Jimmy Christ claimed his first scholarship offer back in September of 2017. It was from Bronco Mendenhall, who signed Jimmy’s brother, Tommy, as part of his first full recruiting class as University of Virginia head coach seven months prior.
Thirty-nine other schools – Clemson, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State and Stanford, among others – joined Virginia in offering the now 6’7”, 285-pound Dominion High School (Sterling, VA) rising senior, who Rivals ranks as a 4-star prospect, the no. 3 overall rising senior in Virginia and the no. 22 offensive tackle in the class of 2020.
“I didn’t expect it to blow up the way it did,” the 2018 Class 4 All-State First-Team selection said of his recruitment.
This spring, “I knew I needed to make a decision soon,” Christ said.
A consistent visitor to Charlottesville since Tommy enrolled on Grounds in the summer of 2017, Jimmy made multiple unofficial visits to Penn State, visited Maryland and North Carolina, and took official visits to Notre Dame and Oklahoma before he headed to UVA on April 26 for the start of what would turn out to be his final official visit.
New Fauquier High School (VA) head coach Karl Buckwalter, who served as Dominion’s head varsity football coach from 2008-2018, never asked Christ what school he was favoring. However, Buckwalter admitted that most at DHS felt the talented tackle prospect would choose Penn State. Notre Dame was another school that some felt may ultimately land Christ. Oklahoma impressed as well, but by Sunday (April 28) of his Virginia official, Christ knew he wanted to be a Cavalier.
“It was more of a gut feeling,” Christ answered when asked how he arrived at his college choice. “I wasn’t really sure going into [the Virginia official], but on Sunday I knew and told my parents. I waited and called on Sunday night.”
A “gut feeling” sealed Christ’s decision, but of course there were some specific factors that swayed him to Charlottesville, including …
“The coaching staff and knowing everyone there, from the players to the coaches,” Christ answered when asked for the top three reasons why he chose Virginia.
“The program going in the right direction.
“And distance. A lot of...
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