Good Evening folks, this is a special Monday edition of GROUNDSbreaking. It is place where premium subscribers get an inside look at Virginia recruiting.
I held off until today, rather than doing it on Friday since I was going to hit up the Thoroughbred tryouts on Saturday. Also a note about this week, instead of GROUNDSbreaking on Friday, I will be breaking down the 2015 class by positions starting with the offense on Thursday and then defense on Friday.
But let's get back to this week's edition. First off let's talk Junior Day.
Here is a quick breakdown of the junior day list with hot, warm, cool by their name so you can get an idea on where UVa stands (this will change as some of these guys receive new offers and make visits).
Junior Day Board
-St Christopher (Richmond, Va.) Linebacker Ricky DeBerry – WARM/COOL (It will depend on the upcoming season; but just getting him to come is BIG)
-Colonial Forge (Stafford,Va) Athlete Gary Jennings- HOT/WARM (This could change quickly as new offers are extended.)
-Hopewell (Va.) defensive end/outside linebacker Darrell Taylor – HOT
-Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson defensive tackle Tim Settle – WARM/HOT (UVa should feel strong, but Alabama is waiting in the wings).
-Clifton (Va.) Centreville OT Justin Skule- WARM
-Malvern (Pa.)Great Valley DE Ryan Bucholz – HOT (good relationship with Coach Wachenheim).
-Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) receiver Myles Robinson –WARM (UVa is up against Maryland and Michigan State right now)
-Atlanta (Ga.) Marist OT Sage Hardin – WARM (I would say UVa has a slight lead over Georgia Tech, but Hardin's recruitment is just beginning. He picked up a Cal offer this week, and I assume many more to come).
-Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga College QB Nick Johns- WARM/GETTING COLDER (Maryland extending an offer is HUGE. This could be running away from UVa very quickly.)
-Lexington (Va.) Rockbridge County OT Austin Clark-WARM (This is another one that has cooled off. UVa still is sitting well with Clark, but Tennessee, Penn State and Virginia Tech are the teams to beat).
-Avon (Conn.) Old Farms 2015 TE Chris Clark- WARM/COOL (No favorites for him yet, but UVa is definitely going to work a lot harder with all his new offers).
-Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton offensive tackle Matthew Burrell-WARM/COOL (Mike London and the team's performance next season will be the key)
I will update these again once Junior Day nears.
Thoroughbred 7-on-7 Tryouts Observations.
As expected the nationally ranked 7-on-7 team are ranked for a reason and there were a lot of great things to see on Saturday during tryouts.
UCLA RB commit Jaason Lewis did a great job on Saturday going up against not only CB Jamez Brickhouse but also Levonta Taylor.
Taylor, who holds double-digit already as a rising junior, is scheduled to make a trip to Virginia on March 1st. UVa is sitting well with him, along with Michigan State, Florida State and Tennessee. While Brickhouse is hoping to visit Duke on March 1st for the Spring game, he showed great athleticism and speed on the one-on-ones over the weekend.
Jahvoni Simmons was also present over the weekend. Simmons has already visited Clemson and North Carolina State, but he is hoping to visit UVa on March 1st. He just needs to make sure his parents are good for that weekend. He showed great physicality on Saturday. He is also planning visits to Wisconsin, Miami and Ohio State.
Remember this name for the future 2016 Ridgeway (Va.) Magna Vista athlete Traveon Redd. I didn't know too much about him when I arrived, but I certainly know him now. He did a great job positioning himself to read the QBs. He is a very smart safety who has great speed. His pick on Saturday was just one of many that could have made a highlight reel.
This has to go to 2016 wide receiver from Glen Allen Cole Blackman. Since the last time I saw him over the fall, he has gained about 15 pounds. He has nice hands and now he has added some strength. The one thing he needs to do is add some speed and he could be one to watch in the next cycle. OC Steve Fairchild has already gone to visit the playmaker at his school, and Tennessee and Virginia Tech are also schools showing interest in the standout.
2018 quarterback Tyler DeSue, who was wearing a bright orange Virginia sweater on Saturday, proved to me why he did land such an early offer from the Wahoos. His arm is strong and his accuracy on Saturday was scary. He scored on almost every possession. Ladies and Gents he will be the best QB in his class.
Although not participating due to injury, 2016 cornerback Robbie Robinson was there. He is planning on visiting Duke on March 1st. He does not which other schools yet, He is waiting to see how his schedule works, especially with his AP exams around the corner.
Also there to keep the UVa name around was Virginia signees WR Jamil Kamara and safety Quin Blanding.
HooNation takes a look at where UVa stacks up with the current list of junior day visitors, plus describes who stood out from the Thoroughbred tryouts on Saturday.
A look at where UVa stands with the current Junior Day visitors and recruiting notes.