UVa Football Hosts 7-on-7 Tournament Saturday

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email
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Over 40 high school football teams from up and down the east coast came to Charlottesville Saturday for a 7-on-7 Tournament at UVa.

The event gave teams a chance to evaluate their skill position players and for those players to be instructed and watched by college coaches, including Virginia's Mike London.

"It's always important as a player that you learn how to take your game to the next level. We have other college coaches out here and they're evaluating," London explained. "It gives a young man a chance to be seen by a college coach. So the opportunities present themselves for perhaps scholarships and that's the most important part. Being taught, being evaluated and creating opportunities for themselves."

London and his coaching staff also use the event as a way to shine a spotlight on the program and appeal to interested recruits.

"Young men come on grounds here and they have a chance to see the facilities and it makes a difference," London said. "It makes a difference in that what they already know about the school is kind of corroborated by the fact they spend time walking around afterwards and their vision of what they thought has been positive for them."

One of those players is Gonzaga (MD) quarterback Nick Johns.

A year ago at the same camp, Virginia offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild was so impressed by Johns that he gave the then-rising sophomore his first official offer to play college football.

One year later, Johns is a Virginia commit for the Class of 2015.

Johns returned to his future home Saturday and explained his decision to give the Cavaliers his verbal.

"I believe the football team's on the rise," Johns said. "They have three phases: great social life, great academics and we're going to create a great football program. I think if we bring in a great class this year we're going to be a powerhouse in the ACC."

Johns is putting in work trying to make that statement come to fruition. He's been burning up the phone lines trying to convince other 2015 recruits to join him in Charlottesville.

Being at UVa Saturday gave Johns the chance to study up on his future home so he can improve on his sales pitch.

"It's great getting familiar with the whole scene," he explained. "I'm working hard on other guys and I need to know more about the school to explain to other recruits what's so great about it."

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