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Johns, shown here at Virginia's Junior Day on March 1, is expected at UVa's camp on Sunday (photo courtesy of Johns)
Johns, shown here at Virginia’s Junior Day on March 1, is expected at UVa’s camp on Sunday (photo courtesy of Johns)

Virginia football will host its first one-day camp of 2014 on Sunday. We will be on hand for coverage of the event, which typically begins around 9 am and lasts into the early afternoon hours. A talented group is expected on Grounds, including Florida native Grant Polk, a 6’6”, 290-pound offensive line prospect, as well as Virginia class of 2015 quarterback commitment Nick Johns and Randolph-Henry (Charlotte Courthouse, VA) rising junior wide receiver Joseph Reed.

Polk recently landed a Virginia offer. This will be his first visit to UVa, but he spoke highly of the Hoos in a May 27 article on the EDGE.

“Everything I’ve heard is really good, academics and football-wise,” Polk said of UVa. “Virginia has been a school I definitely have paid attention to. They didn’t have a great season last year, but I still like ‘em.”

Polk would like to commit by the end of July, though he did not rule out committing earlier if he finds the right fit. UVa has its chance to impress – and possibly emerge as the favorite – on Sunday.

Reed, a 6’2”, 200-pound prospect, grew up a Virginia fan. Coach London offered following the Cavaliers’ 2014 Spring Game.

“[Reed] and I went up – not for the Spring Game but the Saturday before – and they treated him really well,” Randolph-Henry head coach Jay Cole said in an April 15 EDGE article on Reed. “He spent time with players before practice and enjoyed that. Marques (Hagans) called me a few days later and told me they were going to offer. I told Marques that [Reed] hearing it come from them on a day like the Spring Game would mean a lot. According to [Reed], he has been a Virginia fan his whole life.”

A commitment probably won’t come this weekend, but Virginia is in strong shape right now with the athletic Reed.

Following Sunday’s event, UVa will host its annual 7-on-7 Tournament and Big Man Camp on June 14. There will be two more one-day camps – on June 21 and July 23 – as well as a Specialist Camp (Place-kickers, Punters, Long Snappers) on June 20 and a Team Camp that spans from July 20-23.

UVa A “Dream School” For Petrishen

Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, PA) John Petrishen certainly is pleased to have offer from the University of Virginia. Earlier this week UVa became the first BCS school to offer the 6’2”, 197-pound prospect, who saw action at wide receiver, free safety, kick returner and punt returner last season as a junior. Virginia, led by primary recruiter Mike Archer, likes him as a free safety.

Petrishen calls UVa “one of my dream schools” because of its combination of academics and athletics. The offer has caused him to consider making a commitment earlier than he initially planned.

“Before Virginia offered I wasn’t planning on committing any time soon, but I have said it is one of my dream schools,” Petrishen said. “I want to take a visit soon, me and my family. I’ve heard nothing but great things about UVa’s campus. I could now see myself pulling the trigger this summer, but before that I saw myself committing after the season. I’m just going to take it one day at a time.”

UVa is in strong position, but again Petrishen has yet to visit. He says he could visit as soon as next week, but nothing is definitively scheduled. He will be at Pitt this week for camp. The Panthers have not offered at this point.

I’ll have a full report on Petrishen up this weekend.