About a half-an-hour or so ago, Hackensack linebacker Jermaine Dias announced he will attend the University of Virginia.
Just a few minutes ago, TheSabre.com was able to catch up with Jermaine, who was relieved and energized about his decision.
“I’m excited,” said Dias, who will play outside linebacker for the Cavaliers. “It came down to UVa and UNC. What separated Virginia was the fact that they came across as knowing where I would fit in in the program better. Virginia got its point across to me about how much they wanted me and where I would fit in.”
The Virginia coaching staff has been recruiting Dias heavily from day one. As it turns out, Coach Groh was one of the main factors in Dias’ final decision.
“He was excited,” said Dias of Coach Groh’s reaction to the commitment. “I mean, Virginia’s campus and the team were really great, but if it wasn’t for Coach Groh, I probably wouldn’t have gone to UVa. He knew more about me than any other coach. He knew my strengths and my weaknesses and told me how, if I went to Virginia, I could improve.”
While the Cavaliers eventually earned Dias’ pledge, the decision did not come easy for the standout linebacker. Dias had a great official visit to North Carolina, which put the Tar Heels in prime contention with the Cavaliers.
In the end, Dias is satisfied with his choice.
“It was definitely tough,” said Dias. “Even after I made up my mind that I was going to Virginia, I was still thinking about North Carolina. I’m very happy with my decision though.”
Dias becomes the 19th verbal commitment for the Cavaliers. As a senior, he led Hackensack with 116 tackles and made 19 sacks.
One of the top linebackers in the country, Dias is rated as the #9 outside linebacker in the country by ESPN.com’s Tom Lemming and Rivals.com, respectively.
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