The winter weather wiped out this weekend’s recruiting visits, leaving Bronco Mendenhall and company with essentially just one week to work with before National Signing Day. Wednesday, February 3, is the big day, but next week is the last week class of 2016 recruits can make visits before Signing Day.
As expected, Christian Baumgardner (TE, New Jersey), Holland Corbett (PK, Virginia), Tre Harbison (RB, North Carolina) and Matt Terrell (LB, Virginia) enrolled on Grounds this week after graduating from their respective high school’s last month. That left Virginia with 20 high school seniors committed to sign letters of intent on February 3; however, that number has now dropped to 19 with the latest decommitment.
Last night, Gilman (Baltimore, MD) offensive lineman Stephen Spanellis announced that he had flipped his commitment from UVA to Michigan after taking an official visit to Ann Arbor last weekend. His decision leaves the Cavaliers with only two offensive line recruits in the class of 2016.
With Spanellis’ decommitment, the offensive line moves to the forefront in terms of needs with the remaining scholarships. The staff wants a dual-threat quarterback and has a great chance with Devante Cross. Defensively, I expect the staff to address the front seven.
UVA did land a commitment from potential offensive tackle Ben Trent, a product of Woodberry Forest (VA). Trent told TheSabre.com that he was offered as a recruited walk-on.
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexandria, VA) senior tight end Andrew Trainer continues to be listed as a Virginia commitment on Rivals and 247Sports, but he no longer lists himself as a commitment on his Twitter account and there have been reports indicating the coaches may be looking in a different direction. We have not gained confirmation from Andrew, but it certainly appears there is a good chance he signs elsewhere.
Not including Trainer, 18 recruits are expected to sign with Virginia...
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