Virginia continued their strong presence in the Commonwealth today with a commitment from a local safety. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder committed to the Cavaliers over eight other offers from Wake Forest, Arkansas, Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Rutgers.
"I committed today right after the spring game," Bealeton (Va.) Liberty safety Corey Lillard said. "I told the coaches and then I told Coach Groh. They were pretty happy and smiling. They were giving me hugs and really liked me.
"After I committed, they told me they were glad I finally came on the squad. They had been waiting for this."
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What made Lillard decide on the Wahoos?
"I've always liked Virginia since I've been down there," he said. "After the trips I compared them and nothing compared, education and football wise. I'm coming to a football team where they are getting players I know and it's a good recruiting class.
"I like Coach Lineburg too. He always was sending me letters and emails. He talked to me every way he could. I like Coach Groh a lot too. He was emailing me and asking how I'm doing. He didn't act like a head coach."
As mentioned earlier, education and location were also factors.
"Education was a big factor. I want to go to a school that I can get a really good degree," he said. "I don't want to just rely on football and at UVA I can go anywhere.
"Plus, they are an hour away from home. My parents love it and there is no better place to be."
Lillard mentioned that Penn State was starting to talk to him heavily, but he confirmed he is done with the recruiting process.