The Virginia Cavaliers have received their second oral commitment of this recruiting year.
“I committed to Virginia on Saturday at their Blue-Chip Junior Day,” said Virginia Beach (Va.) Floyd E. Kellam safety Robbie Catterton. “I had a long talk with coach Groh and decided to commit.”
Catterton, who also had offers from East Carolina and Wake Forest and heavy interest from Michigan State, Maryland, Ohio State, Tennessee, Penn State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech, felt that Virginia was the best fit for him.
“I know it’s early in the process, but UVA is the place where I can get a quality education, play early and play for a national championship,” the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder said. “Also, coach Groh said I could play baseball at Virginia and baseball coach Womack told me I could walk-on and compete for a spot. After all that, you can call me a Cavalier.”
Catterton is a terrific baseball player. He hit .463 this past season with a home run, 16 runs-batted-in and was 18 for 18 in stolen base attempts as an outfielder. He was recently timed at 6.4-seconds in the 60, the fastest time of anyone in the state including first-round pick B.J. Upton. However, he's an even better football player.
As a sophomore, Catterton had 500 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns on offense and 101 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles on defense. As a junior he only played defense and made 115 tackles, assisted on 53 others, had four interceptions and forced three fumbles.