Virginia coach Al Groh is off to another fast recruiting start. Earlier this week Cedric Peerman gave a verbal commitment to play football for the Cavs.
"Cedric has committed to play for Virginia," said Naruna (Va.) William Campbell coach Brad Bradley. "Of course, it's only a verbal commitment now, but it will be final as soon as possible. He's not a kid that will give a verbal commitment and then change his mind. This is something he's known he wanted to do for a while. When UVA offered, he knew it was right for him.
"Virginia has been talking to him for a while and sending him letters. They were recruiting him harder than anyone else. It's a big load off him and he can just focus on his senior season now. This lets him get rid of any doubt and put it all behind him. He's very happy with his choice."
While UVA was Peerman's lone offer, he was being recruited by Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Clemson and West Virginia, and was almost assured others.
"Other schools were recruiting him, but he was very up front with them the whole time. He even told them that he was probably going to Virginia. He wanted to be fair to other prospects and coaches at other schools.
"The biggest thing about UVA is that his family can come watch him play and see him a lot. It's only a one and a half hour drive from his home so that's important. The academics played a large role as well."
While Peerman was not home for comment, he did release a public statement:
"Earlier this week I contacted coach Groh to inform him of my verbal commitment to play football at the University of Virginia. The University of Virginia is a top-notch academic institution and that was one of the main factors in me making my decision.
"Also, the Cavalier football program in the past (few) years has been moving toward being a national title contender, and I want to help them achieve that goal. I'm excited about becoming a part of the UVA football program."
Cedric Peerman is the second verbal commitment in UVA's 2004 recruiting class.