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David Watford – Photo by Dan Trevino Photography
Although West Virginia University offered as well, the race for Hampton (VA) quarterback David Watford ultimately came down to in-state rivals Virginia and Virginia Tech. On July 10, the Crabbers rising senior announced to a crowd at the Peninsula All-Star Football Camp that he “would play my college football at the University of Virginia.”
“A lot of people were surprised,” said the 6-1, 185-pound signal caller. “They thought I would go to Virginia Tech. My family knew I was going to UVa.
“A couple of months ago, I was actually leaning towards Virginia Tech. Over time, things went back to UVa. I liked UVa all along. Growing up, Virginia Tech was where I always wanted to go, but UVa just shot up past them.”
Watford cites UVa’s Spring Football Festival as a turning point in his recruitment.
“Being up there by all the coaches and being around other players and seeing how they reacted to Coach London, those things really helped me get to know UVa,” Watford said.
Virginia head coach Mike London, who attended Bethel High School in Hampton, certainly played a role as well.
“My aunts grew up with him and they knew who he was. That was a comforting thing,” Watford said. “I feel comfortable around Coach London because he is like one of my people. He is close like family.”
Watford committed to London and company two weeks before the July 10 announcement, saying, “He was very excited when I told him.”
Virginia has now scored 20 commitments in total with 12 of those prospects coming from the Commonwealth. The in-state recruiting success has resonated with Watford, who knows Phoebus linebacker Caleb Taylor and Menchville running back Clifton Richardson .
“It is a good thing,” Watford said of Virginia’s...
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