QB picks UVA over Vols

A prep quarterback once considered a strong lean to Tennessee has reversed his field and committed to Virginia.

O.C. Wardlow, a 5-11, 180-pounder from Mount Tabor High School of Winston-Salem, N.C., apparently lost interest in the Vols because they envisioned him more as a cornerback than a quarterback.

Tennessee, of course, is in fine shape at quarterback. Sophomore Erik Ainge appears to be a budding star and freshman Jonathan Crompton, a 2004 prep All-American, is redshirting this season while rehabilitating a shoulder injury.

The Vols reportedly promised Wardlow a look at quarterback but he apparently feels his chances of playing the position are better at Virginia.

"I've been a quarterback since I started playing football," Wardlow told Don Callahan of Scout.com. "I wanted to continue that in college."

Wardlow made his commitment following an unofficial visit to Charlottesville on Saturday.

"It was kind of, sort of the plan," Wardlow told Callahan. "But, while I was there it made me want to commit even more."

Wardlow said he "doesn't think" he will take any official visits, other than UVA.

He opened his senior season last week by completing 13 of 17 passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns in a 39-20 defeat of New Bern. He also ran for 35 yards and completed a two-point conversion pass.

As a junior, Wardlow completed 110 of 226 passes (49 percent) for 2,052 yards and 24 touchdowns in leading Mount Tabor High to second place in the Class 4-A playoffs.


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