It has gone largely unnoticed, and without fanfare, but possibly Bronco Mendenhall’s plan for Virginia football could be coming together, at least on the recruiting trail. The Cavaliers are starting to win some recruiting battles when in the past, they seldom ever won even one.
Since the beginning of June, UVa has gotten 10 new commitments. The Wahoos have climbed 19 spots in the Rivals’ recruiting rankings all the way up to 28 in the country. Virginia Tech is just five spots ahead of UVa with the 23rd rated class presently. That means the Hokies have the 5th best recruiting class in the ACC, and since that’s behind Clemson. Florida State, Miami, and NC-State, that’s not great news at all, but for UVa to be rated 6th in the ACC, just five spots below the Hokies nationally, and ahead of Carolina, Georgia Tech, Louisville, etc in the ACC is news, very positive news for the ‘Hoos.
Of the 10 recruits that have had great impact on UVa’s 2019 recruiting class, the most impactful players were 6-2, 299 Jason Briggs, a 4-star rated defensive tackle out of Ohio. Another 4-star recruit is linebacker Hunter Stuart, 6-3, 205 from Washington D.C. Zach Teter, a 3-star 6-5, 290 offensive lineman from Florida is also highly regarded.
If the Cavaliers can hold their present spot, it may signal one of the biggest recruiting improvements for any Power Five Conference school in the country, and be the highest rated recruiting class in years for UVa.
By DAN CALLAHAN, The Patriot