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Spearheading Virginia’s efforts on the recruiting trail, Jeff Hanson, UVa’s Recruiting Coordinator and defensive line coach, took some time for a “Quick Take” with TheSabre.com. The prevailing message is obvious. It has been a theme since coach Mike London took over the Cavaliers’ program. Without question, the state of Virginia is a priority for this football staff.
So far, the staff has hosted several junior day events. This past weekend, the Cavaliers headed to Old Dominion University for a spring scrimmage to show how serious the program is about being a major presence in the Tidewater area.
“Coach London felt like it was important to get back in the 757 area code and make a presence down there and let people know that we’re going to recruit the in-state area hard and make ourselves available to those people,” Hanson said. “There’s been a lot of great talent down there in the past. It’s a very, very good recruiting area. We just felt like, going down there and taking our show down there and getting around the high school coaches down there would be good for us.”
The staff is looking for more success than just Tidewater, though, as Coach Hanson discusses in the “Quick Take.”
Chris: What is the most important thing in terms of getting back in with the in-state recruits?
Hanson: “Basically, what we’re trying to do is to develop the relationships again in-state with the high school coaches. I think they know Coach London, what kind of guy he is. A lot of the guys on this staff have been in this state for a long time, like Anthony Poindexter, Chip West, Coach Reid. We’ve all been in the state. They know who we are, know what we’re all about, know that we’re honest people and we’ll recruit the state of Virginia hard and take in-state kids and try to get as many in-state kids as we can.”
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