent Duke commitment Josh Hairston , a friend of Spurlock’s, has already started the trash talk…

“He says Duke’s 2010 class is looking good and asks me how Virginia’s 2010 class is looking. That’s a little shot, but I just ask him who has won the ACC championship most recently. That is working for now.”

Tristan discussed which UVa player he feels will step up this season…

“I think Jeff Jones is going to surprise some people. And I think Sylven [Landesberg] is going to be the rookie of the year in the ACC. They are going to need him to score a lot and I think he can do it. I did almost get one on him when I scrimmaged against him earlier this year, though. I almost dunked on him. I just pushed it a little bit. I figured he is a McDonald’s All-American, so why not go for it? (laughs)”

Football recruiting – new offensive line targets?

Fork Union Military Academy postgraduate football head coach John Shuman has several linemen Division 1A coaches are eyeing. One is Daniel Overstreet out of Blacksburg, Virginia.

“We like him a lot,” Shuman said of Overstreet. “He is 6-6, 270 pounds. He can play guard or tackle. He is smart. He is like an Anthony Castonzo, Austin Pasztor type. I think he is a UVa/VT type of kid.”

UVa signed Canadian standout lineman Austin Pasztor , who played under Shuman, in last year’s class. Coach Shuman boasts another talented Canadian lineman in the 2009 class and Virginia is interested.

“Brander Craighead is a left tackle. He is 6-6, 270 pounds,” Shuman said. “A lot of people have come in and liked his footwork already. UVa has been in and the line coach already has him on their wait-and-see list. Most everybody likes what they see from him.”

According to a source, Brookville