National Early Signing Day 2018
Welcome to VirginiaSports.com's 2018 National Early Signing Day live page - your home for the latest updates from UVA football's 2018 signing class. Check here for live updates during the day, including signee bios and highlight videos.
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|Player||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (High School)||Highlights|
|Brennan Armstrong||QB||6-2||210||Shelby, Ohio (Shelby HS)|
|Jaylon Baker||CB||6-2||165||Chattanooga, Tenn. (Baylor School)|
|Joe Bissinger||OL||6-4||300||Houston, Texas (Memorial HS)|
|Derek Devine||OL||6-6||285||Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Allegheny HS)|
|T.C. Harrison||LB||6-3||205||Lawrenceville, Ga. (Collins Hill HS)|
|Bobby Haskins||OL||6-7||260||Fairfield, Conn. (The Hun School (N.J.))|
|Javar Garrett||LB||6-2||205||Newark, Del. (The Peddie School (N.J.))|
|Tavares Kelly||WR||5-9||165||Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)|
|Billy Kemp||HB||5-9||170||Highland Springs, Va. (Highland Springs HS)|
|Grant Misch||LB||6-4||230||Sterling, Va. (Potomac Falls HS)|
|Ugo Obasi||WR||6-1||180||Baltimore, Md. (Milford Mill Academy)|
|Hunter Pearson||PK||6-3||200||Seneca, S.C. (Seneca HS)|
|Bryce Perkins||QB||6-3||215||Queen Creek, Ariz. (Chandler HS/Arizona State/Arizona Western CC)|
|Jordan Redmond||DL||6-1||290||Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola HS)|
|Samson Reed||DL||6-2||265||Laie, Hawaii (Kahuku HS)|
|Noah Taylor||LB||6-5||200||Silver Spring, Md. (Avalon School)|
|Wooby Theork-Youmans||WR||5-10||170||Naples, Fla. (Naples HS)|
|Martin Weisz||OL||6-6||305||West Palm Beach, Fla. (The Benjamin School)|
|Joseph White||DB||6-2||175||Virginia Beach, Va. (Landstown HS)|
Meet The Players
6-2 210 QB
Shelby, Ohio Shelby HS
Will be a January enrollee and take part in 2018 spring practice ... played quarterback at Shelby High School for head coach Erik Will ... four-year starter ... led Shelby to a 13-1 record and an appearance in the Division IV state semifinals ... in 11 games he completed 100-of-165 passes for 1,933 yards and 30 touchdowns ... rushed for 1,105 yards and 22 touchdowns ... named first-team Division IV OPSWA All-State ... co-Richland Source Offensive Player of the Year ... in 2016 he threw for 2,321 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 1,065 yards and 18 touchdowns ... accounted for nine touchdowns in a game as a freshman, losing 83-82 to Tiffin Columbian, helping tie an Ohio High School Athletic Association record for combined points scored in a game ... completed 21-of-36 passes for 358 yards and five touchdowns in that game ... also rushed four 191 yards and four touchdowns in the record-tying game ... rated a four-star recruit by ESPN.com ... rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and Scout.com.
6-2 165 CB
Chattanooga, Tenn. Baylor School
Speedy dual-threat prep player at cornerback and wide receiver ... played for coach Phillip Massey at Baylor School ... team posted a 4-8 record in 2017 and reached the quarterfinals of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Division II Class AAA playoffs ... Baylor went 8-5 in 2016 and reached semifinals of state playoffs ... named to Division II-AA East/Middle all-region team ... had 33.5 tackles in nine games in 2017 ... picked off four passes in final prep season ... had seven touchdown catches as a senior ... averaged 24.1 yards per catch on 20 receptions in 2017 ... ... returned one interception and one fumble for scores in 2017 ... also plays basketball and competes on track & field team at Baylor High School ... competes in high jump, long jump and triple jump ... qualified for state championships in high jump in 2016 ... son of Stephanie and Tim Baker ... rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com.
6-4 300 OL
Houston, Texas Memorial HS
Played offensive tackle at Memorial High School for head coach Gary Koch ... was a three-time first-team all-district selection for the 6A school ... team went 3-6 his senior season with two games cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey and 2-8 as a junior ... team qualified for district playoffs in 2015 ... named to Houston Chronicle's Top-100 High School Football Recruits list ... was first player from Spring Branch Independent School District to commit to a Division I program for his class ... named to the Houston Touchdown Club 2017 UIL All-Preseason team ... academic all-state honorable mention ... team captain as a senior ... on Dave Campbell's Texas Top 300 Super Team ... Vype Houston Top 100 ... squat record holder (600 pounds) at Memorial High School ... 1,000 pound Club Record Holder (1,535) at Memorial High School ... member of the National Honor Society ... son of Dave and Meg Bissinger ... has three brothers, Mike, Luke and Ben ... great grandfather, Lysso Coco, played football at Spring Hill College in Alabama ... enjoys weight lifting and fishing ... community activities include Memorial Young Life and St. Cecilia Catholic Church "LifeTeen" ... is rated a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, 247Sports.com and a two-star recruit by Rivals.com.
6-6 285 OL
Pittsburgh, Pa. North Allegheny HS
Played offensive and defensive line at North Allegheny High School for head coach Art Walker ... two-time scholar athlete ... team was 8-4 his senior season and reached second round of WPIAL playoffs ... helped North Allegheny reach WPIAL Class 6A semifinals in 2016 ... named honorable mention in 2016 and first-team in 2017 ... named to the Pittsburgh Post-Tribune 2017 all-conference team ... also participates in wrestling at North Allegheny ... posted the most pins on the team as a junior ... three-time scholar athlete in wrestling and junior second champion ... son of Bob and Lisa Devine ... volunteer work includes church missions that helped rebuild homes in West Virginia, feeding the homeless at a soup kitchen and at The Woodlands, a special needs camp ... a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com ... a two-star recruit by Rivals.com.
6-3 205 OL
Lawrenceville, Ga. Collins Hill HS
Played linebacker at Collins Hill High School for head coach Lenny Gregory ... played linebacker in a 3-4 system at Collins Hill and made 55 tackles his senior season ... team went 6-5 his senior season ... was a second-team all-region selection as a junior ... standout for Collins Hill track program ... won 2016 and 2017 regional championship in the 300 meters ... MVP of prep track team in 2017 ... his high school coach, Lenny Gregory, was teammate of UVA offensive line coach Garett Tujague at BYU ... attended same high school as current UVA linebacker Rob Snyder ... son of Heidi and Danny Harrison ... father, Danny, lettering at linebacker at Georgia Tech from 1987 to 1989 where he had 103 career tackles.
6-7 260 OL
Fairfield, Conn. The Hun School (N.J.)
Played left tackle and defensive end at the Hun School for head coach Tom Smith ... named first-team all-league in 2017 and named to the New Jersey Mid-Atlantic Prep League All-Star team ... earned the 2017 U.S. Army Reserve National Student-Athlete Award ... also earned in 2017 the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Student-Athlete Award ... spent first three years of high school at Fairfield Prep where he also played tight end ... was a 2016 Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Class LL All-League tight end ... in 2016 earned ESPN Radio Connecticut High School Player of the Week and Connecticut Channel 12 TV Scholar Athlete of the Week honors ... earned the 2017 Reverend Adolpho Nicolas Award as the Outstanding Leader and the 2017 Reverend Eugene Bissette Award as the Outstanding Student-Athlete at Fairfield Prep ... also played basketball at Fairfield Prep and helped them win the 2015 Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Association LL State championship ... son of Bob and Kim Haskins ... has three sisters, Cooper, Julia and Peyton ... member of the National Honor Society ... Student Body Vice President at Fairfield Prep ... volunteer elementary school basketball coach at Cardinal Sheehan Center in Bridgeport, Conn. ... father, Bob, was a three-year letterman at Columbia as a defensive end ... enjoys golf ... a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com ... born in Greensboro, N.C.
6-2 205 LB
Newark, Del. The Peddie School (N.J.)
Played linebacker at The Peddie School for head coach Chris Malleo ... before his senior season was ranked the No. 27 player in New Jersey by NJ.com ... led team to a 7-2 record in 2017 and a share of the MAPL title ... named to Mid-Atlantic Prep League as a junior and senior ... tabbed by Times of Trenton's All-Area team in 2017 ... had an interception on one-yard line with a 1:12 to play to preserve Peddie's final win of the season ... named of the top 100 non-public school players in New Jersey following his junior season when Peddie went 6-2 ... previously played at Penns Grove (N.J.) High School as a sophomore where he had 82 tackles for the Red Devils ... earned third-team All-Group 1 honors that season by NJ.com and named to West Jersey Football League's All-Diamond Division (second team) ... son of Shonda and Ishmael Garrett ... father attended UVA and sister is currently a student at UVA ... a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and 247sports.com.
5-9 170 HB
Highland Springs, Va. Highland Springs HS
Speedy prep standout performer who played wide receiver, defensive back and returned kicks at Highland Springs High School for head coach Loren Johnson ... helped Highland Spring to consecutive Class 5A state titles as a junior and senior ... team went 14-1 his senior season ... in 2017 he had 49 catches for 981 yards and scored 16 touchdowns ... had three interceptions on defense as a senior ... named to 5B All-Region team ... started his high school career at Lee-Davis ... son of Ilene and Bill Kemp ... three-star recruit by ESPN.com ... two-star recruit by 247Sports.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com.
5-9 165 WR
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. St. Thomas Aquinas HS
A wide receiver and kick returner at St. Thomas Aquinas High School for head coach Roger Harriott ... as a senior caught 26 passes for 440 yards and five touchdowns ... also recorded 1,294 all-purpose yards, including 425 kick return yards and 386 punt return yards ... as a senior rushed the ball seven times for 43 yards and one touchdown ... during junior season he returned punts for 382 yards ... caught six passes in 2016 for 73 yards and one touchdown ... rushed the ball eight times for 133 yards and one touchdown ... part of St. Thomas Aquinas' 2015 and 2016 state championship teams, appearing in some postseason games as a sophomore in 2015 ... attends same high school as many current and former professional athletes, including Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, Hall of Fame tennis player Chris Evert, current Chargers' defensive lineman Joey Bosa and former Chicago Bear Brian Piccolo, who had his courageous fight with cancer documented in the TV movie Brian's Song ... a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com.
6-4 230 LB
Sterling, Va. Potomac Falls HS
Played tight end and linebacker at Potomac Falls High School for head coach Paul Barnes ... first-team all-conference linebacker in 2017 after making 56 tackles and three sacks ... named team's defensive MVP ... also earned first-team all-region and all-county at linebacker ... earned second-team all-conference honors at tight end ... made 96 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks as a junior, earning first-team all-conference honors, while being named second-team all-region and first-team all-county ... also plays basketball at Potomac Falls ... two-time team captain for the hoops team ... son of Robert and Kimberly Misch ... a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and 247sports.com.
6-1 180 WR
Baltimore, Md. Milford Mill Academy
Played wide receiver, cornerback and safety at Milford Mill Academy for head coach Reggie White ... earned all-county, all-conference and all-state honors in 2016 and 2017 at Milford Mill Academy ... was team MVP in 2015 ... earned first-team All-Met honors in 2016 and second-team All-Met honors in 2017 ... led Milford to the 3A state title game with 35 receptions for 717 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2017 ... caught 49 passes for 939 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2016 as a junior ... also plays small forward on the basketball team, earning team MVP honors in 2014, 2015 and 2016 ... on the Principles Dean List and honor roll and Milford Mill Academy ... volunteer work includes 100 for 100 food give away, talking to the youth at Scotts Branch Elementary and canned food drives ... son of Chinyere Whiting ... has two brothers, Harmony and Jesse ... enjoys fishing and horseback riding ... a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com.
6-3 200 PK
Seneca, S.C. Seneca HS
Was a placekicker at Seneca High School for head coach Hall Capps ... earned All-Western 3A Conference honors three years in a row ... was 8-of-10 on field goal attempts in 2017 with a long of 49 ... did not play football until he reached high school ... grew up playing sports year around, including basketball, baseball and soccer ... honor roll student ... son of Jeff and Becky Pearson ... has an older sister, Hayley ... volunteered with "Shop with a Bobcat," a school event where underprivileged children are taken Christmas shopping ... enjoys fishing and all sports.
6-3 215 QB
Queen Creek, Ariz. Chandler HS/Arizona State/Arizona Western CC
Will be a January enrollee and take part in 2018 spring practice ... played quarterback at Arizona Western Community College for head coach Tom Minnick ... helped lead the Matadors to the 2017 NJCAA Championship game, falling 31-28 to East Mississippi ... was 114-of-180 passing (63.3 percent) for 1,311 yards and seven touchdowns ... also rushed 69 times for 353 yards (5.1 avg.) and four touchdowns ... transferred to the community college in Yuma, Ariz., from Arizona State ... did not appear in any games for the Sun Devils after redshirting 2015 and missing all of 2016 with an injury ... played quarterback at Chandler High School for head coach Shaun Aguano and led the Wolves to the state championship in 2014, their first since 1949 ... passed for 138 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 78 yards and two scores in the 2014 Division I state championship game ... set an Arizona state high school record for single-season completion percentage, finishing the 2014 campaign at 74.6 percent (188-of-252) ... passed for 3,001 yards, 46 touchdowns and only six interceptions in 2014 ... also rushed for 697 yards with five rushing touchdowns in 2014 ... finished his Chandler career completing 72.4 percent of his passes on 364-of-503 passing ... connected for 70 career passing touchdowns with only 13 total interceptions ... passed for 5,332 career yards and rushed for 1,609 career yards with 26 touchdowns ... was named the 2014 American Family Insurance All-USA Arizona Division I Player of the Year ... his father, Bruce, lettered at Arizona State in 1988 and 1989 as a fullback and later played briefly in the NFL ... his uncle, Don Perkins, played eight seasons as a running back with the Dallas Cowboys ... his brother, Paul, is currently a running back with the New York Giants ... brother, Paul, was a three-year letterwinner at UCLA and faced Virginia in 2014 and 2015, as well as Bronco Mendenhall's 2015 BYU team.
6-1 290 DL
Kissimmee, Fla. Osceola HS
Played defensive line at Osceola High School for head coach Doug Nichols ... helped Kowboys to a 10-1 record his senior season ... reached regional semifinals of Class 8A playoff ... made 41 tackles and 9.0 sacks in 2017 as a senior ... named to all-county team as a junior and senior ... ranks No. 18 on the Sentinel Central Florida's Super60 list ... made 46 stops and 7.5 sacks as a junior in 2016 ... son of Juwan Crockett ... heavyweight on high school wrestling squad ... a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com.
6-2 265 DL
Laie, Hawaii Kahuku HS
Played defensive line at Kahuku High School for head coaches Vae Tata and Makoa Freites ... three-year varsity starter ... first-team all-state and first-team all-division ... recorded 52 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a senior ... was a finalist for Hawaii Gatorade Player of the Year ... in 2016 made 25 tackles, 13 of which were for a loss and six sacks ... made 14 stops, eight tackles for loss and three sacks as a sophomore in 2015 ... earned Adidas Freshman All-America honors in 2014 after posting 20 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks ... team defensive lineman of the year ... four-year honor roll recipient ... 2017 Football Scholar Athlete of the Year honoree ... volunteer work includes Kahuku Red Raider in Training Youth Football Camps, A+ After School Care Program, Campus Beautification and Community Beach Clean Up ... son of Tanoai and Suzanne Reed ... dad, Tanoai, played offensive line at Hawaii from 1991-94 ... grandfather, Leroy Reed, played defensive line for Southern Miss in 1961 ... great-uncle Harlan Reed played tight end at Mississippi State and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1967 ... great-uncle, Leo Reed, played offensive tackle at Colorado State and for the Houston Oilers, as well as the Denver Broncos ... enjoys snowboarding, reading (mystery and horror), watching movies and spending time with family ... a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com.
6-5 200 LB
Silver Spring, Md. Avalon School
Will be a January enrollee and take part in 2018 spring practice ... a four-year starter at Avalon School ... played linebacker and receiver at Avalon School for head coach Tyree Spinner, a former Cavalier ... Black Knights posted a 4-9 record his senior season ... school has approximately 100 students in high school grades ... born in Bronx, N.Y. ... son of Angelique Mitchell ... of a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com.
5-10 170 WR
Naples, Fla. Naples HS
Played wide receiver and cornerback at Naples High School for head coach Bill Kramer ... finished high school with 78 career receptions for 1,294 yards and 17 touchdowns ... posted 2,598 career all-purpose yards ... helped Naples to the district championship in 2017 and earned an invite to the Blue-Grey All-American game ... helped lead Naples to the district championship in 2016 and the second round of the state playoffs, earning first-team all-area and all-conference honors ... helped Naples to the 2015 district championship and a state semifinal appearance ... earned first-team all-area and all-conference honors ... will graduate with eight varsity letters between football, basketball and track ... four-year varsity member of the basketball team and three-year starter ... first-team all-area as a point guard and posted eight triple-doubles while leading Naples to the district championship ... son of Chip and Laurie Youmans ... has two brothers, Jack Youmans and Max Youmans ... has one sister, Ella Youmans ... enjoys listening to music, spending time with family and friends.
6-6 305 OL
West Palm Beach, Fla. The Benjamin School
Played offensive and defensive line at The Benjamin School for head coach Ron Ream ... four-year letterwinner ... first-team all-area by the Sun Sentinel ... first-team all-district by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association ... all-conference academic team by the Southeastern Football Conference ... rated No. 20 by ESPN West Palm Beach's Top 63 ratings of senior football players in Palm Beach/Treasure Coast County ... posted 70 pancake blocks as a senior ... recorded 52 pancake blocks as a junior ... posted 24 pancake blocks as a sophomore ... invited to play in the Blue-Grey Football All-American game ... team captain as a senior and earned The Benjamin School's Coaches Award in 2017 ... earned the Exceeded Expectations Award at Rivals 3-Stripe Camp, which is given to four players out of 250, for outstanding achievement during the Rivals Football Showcase ... son of Peter and Alla Weisz ... born in Indianapolis, Ind. ... has two brothers, Max and Andrew ... was class president as a sophomore and junior ... student council president as a senior ... president of the Jewish Student Union from 10th grade through 12th grade ... at times during his high school career he has also held office in various school organizations, including vice president of speech and debate club, assistant team captain of speech and debate club, secretary and president of finance club.
6-2 175 DB
Virginia Beach, Va. Landstown HS
Played wide receiver and defensive back at Landstown High School for head coach Tommy Reamon, who coached former UVA quarterback Aaron Brooks ... named first-team All-Beach District at wide receiver in 2017 and at defensive back ... helped Landstown go 12-1 record and appearance in Class 6 Regional A final ... in 2016 earned first-team All-Tidewater honors with 18 pass breakups, 40 tackles and seven interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns ... also caught 45 passes for 850 yards in 2016 ... son of Bethany and Kenneth White ... a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com.