After weeks of uncertainty, Cole Blackman is at ease.
"Definitely a lot more reassured after talking to [UVA Head] Coach [Bronco] Mendenhall, and the offensive coordinator [Robert Anae] called me," said the Atlee wide receiver. "He told me he watched my film, and he was excited about me. He wanted me to know that he was 100 percent committed to me, and he hopes I was staying. I told him UVA is where I am going to be at, and I was planning to be part of the success of the future"
Blackman committed to Mike London and his staff last summer after picking up his offer. After London's resignation, Blackman just needed to know where he stood with the new coaches.
"I just wanted the coaches to have the same interest in me than coach London did."
New Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall reached out to the three-star wide soon after his introduction on Monday.
"I really like how he is more of a family man," said Blackman. "He is not just a football coach. You can tell he is going to be there for you for anything. He wants to mold you into a better person and thats what I liked about coach London. I think he is very similar to coach London, so I am excited about that.
"You don't want to play just for a football coach," he added, "you want to play for a person that cares about you as a person not just as a player. You can tell he is going to worry about your future and make sure you're focused and has everything straight."
On Wednesday night, Blackman picked up further reassurance when he received a call from new UVA offensive coordinator Robert Anae.
"I liked the way he was talking about the offensive scheme," said the 6-foot-2, 195 pounder. "He was talking about how they are going to throw around the ball, and that he likes to go deep-so we are definitely going to throw it up."
Blackman, who was recruited by Virginia wide receivers coach Marques Hagans, was also relieved when Hagans was retained. He now is counting down the days to his official visit with his fellow commits on the weekend of January 23.
"Just the fact that they had the mutual excitement of me going there than I have going to UVA makes me excited."