Bronco Mendenhall’s first full cycle as head coach could most likely be deemed a success. While it’s not full of four star recruits, the former BYU head coach was able to land commitments from some highly recruited three-star prospects.
Virginia’s 2017 recruiting class is headlined by four of out of state prospects. Three-star offensive tackle Ryan Nelson, from California is the highest rated signee while North Carolina native and athlete Germane Crowell and Pennsylvania linebacker Zane Zandier. The final notable out of state prospect is athlete Shawn Smith from Brunswick, Georgia.
For Mendenhall, it’s not an overly fantastic glass but it can be one that gets the ball moving for the Cavaliers. With Virginia not being able to find a tremendous amount of success on the field in the last few years, a strong recruiting class like this one could help get the momentum moving in the right direction.
In the 2018 recruiting class, Virginia currently holds a commitment from three-star linebacker Noah Taylor.