Wardlow Just Wanted to be a QB

Considered a strong Tennessee-lean since his recruitment opened up, O.C. Wardlow threw the recruiting world a curveball Saturday when he verbally committed to Virginia.

"I've been a quarterback since I started playing football," said Wardlow. "I wanted to continue that in college."

Tennessee promised Wardlow, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound dual-threat quarterback, a shot under center, but was recruiting him for cornerback.

Wardlow revealed that one of the purposes of his unofficial visit to Charlottesville Saturday was to end his recruitment, but admitted the visit definitely made him feel like it was the right decision.

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

When it comes time to take official visits, Wardlow will obviously visit Virginia, but "doesn't think" he will take trips to other schools.

Before heading to Charlottesville, Wardlow opened up his senior football season with a 39-20 victory over New Bern. Wardlow completed 13-of-17 passes for 94 yards, two touchdowns, and one two-point conversion. He also added 35 yards on the ground.

Wardlow's verbal commitment adds another Scout.com three-star recruit to Virginia's 2006 recruitment list.


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