In-State OL Decides

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UVa keeps on rolling in the commitments, adding yet another prospect today when North Stafford (VA) rising senior prospect Patrick Slebonick verbally committed to the ‘Hoos.

“I committed this morning,” Slebonick said. “I called and told Mike Groh. He passed the phone around to Coach [Ron] Prince and then Al Groh. They were all pretty excited. It’s a big relief to have my decision made, and I’m confident with my decision.”

Slebonick chose UVa over offers from Virginia Tech and NC State, and interest from Maryland, Tennessee, and West Virginia, among others. He started researching and visiting schools last year, which is a big reason why he felt ready to make his decision early in the recruiting process.

“I feel I made an informed decision,” Slebonick said. “I looked at the educational opportunities of schools, the campus life, and the coaching staff, and I felt UVa had the best opportunities for me in all of those areas.”

Last Sunday, Slebonick visited Charlottesville for a spring practice, where he learned more about the interaction between the coaches and players. He was impressed with his experience, which helped solidify his decision.

“I was really impressed with how hands-on the coaches were,” Slebonick said. “Coach Al Groh was right there coaching in a lot of the drills, which impressed me. The atmosphere was a positive, teaching atmosphere instead of a negative one. It was a big family atmosphere.”

At 6-4, 290 pounds, Slebonick plays offensive tackle in high school. According to Coach Cook, Slebonick exhibits good technique, footwork, and strength. He has also worked hard on and improved his speed this off-season.

“Pat is a technician,” Cook said. “He possesses great technique, good footwork and is great with his hands. Once he gets his hands on you, it’s pretty much all over. This off-season, we have been working with him on his speed. He is down to a 5.3 in the 40 yard dash, which is comparable to other guys at his position. Now we’ll work on his quickness and agility before next season.”

The Cavaliers have spoken with Slebonick about playing tackle on the next level, however he could move anywhere along the offensive line.

“They’ve talked to me about tackle, but I know I could move anywhere on the offensive line,” Slebonick. “They talked a lot about how they think I just fit in there system. They want big, tough guys and they want the best