Virginia football continues to try to finish strong in 2016. The Cavaliers are still involved with plenty of targets on their board, and are set to host plenty of 2016 recruits, as well as underclassman targets. Let's break it all down:
The Official Visitors
Harbison continues to remain solid to the Cavs, however, he is still receiving interest from several schools including: Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Wisconsin- the Badgers have not officially offered. The three-star running back has created a great bond with the members of the 2016 class and the coaching staff, especially with UVA assistants Chris Beatty and Marques Hagans. If there is a coaching change, things could change, as Harbison admitted he had not made up his mind yet if he is planning to take any more officials. The big thing is, he is taking an official visit this weekend, and can have a chance to learn more about the school itself and of course bond with the current 'Hoos on the roster. Sometimes that can make a difference. Until now he is solid, and is excited to play in Charlottesville.
Baumgardner is completely solid in his pledge. This is his first visit since his commitment to the Cavaliers in July.
There are other recruits planning trips to Grounds this weekend. Out of the committed visitors those include Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell fullback/linebacker Landan Word and Lynchburg (Va) Liberty Christian defensive end Matt Terrell. The 'Hoos will also host plenty of underclassman targets on Saturday:
Jordan Williams from Frank W. Cox High in Virginia Beach, Virginia is expected to visit the Cavaliers as well. The 2017 defensive end claims offers from UVA, Maryland, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Williams is the only underclassman visitor for Saturday that holds an offer from the Wahoos. Other visitors include: Atlee teammates, 2017 athlete Kamari Davis and 2018 receiver Jebril Murray, Fredericksbugh native, James Monroe tackle Brandon Martin, and 2017 defensive end Jordan Murphy from Crestview High School in Ohio.
'Hoos Left on 2016 Board?
There are a couple of guys to keep your eye on left on the board for the Cavs. Here is a breakdown of who is trending where:
For this week Sulaiman Kamara's recruitment is trending away from the Cavs. This could change, Kamara is still researching each of his finalist. The four-star defensive tackle is considering Virginia, North Carolina, ECU, Wake Forest and Temple-while he has not closed the door on Penn State or South Carolina. This weekend he is set to take his first official visit to Winston-Salem. The reason why UVA is trending down? He was meant to visit two weeks ago for the 'Hoos' Homecomings Game, but did not. Two weeks later he is taking his official to Wake. No other officials set.
Christian Brooks and UVA continue to have a strong relationship, which only became stronger last weekend when Virginia offered his young brother Caleb. Brooks has a plethora of other offers which includes Vandy, Cal, Pitt, NC State and Cincinnatti. HooNation has had Brooks under commitment watch for weeks and will continue to do so. Brooks visited last Sunday with Caleb (when his brother picked up the offer), and it is hard to see him going too far from home.
Western Football tweeted out last night that Osiris Crutchfield picked up his first two offers from VMI and UVA, and things can certainly escalate quickly. There is a possibility that the defensive tackle from Crozet, Virginia makes the trip this weekend, if he does commitment watch goes on overdrive.