July 3, 2009

Cavaliers set to pick up DE

Virginia's recent camp was a great opportunity for some of the school's top prospects to come out and impress the coaching staff.

That's why Flushing (N.Y.) Holy Cross made the trip to Charlottesville, at least. The 6-foot-1, 250-pound defensive end from the Empire State performed very well at the event. So well, in fact, that he came away from an offer.

While Brathwaite has not yet told the UVa coaching staff about his plans, he knows what he plans to do with his future.

"I think I'm going to commit to UVa," Brathwaite said on Friday evening. "It's pretty much official. I've still got to tell (the coaches), but you can go ahead and put me in as committed."

Brathwaite was impressed with how the camp went at UVa, just as the coaches were impressed with him.

"I found out they were offering yesterday. I was kind of expecting it after the camp. I did pretty well there. I spoke with coach (Al) Groh and coach (Ron) Prince afterward so I felt pretty confident.

"I really liked the school. I had been there before for the NIKE Camp and I just camp back for this camp. Everything went pretty well. I really like the school and the coaching staff.

"The camp was good. I was mostly playing outside linebacker, mainly rushing the passer. I did pretty well at that and that's what I like to do. I've thought about how I would fit in there. I've never played the position before (OLB) but I can work at it. I think I'd do well in their defense the way it's run."

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