Multiple outlets, including the Charlottesville Daily Progress, report tonight that UVa has received a verbal commitment from 6'6", 280-pound offensive tackle Sadiq Olanrewaju. The Salisbury School (Salisbury, CT) junior pledged the Hoos over offers from Connecticut, Rutgers, Temple and West Virginia.
Olanrewaju's decision comes just days after he took an unofficial visit to UVa. Salisbury head coach Chris Phelps spoke to his standout lineman's interest in Virginia in a March 12 EDGE article.
"I think UVa is a place he knew about because he is from that area. It's a place that, prior to coming to us, he was interested in," Phelps said.
A Rockville (MD) native, Olanrewaju transferred to the Connecticut private school for his junior and senior years. He played on both sides of the line last season as a junior, impressing in particular at offensive tackle despite the fact that he had never previously played on the offensive line on the high school level.
"Before he came here, his only experience was at defensive end. We're not a deep team, so guys have to play both ways," Phelps said in the earlier interview.
"He's around 6'5" or 6'6". He's 280 pounds and he looks like he is 230. Offensive tackle was a position he had never played before, but I think it's his natural position. He has good feet in pass-blocking. He pulls well. He keeps his feet moving. The biggest transition for him was learning how to be an offensive lineman. He has only really played 10 weeks of offensive line. But I think he's excited about it.
"He likes the personal challenge. He likes the one-on-one challenge. In our league, what was his weakness but is now his greatest gain is that he can now pick up all the different looks in front of him."
In one week's time, Virginia has scored a quarterback (Good Counsel's Brendan Marshall) and an offensive lineman to block for him. Marshall and Olanrewaju are the first two class of 2013 prospects to commit to the Cavaliers.
TheSabre.com will have more on UVa's newest addition this week.