UVA Junior Day Notes: Linemen Leave Impressed

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail to someoneGoogle+share on TumblrShare on Reddit

This past Saturday’s Junior Day recruiting event was the second such event in as many weekends for the UVA football program. Neither weekend resulted in a commitment, but Bronco Mendenhall and company do seem to be making some inroads on the class of 2017 recruiting trail.


No question, the offensive and defensive lines will be a major focus for Virginia in the 2017 Class. At least one new line scholarship offer was extended on Saturday, and that was to Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) junior Johnny Jordan. The 6’3”, 290-pound Jordan was offered as an interior lineman, either a center or guard.

“The offer means a lot to me,” Jordan wrote in a Twitter direct message. “I have two former high school teammates on UVA’s roster so it would be nice to play with them again. UVA would probably be near the top of the schools that have offered me. I really liked what I saw on my visit yesterday.”

In addition to the offer from UVA, Jordan claims offers from Kentucky, Memphis, Marshall, Maryland, North Carolina and Syracuse. He attended a Virginia one-day camp last summer, when Mike London was still the Cavalier head coach.

“I really liked getting to meet Coach Mendenhall and Coach Tujague,” Jordan wrote. “They are both all about family and all about having strong relationships. I have talked to [former Gonzaga teammate and current UVA QB Nick Johns], he said that Coach Mendenhall works them harder than he has ever been worked before. He said its all about toughness with Coach Mendenhall.”

Tyler Fannin, a center prospect out of Georgia, was offered by the Hoos last month and says UVA is “definitely one of my top choices because of the staff and the awesome school.”

Cincinnati, East Carolina, Illinois, Kansas State and Marshall are among the other schools that have offered the 6’3”, 290-pound Fannin, whose brother, Josh, will be a red-shirt freshman offensive lineman at Middle Tennessee State next season. Virginia’s area recruiter at Mill Creek High School (Hoschton, GA) is Ruffin McNeil, who recruited Josh while at East Carolina.

Visits to Cincinnati, North Carolina, Tennessee and ECU await Tyler, who plans to make a commitment in July. UVA made a very strong impression with