Virginia Football Commit Jay Woolfolk Has “Natural Leadership Ability,” His Coach Says

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Benedictine College Prep (Richmond, VA) has enjoyed its share of top college football recruits within the past decade. The list includes defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who starred at Clemson before being selected no. 4 overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2019 NFL Draft, Penn State linebacker Ellis Brooks, UNC linebacker/defensive end Chris Collins, and former Duke/soon-to-be JMU wide receiver Scott Bracey, among others.

Dual-threat quarterback Jay Woolfolk highlights Benedictine’s class of 2021. He has declared his intentions to attend the University of Virginia.

“We’ve had a lot of great football players, and I think he’s maybe our best,” Benedictine head coach Greg Lilly said of the 6’1”, 200-pound Woolfolk. “He’s a great player.”

Woolfolk, whose father, Pete, starred for the University of Richmond basketball team that upset defending national champion Indiana on its way to the 1988 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen, pledged to Virginia early last December, days after he watched the Hoos defeat Virginia Tech in Scott Stadium.

At the time of his pledge, the standout prospect boasted scholarship offers from Virginia, Marshall and U-Mass. Lilly, who says he is “shocked” Woolfolk didn’t receive more scholarship offers, was asked why the Benedictine rising senior wanted to stay close to home.

“From a family standpoint, they put an emphasis on education,” Lilly said. “The family puts a heavy emphasis on education. The first thing with UVA is that it’s a fantastic school. Then Bryce Perkins, him having some success and the team coming around and doing well. I think the amount of success and excitement Coach Bronco Mendenhall and his staff have brought … it was one of those things that was like perfect timing.”

“He was offered early by UVA,” Lilly continued. “I know his mom and dad were excited because it’s UVA. Then they start winning. Then Bryce Perkins is winning Dudley Awards. Then there is also maybe the opportunity to play baseball and football.”

Woolfolk is gifted in football and baseball. In the latter he is a talented