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UVA Football Class of 2021: Five four-stars among 24 signees

uva footballUVA football coach Bronco Mendenhall has landed his top-rated recruiting class since arriving on Grounds in 2015, ranking in the Top 30 classes in the nation with Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN.

The Class of 2021, announced on Wednesday, includes five players rated four-star recruits by at least one recruiting service – Life Christian Academy (South Chesterfield) defensive end Bryce Carter, Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tenn.) offensive lineman Noah Josey, Archbishop Murphy (Mukilteo. Wash.) linebacker Josh McCarron, Rider (Wichita Falls, Texas) quarterback Jacob Rodriguez, and Episcopal (Alexandria) offensive lineman Logan Taylor.

Nine of the 24 signees are from Virginia, seven ranking among the 247Sports Top 50 recruits in the Commonwealth – Carter (4), Taylor (9), Lafayette (Williamsburg) wideout Michael Green (17), Benedictine (Richmond) quarterback Jay Woolfolk (20), James Monroe (Fredericksburg) safety Aidan Ryan (30), Covenant (Charlottesville) safety Jonas Sanker (34), and North Cross (Roanoke) outside linebacker James Jackson (39).

Capsules: The four stars

Bryce Carter

Carter, who reclassified from the Class of 2022 to the Class of 2021, may be able to contribute right away. The 6’3”, 250-pounder, rated the #92 recruit nationally by 247Sports, earned all-state honors at Thomas Dale in 2019, in a season in which he compiled 101 tackles, 23 tackles for losses and nine sacks.

He transferred to Life Christian Academy to play in the fall, and recorded 28 tackles, five tackles for loss and six sacks in the five games the Eagles played in 2020.

Carter also had offers from Florida, Michigan State, Duke and East Carolina.

Noah Josey

Josey was an all-region player in 2020 for a Brentwood Academy team that finished 11-1, and he earned an invite to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.

Josey also had offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn and Baylor.

Josh McCarron

McCarron played defensive end, outside linebacker, wide receiver and tight end at Archbishop Murphy, which he led to the state quarterfinals as a junior in 2019, posting 89 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 21 sacks and three forced fumbles on defense and caught 26 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns on offense.

McCarron also had offers from Air Force, Boise State, Cal and Colorado.

Jacob Rodriguez

Rodriguez plans to enroll at UVA in the spring. As a junior, Rodriguez completed 199-of-344 pass attempts in 2019 for 3,003 yards and 33 touchdowns and rushed 149 times for 1,247 yards.

Rodriguez also had offers from Air Force, Baylor, Hawaii and Houston.

Logan Taylor

Taylor also plans to enroll at UVA for the spring semester. A top-25 offensive tackle prospect according to MaxPreps, the native of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, enrolled at Episcopal for his junior season in 2019, in which he earned first-team Division 1 all-state honors in the Virginia Independent Schools Football League.

Taylor also had offers from Arizona, Boston College, Buffalo and Duke.

Class of 2021

Logan Taylor ** OL 6-7 295 Bridgewater, N.S. Episcopal HS (Va.)
Lorenz Terry DL 6-5 260 Sandston, Va. Varina HS/Fork Union Military Academy
Hugh Laughlin DL 6-5 280 Athens, Ga. Athens Academy
Amaad Foston ** RB 6-0 210 Milledgeville, Ga. John Milledgeville Academy
Malachi Fields WR 6-4 205 Keswick, Va. Monticello HS
Charlie Patterson OL 6-7 285 Roswell, Ga. Fellowship Christian
Bryce Carter DL 6-3 250 South Chesterfield, Va. Life Christian Academy
Mike Green OLB 6-4 215 Williamsburg, Va. Lafayette HS
William Simpkins III DB 6-1 170 Gaithersburg, Md. Quince Orchard HS
Aidan Ryan DB 6-1 185 Fredericksburg, Va. James Monroe HS
Ty Furnish OL 6-4 250 Woodstock, Ga. Blessed Trinity Catholic
Langston Long ** ILB 6-2 215 Woodbridge, Va. Christ School (N.C.)
Jack Witmer TE 6-6 225 Cypress, Texas Cy-Fair HS
Noah Josey OL 6-5 280 Brentwood, Tenn. Brentwood Academy
Jacob Rodriguez ** QB 6-1 200 Wichita Falls, Texas Rider HS
Micah Gaffney DB 6-0 170 Spanish Fort, Ala. Spanish Fort HS
Jesiah Davis WR 6-3 180 Huntersville, N.C. Hough HS
Michael Diatta DL 6-5 265 Antioch, Tenn. Cane Ridge HS
James Jackson ** OLB 6-3 200 Pulaski Va. North Cross HS
Jonas Sanker DB 6-0 185 Charlottesville, Va. The Covenant School
Josh McCarron OLB 6-4 215 Mukilteo, Wash. Archbishop Murphy HS
Jay Woolfolk QB 5-11 190 Chesterfield, Va. Benedictine
West Weeks ILB 6-2 205 Watkinsville, Ga. Oconee County HS
Javin Burke ** DB 6-0 195 Cleveland, Tenn. Bradley Central HS

** January enrollee


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