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Virginia Football Recruiting Class 2017

Virginia Football Recruiting Class 2017

Commitments:25ACC Rank: 10National Rank:56
Commitments
PLAYERPOSHTWTSCHOOLSTRANKNATSTATENOTES
Mandy AlonsoDT6-2275Gulliver PrepFL***Top 1,450Top 300Slated to play nose tackle for UVa in the coming years; attended same high school as Cavalier linebacker Dominic Sheppard
Lamont AtkinsRB5-11200Lake BraddockVA***Top 950Top 30Initially committed to Vanderbilt; wound up choosing UVa over Northwestern; capable of serving as an all-purpose back or wideout
Joey BlountDB6-2175Landmark Christian SchoolGA***Top 1,850Top 200Son of former UVa safety Tony Blount, who in 1976 started as a true freshman in Cavalier secondary; Quin Blanding would be the next to do it
Darrius BrattonDB6-1160Fork Union Military AcademyVA***Top 10 (Prep)Top 5 (Prep)Initially committed to UVa in 2016 class, but didn’t sign and failed to qualify academically; spending 2016-2017 school year at Fork Union Military Academy; recommitted to Cavaliers
Elliott BrownLB6-6215The Taft SchoolCT***Top 1,725Top 15Emerged as an 11th-hour prospect for UVa who took official visit to Charlottesville the last weekend prior to National Signing Day and subsequently committed; large prospect who will likely play outside linebacker at UVa
Isaac BuellDE6-4270Knoxville CentralTN***Top 1,550Top 40Received scholarship offer from UVa in late November, and immediately the Cavaliers jumped to the forefront; Buell committed to UVa approximately a week after his official visit to Charlottesville; important pickup at a position in which the Cavaliers hadn't loaded up in the '17 class prior to Buell's pledge
Zachariah BurtonDB6-0180William PennDE***Top 1,850Top 5Committed shortly after “Hoos Rising” camp in Charlottesville in mid-June; also a standout in track and field; other brother Frank is an incoming freshman football player at Ball State
Tommy ChristDT6-5255DominionVA***Top 900Top 25Pledged to UVa following a spring practice visit in Charlottesville; versatile defender capable of playing defensive end or growing into an interior defensive tackle
Germane CrowellWR6-3180Winston-Salem CarverNC***Top 550Top 20Son of former UVa star Germane Crowell, Sr.; versatile pass catcher who combines elements of a traditional wide receiver and a tight end
Brian DelaneyK5-11200WestfieldVA**Top 2,425Top 55Earned Virginia Class 6A first-team All-State honors in 2015, helping lead Westfield High School to a state title; averaged 45 yards per punt, 73 percent of kickoffs were touchbacks
Tyler FanninOL6-3290Mill CreekGA***Top 1,050Top 125His father John played college football at Marshall, while his older brother, Josh, currently plays at Middle Tennessee; helped lead Mill Creek High School to 7A state semis in 2015
Matt GahmLB6-2225Highland ParkTX***Top 1,275Top 175Committed within hours after receiving scholarship offer from UVa; smart player with good instincts and pursuit ability
Chris GlaserOL6-4255SolonOH***Top 1,525Top 65Decommitted from Miami (Ohio) before joining UVa's class; initially committed to Redhawks in early April before switching to Cavaliers in late July
Terrell JanaWR6-1190Woodberry ForestVA***Top 1,150Top 35Attends same high school as two other UVa commitments, Lindell Stone and John Kirven; one of a flurry of June commitments for Cavaliers
P.K. KierRB5-11200MillbrookVA***Top 1,750Top 45Switched from initial commitment to James Madison to join UVa’s class; his uncle, Mark Cooke, played for Virginia from 1987 to 1990
John KirvenTE6-6240Woodberry ForestVA***Top 1,250Top 40Was UVa’s first 2017 commitment, pledging under Mike London’s regime; he briefly decommitted, but re-affirmed his loyalty to Virginia in July; could play either TE or DE in college
Ryan NelsonOL6-6260Buena ParkCA***Top 625Top 65Received initial scholarship offer from UVa in February; pledged to Virginia following September visit to Charlottesville; took the scholarship that Harry Crider gave up when he switched from UVa to Indiana during the summer
Jamari PeacockRB6-1220YuleeFL***Top 750Top 100Bigger back who gives UVa a viable option in third down and short-yardage situations; flew somewhat under radar as UVa picked up other RB commitments, but pledged to Virginia in early November
Darnell PrattWR6-2175Good CounselMD**Top 1,900Top 35Attended same high school as current UVa players Vincent Croce, Kirk Garner, Andre Levrone, and Brendan Marshall
Shawn SmithWR5-11160BrunswickGA***Top 600Top 65Late addition to UVa class who received Cavalier offer in early December and committed in late January; was committed to South Carolina for several months before decommitting; also considered ACC rival Louisville
Charles SnowdenDE/LB6-7200St. Alban's SchoolDC***Top 1,475Top 15 (DC)Committed to Virginia on Oct. 2, becoming the program's 20th 2017 pledge; received scholarship offer from Virginia in mid-September; was also getting recruited as a basketball prospect by some mid-major programs; could potentially play either DE or LB with the Cavaliers
Ryan SwobodaOL6-9270Windermere PrepFL***Top 1,200Top 175Under-the-radar prospect who committed to Virginia in early December, a couple of days following an official visit to Charlottesville; among the tallest commitments of any Power Five program in the 2017 class at 6-9
Lindell StoneQB6-2205Woodberry ForestVA***Top 675Top 20Prep teammates with fellow UVa pledges Terrell Jana and John Kirven; grew up in Texas prior to transfer to Virginia before junior year
Gerrik VollmerOL6-5280The Taft SchoolCT***Top 1,400Top 10Initially committed to UVa's ACC rival Louisville, but backed away from Cardinals pledge in December; UVa offered just before National Signing Day, and earned his letter of intent; one of four OL prospects to sign with Virginia
Zane ZandierLB6-3205Thomas JeffersonPA***Top 475Top 10Received scholarship offer in May; first PA native to join UVa's 2017 class, fills out LB recruiting for Cavaliers

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