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Posted at 5:55 PM ET, 11/28/2010

QB David Watford plans to enroll at Virginia for 2011 spring semester

By Steve Yanda

Hampton High School quarterback David Watford, who gave an oral commitment to Virginia in July, plans to enroll at the university and begin taking classes during the spring 2011 semester, according to his mother, Angela.

Rated by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit, Watford concluded his senior season of high school ball Friday with a 12-7 loss to Phoebus in the Eastern Region Division 5 title game.

"Right now his decision, and I’m with him, is that he would like to go early," Angela Watford said Sunday in a telephone interview. "If everything works out okay with UVa and with his high school with where his grades are right now, our plan is to enroll him in the University of Virginia in January if they accept everything. That’s where we are right now. He wants to go early."

Angela Watford said she will meet with the Hampton High principal, as well as her son's high school guidance counselor, to ensure that David's grades are acceptable for early admittance into Virginia. Assuming everything is in line, Angela said, David will disenroll at Hampton and enroll at Virginia in time to begin school in Charlottesville in January.

"I’ve been in contact with (Virginia officials) to make sure that he’s in line (academically) and that everything at this point is acceptable," Angela Watford said, "and so far it has been."

In an interview earlier this fall, David Watford said he had been weighing the pros and cons of leaving high school a semester early. He said that he would miss out on social activities, such as attending the prom, but he acknowledged the opportunity to get a head start on earning a college degree, as well as on learning Virginia's offensive playbook.

With fifth-year senior quarterback Marc Verica having wrapped up his collegiate career with Saturday's 37-7 loss at Virginia Tech, the Cavaliers will be looking for a new starting quarterback. That process will begin during spring practices, activities in which it appears Watford will be able to participate in.

Virginia's other options at quarterback currently include true freshman Michael Rocco and redshirt freshman Ross Metheny -- each of whom took snaps in games this season -- as well as true freshman Michael Strauss, who enrolled at Virginia a semester early last spring.

"In reality, modern day football, you better have the quarterback operating if you want to score points," Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said following Saturday's season-ending defeat. "That's just how it goes, and that's what I believe in. And everywhere I've been, that's how it's been. It's a huge job ahead for me and for these guys to get ready."

Strauss and sophomore defensive tackle Will Hill are examples of players on Virginia's roster that entered college a semester early. Strauss redshirted this past season, while Hill saw increased playing time during the final few weeks of Virginia's 4-8 campaign.

It appears Watford will be the next football player to enroll at Virginia a semester early.

"I’ve always been very proud of David academically, as well as athletically and the man that he has become," Angela Watford said. "He’s a great student, he’s a great athlete and he’s a great son, so as a mom, I couldn’t be more proud of everything he’s achieved.

"Even in Friday’s game, I was so proud because he played so hard. I could see it. I could feel his determination, and if he rolls that into his oncoming years at UVA, there’s no telling what he can achieve. I’m ready for him to just be all he can be and move on to bigger and greater things."

By Steve Yanda  | November 28, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
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Comments

grayshirting a three-star recruit?

do Rocco and Metheney suck THAT bad?

Posted by: Durham2 | November 28, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Smart move by Watford. Win the job now. If either Rocco or Metheny were any good, Verica would have remained on the bench where he belonged. London will play the best guy, period! UVA hasn't had quality QB play in almost 10 years. Frankly, UVA would have been 8-4 this year with an AVERAGE QB and kicker despite the overall lack of playmakers! Look at the games we gave away. And that's BEFORE we even address the bonehead penalties and poor tackling that killed us throughout the season.

Posted by: Cavalier1985 | November 28, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

It does seem a bit desperate to make the guy give up his spring semester and high school prom...


Posted by: Benson | November 29, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

not that anyone will read this....but Cav1985, you're wrong.....think Matt Schaub sucked while he was here? He put up great numbers without great WRs.....and best of all, he developed into a top tier franchise QB....in fact, we hadn't had a great QB since Shawn Moore before that, and that -owksi guy in the 80s.....

Posted by: joshisandeep2 | November 29, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

not that anyone will read this....but Cav1985, you're wrong about the QB in 10 yrs thing.....think Matt Schaub sucked while he was here? He put up great numbers without great WRs.....and best of all, he developed into a top tier franchise QB....in fact, we hadn't had a great QB since Shawn Moore before that, and that -owksi guy in the 80s.....

Posted by: joshisandeep2 | November 29, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

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