Amidst rumors that his commitment to UVa may not be totally solid, Salem (Virginia Beach, VA) outside linebacker recruit Antonio Appleby reaffirmed his decision last night.
“I already know I’m going to UVa, so it’s not an issue,” Appleby said when asked if the rumors were true. “I’m not sure how that rumor got out there. I know that’s how things kind of work” in recruiting.
“Basically, when I made my decision I pretty much closed the book.”
One of the top recruits in the state of Virginia, Appleby has been hearing consistently from the UVa staff since September 1st. The UVa staff is working hard to ensure Appleby stays in the fold.
“They know I’m going to be there already, so they don’t talk to me about keeping my commitment,” Appleby said. He said he has not spoken to anyone but the UVa coaches. “They just ask how my week went and tell me how they are doing in practice and in the games. I talk every week to all of the coaches. My main recruiter is Bob Price, but I talk to all of the coaches. It’s either right before or the day after their game.”
Appleby plans on attending both the Maryland and Miami games in November. He has yet to attend a game this year, but has taken notice of UVa’s season.
“They’re having a real good season,” Appleby said of UVa. “I mean they’re in the top 10, so it’s hard to complain about how they’ve played.”
Salem holds a disappointing 0-5 record in 2004, but they have been without their star for the past 2 games. Appleby suffered a high ankle sprain in the 4th quarter of game 3.
In a position change, the athletic 6-4, 230-pound Appleby has moved from defensive end to middle linebacker.
“I’ve been out the past 2 weeks with a high ankle sprain,” Appleby said. “This week will be my first week back. I was playing defensive end but everybody was running away from me. I played middle linebacker in the last game I played. I’ll probably play the rest of the season there. Playing linebacker allows me to read and react to plays, so I think it’ll be fun.”
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