The Virginia Cavaliers entered the day with 15 players committed but unlike last season when they landed a pair of 5-Star prospects, defensive tackle Andrew Brown and safety Quin Blanding, and two 4-Star prospects, athlete Jamil Kamara and offensive guard Steven Moss, they are lacking those type of impact players.
The Cavaliers hope that changed Tuesday when 3-Star outside linebacker Kareem McDonald and 4-Star inside linebacker Jahvoni Simmons gave their pledges to the Cavaliers.
McDonald was the first to pull the trigger.
“It’s UVa,” said McDonald via Jamie Oaks of 24/7 Sports. “I’m prepared to to take off in London Land.”
The 6’2, 215-pound McDonald is form Washington, D.C. and attends Woodrow Wilson High School. He is ranked as the country’s 123rd-best outside linebacker prospect, the 14th-best overall prospect in D.C. and the 1,738th-best overall prospect in the class of 2015 according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
Simmons is committed later in the day and is now the highest-ranked prospect in the Cavaliers’ class. The 6’1, 225-pounder is from Virginia Beach, Virginia and attends Ocean Lakers High School, the same school that produced 2014 Florida State Seminoles signee Derrick Nnadi, a 4-Star defensive tackle who is expected to play as a true freshman. Simmons is ranked as the country’s second-best inside linebacker prospect, the seventh-best overall prospect in the state of Virginia and the 143rd-best overall prospect in the class of 2015 according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
“It’s official,” said Simmons.“I’ve committed to UVa.”
Simmons has impressive list of offers including the Alabama Crimson Tide, Clemson Tigers, LSU Tigers, Ole Mis Rebels, Oregon Ducks and Tennessee Volunteers.