After a dominating performance against a Top 20 team, the Cavs received some excellent news on one of their top prospects. Virginia has received a verbal commitment from one of the best athletes on their recruiting board.
"I committed to Virginia yesterday," said Emmanuel Byers. "I talked to Coach Groh a lot before and after the game against Maryland and made up my mind. I had pretty much decided it was going to be Virginia before the game, but that left no doubt in my mind.
"It was either going to be UVA, Wake Forest or Tennessee. My high school season ended last week with a loss so I figured it was time to start my college career in a way."
Byers is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound athlete from High Point (N.C.) Ragsdale. He lined up at both cornerback and wide receiver, but Virginia wants him exclusively as a wideout.
"I spent some time with the team and I'll get to do more of that in a few weeks when I take an official visit."
Byers was one of Virginia's top prospects at wide receiver, a position of need with star Billy McMullen heading to the NFL next year. How solid is Byers?
"I consider myself to be a very solid verbal commitment. I'm pretty much closing the whole recruiting deal now. I haven't told any other teams yet, but they'll find out today or tomorrow probably.
"Just everything about the program impressed me. The school, football program, coaches, fans -- everything. I decided I had to come to UVA."
Byers said he picked the Cavaliers over offers from schools such as Georgia, Virginia Tech, Marshall, North Carolina, NC State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and others.