Four-star offensive tackle Lamar Milstead took an official visit to North Carolina this past weekend. On his way back from Chapel Hill, the Washington (D.C.) Coolidge lineman made a stop through Charlottesville to check out Virginia. Did the 6-foot-5, 266-pounder change his commitment?
"My trip to North Carolina was good," he said. "I decided on my way back from there we'd stop by Virginia and that's when I decided to commit to Al Groh and the Cavaliers.
"Don't get me wrong, there's nothing bad about North Carolina. It's a great school, for me it's just a little bit late in my high school career to get to know a new coaching staff. There were a few things that were keeping me from committing to Virginia earlier, but after a conversation with my father I realized those things shouldn't cloud my judgment and in the end it was an easy decision."
Milstead arrived on campus at early this afternoon.
"I got there and walked around the stadium, checked out the campus and more," he said. "Then early this evening, I talked with coach Groh. I told him I was committing and he's usually a pretty calm person, but I could tell he was very excited to have me. Once I did that, I contacted North Carolina and they were very understanding about the whole situation."
What made the four-star prospect switch his commitment in the end?
"It was a little bit of two things," he said. "It's the fact North Carolina has a new coaching staff that I really don't know where I fit into their scheme, and the fact that Virginia has been with me since tenth grade. I've talked to them a lot and have really gotten to know coach Price and felt welcome at UVA."
As far as playing time, Milstead will be given a chance to compete immediately when he arrives in Charlottesville.
"I'm pretty sure like all other recruits, if I'm ready to play they'll let me, but if not I'll redshirt."
The No. four prospect in the District of Columbia is the 25th commitment for the Cavaliers this season.