Peace: I'm a Cavalier

Chris Peace Commits to UVa

Newport News (Va.) Denbigh defensive end/linebacker Chris Peace is delighted to be a Wahoo. Peace talked about his pledge to Virginia and more shortly after pulling the plug on his recruitment.

Chris Peace had a plan. He was going to visit Hampton, Hampton, Connecticut and ECU before making his commitment. Well that place got thrown out the window this morning, when he met with Virginia head coach Mike London.

"Last night before I went with my host, Coach London said I want you be a Cavalier in the morning," the Denbigh standout explained. "This morning, he said do you have news for me? And then I told him this morning, "I am a Cavalier."

"I had to look at it more than football, I had to look at education too," he said. "You are not going to find too many schools that is one of the best in the whole nation. It really sets you up for a bright future." Peace had to earn his offer this weekend from the Cavaliers first, however. He needed to talk to defensive coordinator, Jon Tenuta.

"I was talking to Coach Tenuta when I went up here and he said I would play outside linebacker. He was just showing me and the other two recruits (Vincent Jackson and Cory Jones) how we fit the system."

A system that Peace who recorded 19 sacks this season is excited to be part of.

"I like that part too that is my specialty QB sacks, I love getting after the quarterback," said of playing in Tenuta's aggressive defense.

The 6-foot-3, 225 pounder was hosted by Virginia quarterback, David Watford on his visit. And if education was not enough, his connection with the 757 crew already at UVa sealed the deal. "It was good, he (Watford) really showed me a good time. He really showed me what UVa has to offer. And most people are from the 757."

Now Peace is heading home to Newport News, where she is excited to share the news.

"I am going to call the other family about the good news," he laughed.

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