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Virginia Finishes 13th In Directors' Cup Rankings
Virginia finished 13th in the final 2006-07 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup competition for Division I schools. It marks the 14th consecutive year, since the program's inception, the Cavaliers have recorded a top 30 finish.
UVa is one of 15 schools to rank in the top 30 of the final Directors' Cup standings in each of the 14 years of the program's existence.
Virginia's 13th place finish ties for the second highest ranking by the UVa athletics program in the Directors' Cup competition. Virginia finished eighth in 1999, and finished 13th in 2005, 2000 and 1998. UVa finished 26th in last year's Directors' Cup competition.
Teams or individuals in 21 of Virginia's 25 sports advanced to postseason competition in 2006-07, including 20 in NCAA championship events. UVa's athletics year was highlighted by second place finishes by the women's lacrosse and women's rowing teams in NCAA Championships, while the men's soccer and men's tennis teams both reached the NCAA semifinals. In addition, the Cavaliers' Somdev Devvarman became the first men's tennis player from the Atlantic Coast Conference to win the NCAA singles championship and the women's rowing team's varsity four won the NCAA Championship in that event for the third time in the last four years.
UVa was the top Division I program in the state of Virginia in the Directors' Cup standings with 945 points and one of four ACC schools to finish in the top 15. North Carolina finished third with 1,161.33 points, while Duke was 11th (988.25) and Florida State 15th (924.25). Wake Forest finished 23rd (708.50).
To read the full release, check out Virginiasports.com.
This Week In Recruiting
Football recruiting ...
Last week was another good week as far as football recruiting is concerned, as UVa came away with two verbal commitments.
The commitment from 6-7, 290-pound offensive lineman/defensive lineman Corey Lewis was expected. The East Stroudsburg (Stroudsburg, PA) star visited Virginia the previous week with his father and made no secret of his desire to commit to the Cavs. He had initially wanted to make a return visit to Charlottesville this past week with his mother, but did not. He decided to go ahead and commit anyway, putting Virginia's commitment number at 10.
Lewis is an athletic offensive line recruit who has excellent speed for his size. In a combine earlier this spring, he ran a 4.9 in the 40-yard dash. He also plays basketball. Lewis is being recruited initially as an offensive tackle, but offensive guard or defensive line are possibilities as well.
Lewis, who attended Christchurch School his first two years of high school, is great friends with incoming freshman linebacker J'Courtney Williams, who also attended Christchurch. He plans to recruit another friend, Christchurch rising senior wide receiver Deion Walker, for the Cavs. Though Lewis' decision certainly does not guarantee anything for UVa with respect to the 6-3, 180-pound Walker, it certainly does not hurt.
Virginia's 11th verbal commitment came late Thursday night, when 6-4, 185-pound punter Matt Zubyk pledged to the Hoos. Zubyk is a talented punter out of Francis Parker High School in San Diego, California. He had received a scholarship offer from Virginia a few weeks prior to last week's camp. He visited for the camp and had a terrific experience, pledging to the Hoos just a day after returning home.
Zubyk chose Virginia over offers from Air Force and Navy and interest from Northwestern and Stanford. As a junior last season, he averaged 44.4 yards per punt on 25 tries.
In other news, top linebacker Shayne Hale reportedly narrowed his list of schools to four - Michigan, Ohio State, Virginia, and West Virginia. The 6-3, 220-pound Gateway (Monroeville, PA) star, one of the top linebacker recruits in the country, confirmed his finalists last night to TheSabre.com. We hope to catch up with Hale later today for a complete interview with a full article coming as soon as possible.
This news is certainly great news for the Hoos. Virginia is considered one of the teams to beat for 5-7, 155-pound KR/PR/WR Cameron Saddler, who is one of Hale's teammates. The two have expressed an interest in attending the same school. Three of Hale's four finalists (with the exception of Ohio State) are part of Saddler's final 10 list.
Hale, an AAAA all-state performer his junior season, racked up 105 tackles including 13 tackles-for-loss and five sacks on the year.
Virginia landed a few commitments but lost out on several other prospects. Lee County (Sanford, N.C.) RB Jay Hollingsworth committed to Duke last Tuesday. He attended Virginia's summer camp, but did not receive significant attention from the staff. With Virginia's recent run of commitments, including a commitment from RB Torrey Mack out of Connecticut, Hollingsworth did not appear to be high on the target list.
QB Mike Glennon (N.C. State), QB Andrew Luck (Stanford), and DB/LB Marcus Dowtin (Georgia) were other decisions that went against the Hoos.
Virginia has 11 commitments in the fold. Look for the final number of recruits in this class to be around 18 to 20. Stay tuned later this week for the Recruiting Roundtable, a look at Virginia's class up to this point and where the staff may go with its remaining scholarships.
Basketball recruiting ...
Look for more updates on the basketball recruiting front this week, including an update on 6-7, 270-pound South Kent (CT) PF/C Christian Morris. Morris attended the NBPA Top 100 camp in June. He was not able to take a tour around the grounds, but Virginia remains high on his list of schools. He is mainly considering three schools, though he is open to others as well.
Also, basketball recruiting fans should check out the recruiting cards of star rising seniors Elliot Williams (G), John Brandenburg (C), Sylven Landesberg (G), and Morris for exclusive pictures from the NBPA Top 100 Camp. These player photos are for EDGE subscribers only.
Chris Horne, our resident recruiting expert, provides updates throughout the week for Edge subscribers about UVa's commitments and recruiting targets in football and men's basketball. To sign up for an Edge subscription, please check out the Sabre Edge Sign Up and Information Page. If you're already on board as an Edge subscriber, click the links below to catch up on recruiting.
Sabre Edge recruiting updates from the past week ...
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Ron Darden commits to the Hoos
Virginia received a timely commitment this week from Glen Burnie (MD) offensive lineman Ron Darden. Darden's commitment came shortly after his official visit to UVa last weekend. The news helped offset the recent decommitment from UVa by OL Randy Hand from Estero, Florida.
Darden was relatively unknown before the season began, and Rivals100.com had him listed as just a two-star recruit with no ranking at his position.
"He's only been playing football for about two years," Glen Burnie Head Football Coach Brad Wilson said. "He's 6-4, 320, and runs a 5.2 forty. He just turned 17. He's not a fat or sloppy 320, he's built like a man. He benches 370, power cleans 275, dead lifts 765 and squats 420."
Darden made great strides over the past season and improved so much that he was invited to participate in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, Texas along with fellow UVa recruits Ahmad Brooks, Kai Parham, Kwakou Robinson and Maurice Stovall. Schools started to take notice of Darden during his summer workouts in Maryland, but not many top schools got a close look at him in time to make a move.
"We have a junior combine here in Maryland every spring," Coach Wilson said. "When I sent all of my juniors there, the guy that stood out, mainly because of his size, was Ron. Then, when he ran the forty - for someone that big to run the time that he did, was pretty impressive. He went to a Maryland summer camp and did well, and they offered him right there."
While Darden has played only two years of high school football, he has improved greatly and become a versatile player, especially for his size.
"He played both ways for us," Coach Wilson added. "At this point in his football career, I believe he is a better offensive lineman. We played him at offensive guard. We run the shotgun 90 percent of the time. He pulls and traps. Two years ago, before he started playing football, he was quiet and to himself. I guess that was because of his size. Over the last couple of years, he's become more of a vocal person - a little more outgoing - he's showed some leadership qualities. Those things have just gotten better over the last couple of years. He has excellent feet for a big guy. That's one of the first things that colleges coaches have noticed when they've watched him on film."
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