“And …” Message Hit Home With Virginia Football Commit Josh Rawlings

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Of all of the University of Virginia football program’s guiding principles, one particularly resonated with Josh Rawlings when was on his official visit in Charlottesville earlier this month.

“A big thing [Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall] pushed was being able to have football and education,” Rawlings said. “There was a sign that read, ‘And …,’ and that spoke to me because some people want to limit athletes. There, you’re not just an athlete. You’re an athlete and a student. I loved that saying. Football is not going to be who I am.”

Rawlings’ player host, Terrell Jana, reiterated Virginia’s commitment to excellence on and off the field.

“He said it’s not always about football at Virginia,” Rawlings recalled. “The coaches are pushing the players to get out in the community and contribute, to support the community. He played the piano as well. I play a few instruments myself.”

“I felt like the players were just like me,” Rawlings added.

Of the coaching staff, Rawlings noted: “I had met a few of the coaches before the visit, and then met the rest on the visit. I swear it felt so natural. I cannot stress this enough … I love the coaches. They are so genuine.”

The official visit sold the Woodland Hills (Pittsburgh, PA) rising senior tight end prospect, who announced his verbal commitment to UVA on June 23.

“The education and the opportunity to be able to play a high level of football, the things they do outside of the football community as well, made me think, ‘Oh, wow. This is like home,’” said Rawlings, who chose Virginia over scholarship offers from