Mike London has already built a solid 2014 recruiting class, and now he's off to a good start for 2015, as well. Last night, Virginia stayed in-state, and picked up their first commitment for 2015, Juan Thornhill - a 6-2, 175 pound ATH.
The Cavaliers were the first program to offer Thornill, who plays at Altavista (Va.) High. But the junior, who lines up on both sides of the ball for Altavista (quarterback and safety), was starting to attract plenty of attention. Over the course of his junior season, Thornhill finished the regular season with almost 1,800 yards of total offense, and picked off five passes while playing safety.
Duke, ECU, James Madison, Richmond and Virginia Tech expressed interest in Thornhill, too.
According to Thornhill, Virginia had a lot to offer him, which is why he wasted little time committing to them. As he told CavsCorner.com, "It was a good place to go and get a good education, so I didn't want to hold out. I really liked how they treated me on my visits to Virginia. They treated me like I was part of the family - that was really a big part of it for me."
Thornhill is a dynamic talent at quarterback, but he will most likely become a full-time defensive back once he gets to Charlottesville. London's staff has him pegged slotted as a safety, but - according to Thornhill - they are already planning to utilize his talents in a variety of ways.
UVa's safeties coach Anthony Poindexter was critical in this recruitment process. Poindexter was in Altavista last Friday to watch Thornhill play, which meant a lot to the junior athlete. "Coach (Anthony) Poindexter was important too. He seems like a great guy and played a big part in my commitment, especially since he's my position coach, too."
Thornhill's talents extend beyond the football field. He plays point guard for Altavista's team, which won the Virginia state championship in 2013.
For highlights of Thornhill, check below.
(By the way, it appears as though Thornhill himself put this package together, so well done there, too.)