Sabre Scoop: The Current In-State Landscape

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Eighty-eight players have signed with the University of Virginia in Mike London’s first four full recruiting classes as Cavalier head coach. Over half (47) of those players hail from the state of Virginia. Coach London has shown he can recruit outside of the state – the Maryland/DC area, where the Cavaliers have gone to sign 13 recruits the past four classes, for example – but the importance of recruiting the home state is evident.

UVa’s lone 2015 Class commitment hails from the Commonwealth. He is Altavista athlete Juan Thornhill, a player with potential on both sides of the ball but who will likely play defensive back in college. Including those we have confirmed directly plus those reported by Rivals and 247Sports, UVa has offered 23 other in-state juniors at this point. Ocean Lakes (Va. Beach) wide receiver/athlete Jaason Lewis, who is one of those 23 recruits, recently came off the board after committing to UCLA.

Analyzing those in-state recruits Virginia has offered so far (look for more offers to go out over the course of the winter and into the spring months), let’s take a look at where the Hoos stand with those players at this stage of the process.

UVa is the favorite or one of the favorites for…

– Bayside (Va. Beach) cornerback Jamez Brickhouse

Virginia has signed a Bayside product in each of the past five recruiting classes, so certainly Coach London has developed a pipeline there. Brickhouse is evaluating his options and I don’t think he is an absolute lock, but I do think Virginia has a great chance to land its sixth Marlin in as many classes.

– Northside (Roanoke) offensive lineman/defensive lineman Chance Hall

Hall is definitely exploring all of his options. Duke, Maryland, North Carolina and Old Dominion join UVa in having offered, but Hall grew up a Virginia fan and I see Virginia as the school to beat.

“His dad went to UVa. His mom went to Virginia Tech. His dad has taken him his whole life to games at UVa. He grew up a UVa fan, but at the end of the day he is about finding the best fit athletically as well as academically. He wants to see where the best school for him is,” Northside head coach Burt Torrence said.

A good two-way player, Hall has potential on either