It hasn’t taken long for Virginia — under Bronco Mendenhall — to develop a real culture on the defensive side of the ball. Bryce Hall, Juan Thornhill and Joey Blunt have emerged as play-makers in the secondary. Up front, Virginia has created one of the deepest front sevens in the ACC.
— Josh McCarron (@josh_mccarron8) April 21, 2020
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound McCarron hails from Everett, Washington — less than 30 miles north of Seattle. 247 Sports ranks the rangy McCarron as a top 25 weak-side defensive end in the 2021 class.
McCarron picked Virginia over a host of offers, including several West Coast programs with a geography advantage: Boise State, Colorado, Utah and Washington State. A handful of Ivy League programs pursued McCarron, too: Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Dartmouth.