Virginia received the fifth commitment within a one week spann today, when 6-0, 170 pound Pottstown (PA) cornerback Chris Gorham committed to Virginia over Notre Dame. Gorham had offers from both schools.
“He told me this morning that he had verbally committed to Virginia,” said Pottstown Assistant Coach Jim Mich. “He just felt comfortable with the program. He likes the ACC. He pretty much likes the whole package. He liked Coach Groh and Coach Price a lot. At Virginia he’ll get a good education too.”
Gorham has visited Virginia three times – once during the Spring game, once during the summer camp, and once on an official visit on the weekend of September 27th.
Following his official visit, he had this to say…
“It was nice,” said Gorham. “I had a great time. It was a great atmosphere for the football game. The game really started everything off great. It was good to see everyone in Charlottesville so excited by the victory. I kind of fed off of that and had a good time.”
In addition to scholarship offers from Virginia and Notre Dame, he had offers from Georgia Tech, Duke, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt.
Gorham plays safety and wide receiver for Pottstown and had a phenomenal year before he suffered a shoulder injury two-and-a-half games ago. He projects as a cornerback at UVA, although Coach Mich believes he could play anywhere in the defensive backfield.
“He’s not just a cover corner,” said Mich of Gorham. “We moved him to safety this year, and he’s really been hitting hard and tackling people. He’s made a lot of plays defensively this season. We’ve been very pleased with his play, and I think he could play anywhere in the defensive backfield at Virginia.”
Gorham enjoyed a great season on offense as well, leading the league in wide receiver yards and touchdowns.
With Gorham’s commitment, Virginia has received five players within one week. The other commitments include linebacker Devonta Brown, tight end Tom Santi, place kicker/punter Chris Gould, and Deep Creek defensive back/wide receiver Jamaal Jackson.
Virginia now has thirteen verbal commitments for the 2004 class.
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