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McLeod abruptly makes his pick

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The Cavaliers had a big recruiting day on Saturday landing four commitments. Maryland athlete Rodney McLeod out of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic was one of three defensive backs that gave a pledge to Virginia. What made the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder decide on heading to Charlottesville?
"I actually told coach London at the end of the day," he said. "He was pretty excited and seemed surprised. I didn't get to talk to coach Groh, but coach London welcomed me to the team and said he was glad to have me."
The three-star prospect went into detail about what made him choose the Cavaliers.
"It was really the environment and the education," he said. "They have a pretty good educational program at the school and I liked how the coaches talked about the high graduation rate amongst black students including football players. They also fight for the No. 1 public school with Michigan.
"In addition, I like the coaching staff. They are cool and really straight forward about their high goals and what they want to do in the future. Coach London in particular seems like a real down-to-earth guy and someone I could bond and build a relationship with. I was also impressed with the players. Talking to them, it seems like there is a family bond."
Coming into the visit, McLeod wasn't considering the decision.
"I wasn't planning this, but I really liked it there," he said. "Something told me to go for it and I did. Everything on the day combined and made it a great trip."
As far as his position, the coaches haven't said much yet.
"They talked to me about cornerback, but they also said the wide receiver coach may try to get me there," he said. "More than likely I'll end up at corner which is fine with me. The coaches haven't talked about playing time at all yet."
The No. 8 prospect in Maryland assured he is finished with the recruiting process.
"I'm done and am not going to any other camps this summer."
McLeod committed to the Cavaliers over offers from Virginia Tech, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State and Syracuse.
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