Ben Knutson Approves of New UVA Staff

Mishawaka (Ind.) Penn offensive tackle and UVA pledge Ben Knutson discusses the changes on the Virginia staff, and how it affects him.

Ben Knutson kept a very close eye on the Virginia  coaching search. Knutson committed to Mike London in May after he visited Grounds. But when London resigned last month, Knutson's future became a little more  uncertain. Would the next coach want him?  

The Mishawaka (Ind.) Penn offensive tackle told after London's resignation, that he was "disappointed that they let London go, but UVA is still a very special place." 

Five days after London's departure, UVA announced BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall would step in as the new coach. Along with Mendenhall, Garrett Tujague will be headed to Charlottesville as the new offensive line coach. Although Knutson has not been able to speak to Mendenhall yet, his conversation with his new position coach has been very comforting. 

"It's good to see they have finally found someone that definitely looks like they are going to be the right move for the program," said Knutson. "It's also great to know that they are bringing on a good offenisve line coach. I am going to miss coach [Dave] Borbely, since he is the one that recruited me, and I definitely liked him. Coach Tujague seems great as well."

Knutson and Tujague has spoken a few times since his addition to the staff. 

"He is a really good guy. Definitely a good fit," added Knutson. "He just said he was basically committed to me, which was very reassuring. So it's nice to know that the coaching staff does want you. That was the thing thats not clear when coaching staff changes. So it's nice to know that they want you as much as the old staff did." 

Now Knutson is eager to meet the new coaches next month, when he takes his official visit the weekend of January 22nd. 

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