Commits McDonald, English Talk UVa

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It’s no secret the remaining University of Virginia football staff has been hot on the recruiting trail this week with the primary goal of keeping the 2013 class intact. Visits to Boston College High (Boston, MA) offensive lineman Jack English appear to have been successful, as both prospects claim to be solid to the Cavaliers.

McDonald Appears Solid After Visit From Lazor, Wachenheim

The dismissal of four assistant coaches caught UVa commitment Jack McDonald by surprise.

“Was not expecting those coaches to be fired….” – the 6’5″, 285-pound offensive line prospect tweeted on Sunday, which is when the coaching news broke.

Jim Reid, McDonald’s primary recruiter from UVa, was of course one of the four dismissed. The Boston College High (Boston, MA) standout senior had developed a tremendous amount of respect for Reid, so Sunday’s news understandably left him shaken. Cavalier assistants Bill Lazor and Scott Wachenheim traveled to Boston on Tuesday to try and smooth things over with the talented line recruit.

“I talked to Coach Wach and Coach Lazor on the phone, and then they came to my house on Tuesday,” McDonald said. “They came over and met with me and my family. It was good to get to know them more. They reassured me of why I decided to go to Virginia. Obviously some coaches have changed, but the offensive line coach is still there. The head coach is still there. And the things I loved about Virginia in the first place, like the academics, the campus, and the overall program… that stuff has not changed. That’s a big thing. I’m still in love with the school. I’m still solid with it. And I love those two coaches. They were great.”

McDonald’s importance to the class was emphasized by the two Virginia assistants.

“They just wanted to come over to let me know how important I am to the program and the success of it,” McDonald said. “They talked about how important the three offensive line commits are to Virginia. I’ve talked to [Brad Henson and Sadiq Olanrewaju] a lot the last few months. They seem like great guys. The Virginia coaches are excited about all of the offensive line prospects in this class. They also wanted to make sure my parents understood what was going on. They helped them feel better about it.”