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Including 16 high school seniors and one transfer, the University of Virginia football program held 16 verbal commitments when Bronco Mendenhall announced his resignation on Thursday, December 2. Director of Athletics Carla Williams announced Tony Elliott has the Cavaliers’ new head coach last Friday and officially introduced him on Monday, December 13, just two days shy of the beginning of Division 1 football’s Early Signing Period. The difficult timing of Mendenhall’s departure cost the Hoos seven high school senior recruits, but nine stayed the course and signed letters of intent with Virginia on Wednesday (December 15).
— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) December 15, 2021
Previous Virginia class of 2022 pledges Joe Brown (offensive lineman, BYU), Keyshawn Burgos (DL, Virginia Tech), Will Hardy (DB, UNC), Dominique McKenzie (WR, BYU), Marcus McKenzie (CB, BYU) and Brody Meadows (OL, Virginia Tech) signed elsewhere, but Elliott was pleased to officially welcome placekicker Will Bettridge, running back Xavier Brown, quarterback/athlete Delaney Crawford, linebacker Stevie Bracey, quarterback Davis Lane, tight end Karson Gay, linebacker Trey McDonald, wide receiver Dakota Twitty and wide receiver Sean Wilson as future Cavaliers. Virginia also announced the signing of Devin Crawford, a 6’0”, 180-pound wide receiver transfer.
“Unbelievable in this day and age,” Elliott said of the 10 student-athletes sticking with their commitments to UVA. “It just shows that these young men are full of character. They...
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