Signee Karson Gay Reflects On Virginia Football Coaching Change

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The final week in November, Karson Gay and his family hosted Virginia football head coach Bronco Mendenhall and offensive coordinator Robert Anae on an in-home visit. The Boyd-Buchanan (Chattanooga, TN) senior, a consensus 3-star tight end prospect and Virginia commitment, would be one of the few prospects Mendenhall would meet with in person before resigning as Cavaliers head coach later that week.

From Gay to UVA Director of Athletics Carla Williams, Mendenhall’s decision came as a shock to many.

“He was at my house on Monday and the news came out on Thursday,” recalled Gay, who verbally committed to UVA on February 20 of this year and was less than two weeks away from signing an official letter of intent. “I was like, what in the world. My future plans were set, and now there is nothing. It definitely was surprising.”

Gay, who considered scholarship offers from Arkansas, BYU, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Mississippi, Purdue, Southern Cal and Virginia Tech before committing to UVA, and his parents discussed the situation. Despite Virginia’s coaching situation in flux, the standout prospect leaned towards sticking with his original decision and signing early with the Hoos.

“Coach Mendenhall was great,” Gay said. “Coach Anae, I liked his scheme. I like how they threw it a ton. I’d love to go catch a ton of passes. The scheme was great. Everything was cool about it. I committed because of the academics, the name of the University. Me being able