UVa picks up 2017 commit


Virginia picked up its first commitment of the 2017 cycle over the weekend — sort of.

The Cavaliers originally opened up their 2017 class in October when in-state tight end John Kirven gave his verbal to Mike London’s staff. In early March, however, just months after London had been let go and Bronco Mendenhall brought a mostly new group of coaches to Charlottesville, Kirven opted to reopen hs recruitment.

On Saturday, UVa picked up its first 2017 commitment of the Mendenhall era when Sterling, Virginia, defensive tackle Tommy Christ pledged to the Wahoos. The 6-5, 255-pound standout picked Virginia over offers from Maryland, Pitt, Syracuse, Wake Forest, West Virginia and many others.

Christ is rated the No. 54 defensive tackle in the 2017 class according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.