NFTC Weekend: Virginia Notebook

DT Tim Settle

News and notes on Virginia's recruiting prospect from Saturday and Sunday's Nike Camp in Washington D.C. and New Jersey-all in one place. cranked out a lot of content from the Nike Football Training Camps in Virginia and New Jersey this weekend. For full length updates on recruits and performance break downs click here

Plenty of Virginia targets on display at both events. Here are a few notes and updates compiled by Brian Dohn, Michael Clark, Jacquie Franciulli, Rachel Klein, Sam Hellman, Mike McAllister and Greg Pickel.

2015 Targets

  • Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga 2015 quarterback Nick Johns has three offers, from Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina State, however, Miami, BC, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Wake Forest are all checking in on him this spring. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder hasn't made any cuts, but Maryland and Virginia are the assumed frontrunners at this point. Johns said if he does not add any offers during the evaluation period he could make a decision sometime within the next three weeks.

  • 2015 five-star Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson defensive tackle Tim Settle recently pulled in an offer from Auburn. Settle took trips to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State recently and will hope to visit Clemson, Florida State, and Tennessee next.

    Settle says Clemson, FSU and the Vols have been recruiting him the hardest and he hopes to trim his list soon.

    "By the time two-a-days get here, I'm going to have a top 13 – so probably late in July or the middle of August," Settle said. "The three schools I mentioned will most likely be in there. The Virginia teams (Virginia and Virginia Tech) are recruiting me hard and Arizona State is, too."

  • Four-star Woodbridge (Va.) Hylton offensive tackle Matthew Burrell has had a busy couple of weeks. The highly touted lineman visited Penn State, Virginia and most recently Ohio State. Burrell was truly impressed by the Buckeyes on his visit.

    "It was awesome. Sat with coach (Urban) Meyer; we were on a first name basis," said the 2015 prospect. "I got really comfortable. I liked him a lot." Burrell's visit will continue this summer. He plans to visit many of the southern schools including Alabama, Florida, Miami and Florida State.

  • Three-star Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock wide receiver A.J. Alexander recently added offers from Miami, Penn State and Navy to his list, which already included: Virginia, Boston College, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Illinois and Wisconsin. Alexander now plans to visit Rutgers next weekend, and hopes to take a visit to every school that has offered him. Also a note on Alexander, both of his parent have a connection with the armed forces. He said he was very honored with the Navy offer, his father currently holds a high position in the Marines and his mother has retired from the Marines.

  • Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes Jahvoni Simmons is ready to hit the road. He plans to visit Ohio State, Tennessee, Alabama, Miami, Clemson and Wisconsin next. He said he has become really close friends with Sterling (Va.) Dominion high and Tigers commit, linebacker Chad Smith. Simmons says the Tigers, Georgia Tech, UVa, Tennessee and Miami are recruiting him the hardest. He plans to trim his list to ten in the next few weeks.

  • Clifton (Va.) Centreville running back A.J. Turner has been one of the hottest recruits in the Mid-Atlantic in the last week. Turner picked up offers from Connecticut, East Carolina, Clemson, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio State in the last week. Those seven programs join a list which includes Boston College, Duke, Maryland, Old Dominion, South Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Turner says he remains open to everyone, but was really taken aback by two newcomers on his offer list.

    "Ohio State and Clemson (stand out)", said Turner." They are rally big schools. They are elite programs. Just the fact that elite programs offered me a ride, means a lot."

    He has no set visits, but he hopes to visit the Buckeyes and the Tigers next.

  • Lawrenceville (N.J.) offensive tackle Grant Newsome said he is hearing from Michigan and Penn State the most, and thus the junior is "definitely" planning return trips to both campuses this summer. The four-star said he wants to see the full package at Penn State and let his mother see the campus at Michigan since she couldn't make it when he visited this spring. Newsome said he wants to decide in late June after visiting the Lions and Wolverines in late May or early June, adding he does not plan to announce a top group prior to deciding.

  • Avon (Conn.) Old Farms tight end Chris Clark recently visited Michigan and Ohio State, and fresh off a Michigan State offer last Monday, the four-star said he has begun informing coaches that he is not interested in their program. Clark said he will visit Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State in June, Tennessee and Georgia later in the summer, with the hopes of reaching a decision "later in the summer."

  • Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown 2015 wide receiver Quincy Watts has made up his decision, but will not reveal his choice until he discusses it further with his mother after his takes care of business in the classroom. Wearing a Virginia visor at the Nike Football Training Camp, Watts says that UVa, West Virginia, ODU and UNC-Charlotte are the three schools recruiting him the hardest. He is hoping to visit the Cavaliers, WVU, ODU and Florida this summer, but has not set any dates.

  • Clifton (Va.) Centreville offensive tackle Justin Skule is gearing up for camp season. Skule, who holds offers from Virginia, Navy and has significant interest from Harvard, will head to Boston College and Duke's summer prospect camps. He says the Eagles or the Blue Devils could be the next team to offer. He has also been hearing a little from West Virginia.

  • 2015 Nokesville (Va.) Kettle Run WR David Eldridge recently picked up an offer from Illinois to join Virginia, ODU, ECU, Connecticut, Boston College, Wake Forest and Liberty on his offer list. Eldridge the Monarchs and the Cavaliers have been recruiting him the hardest recently, and he is hoping to visit both schools in the next few months. No other schools or visits have been set.

  • Millburn (N.J.) tight end Jake Pickard has an informal top four of Rutgers, Boston College, Virginia and Nebraska with Penn State starting to show more interest. ."

    Pickard's most recent visits came to Rutgers and Boston College. ."

    "They were both pretty great," Pickard said. "I know guys at both schools and the coaches really showed me a lot of attention at both schools. ... The Rutgers coaches were fighting over me at their practice -- defensive end or tight end." ."

  • Syracuse leads for Union City (N.J.) athlete Daiquan Kelly with Rutgers, Virginia and Pittsburgh rounding out his top four.

    "The [Syracuse] coaching staff is great," Kelly said. "I had a good time up there. I enjoyed myself. It was great."

  • Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep linebacker Jordan Fox is hearing from Boston College, Miami, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech the most right now. He has already visited Rutgers and Miami, but wants to get back down to see the Hurricanes again. Fox also wants to check out Syracuse this summer. He currently has no favorites. ."

    "I'm pretty wide open," Fox said. "I'm just enjoying the process and going around taking visits right now."

  • Bethlehem (Pa.) Catholic receiver Freddie Simmons recently pulled in offers from Connecticut and Virginia, and the junior is expecting visits from Northwestern, Stanford, Maryland, Boise State, and Oregon in the next couple of weeks. Simmons is planning to visit Oregon this summer and is waiting to see if West Virginia and UCLA offer before fully setting his summer visit list. ."

  • 2015 Clifton (Va.) Centreville running back Taylor Boose holds offers from Austin Peay, Bucknell, Cincinnati, James Madison and Nevada, with Boston College and Virginia close to offering. He is trying to visit the Eagles, Maryland and Rutgers. No set dates for those visits yet.

  • Ashburn (Va.) Stone Bridge 2015 four-star defensive tackle Aaron Crawford's recruitment continues to gain momentum. He picked up his 8th offer this week from Minnesota. At this time, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech appear to be in the best shape.

  • Ashburn (Va.) Stone Bridge 2015 outside linebacker Tanner Karafa was offered by Boston College on Thursday. It is his scholarship offer No. 8. Penn State, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Duke are also recruiting him.

  • 2015 Chesterfield (Va.) L.C. Bird running back Stephen Mines is looking for his first offer, but continues to hear from Virginia, James Madison and Howard University. Mines is a UVa legacy with his father playing for the Cavaliers. He says he will try to camp at several instate schools including: Virginia, JMU and ODU. He says he also hopes to see East Carolina this summer.

    2016 Targets

  • 2016 Hampton (Va.) Phoebus cornerback Robbie Robinson is heating up the recruiting trail. Robinson's offer list includes Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Akron, Hawaii, Old Dominion, Penn State, Virginia and most recently Southern Mississippi. Robinson described the Yellow Jackets as a school that is "standing out" currently because of the "quality" of the school. Robinson hopes to make trips to visit Maryland, Penn State, Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Miami. The 2016 prospect, who is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, says the Canes and the Terps could be the next two program to pull the trigger.

  • Class of 2016 four-star quarterback Brandon McIlwain of Newtown (Pa.) Council Rock North said he hasn't set up any visits for the late spring of summer, and he remains completely open. His offer list includes Auburn, Boston College, California, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina and Virginia.

  • Southlake Christian Academy (Huntersville, N.C.) running back Robert Washington has added offers from Stanford, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Nebraska in the last week. The four-star 2016 prospect already holds double digit offers, and hopes to trim his list to a top 15 by November/December. Washington hopes to visit Stanford, Oklahoma, Michigan, Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State.

  • Bergen Catholic (N.J.) quarterback Jarrett Guarantano holds offers from Virginia, Tennessee, Rutgers, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Clemson, and he said he is growing most comfortable with the staff at Clemson and Tennessee. Guarantano said Ohio State, Penn State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Maryland all came to watch him throw last week, while Auburn, Arizona State, and Florida State are expected to check in next week.

    The 6-foot-4, 180-pounder said he could be close to offers from both Auburn and Oklahoma, and he hopes to make a decision by the end of his junior season.

  • Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods 2016 tight end Mark Birmingham has six offers, with the latest coming from Virginia. He will visit Duke and North Carolina in May, and Stanford in June.

  • Olney (Md.) Good Counsel linebacker Keandre Jones recently picked up an offer from West Virginia. He also holds offers from Maryland, UVa and Penn State. He is hoping to visit the Mountaineers in June, and also hopes to visit College Park and State College this summer. He is also hearing from Ohio State and Miami.

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