Hampton High quarterback David Watford plans to attend Virginia in January 2011

By Steve Yanda
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 29, 2010; 12:25 AM

Hampton High School quarterback David Watford, who gave an oral commitment to Virginia in July, plans to enroll at the university and begin taking classes during the spring 2011 semester, according to his mother, Angela.

Rated by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit, Watford concluded his senior season of high school ball Friday with a 12-7 loss to Phoebus in the Eastern Region Division 5 title game.

"Right now his decision, and I'm with him, is that he would like to go early," Angela Watford said Sunday in a telephone interview. "If everything works out okay with U-Va. and with his high school with where his grades are right now, our plan is to enroll him in the University of Virginia in January if they accept everything. That's where we are right now. He wants to go early."

Angela Watford said she will meet with the Hampton High principal, as well as her son's high school guidance counselor, to ensure that David's grades are acceptable for early admittance into Virginia. Assuming everything is in order, Angela said, David will disenroll at Hampton and enroll at Virginia in time to begin college in January.

With fifth-year senior quarterback Marc Verica having wrapped up his collegiate career with Saturday's 37-7 loss at Virginia Tech, the Cavaliers will be looking for a new starting quarterback. That process will begin during spring practices, activities in which it appears Watford will be able to participate.

Virginia's other options at quarterback include freshman Michael Rocco and redshirt freshman Ross Metheny - both of whom took snaps in games this season -plus freshman Michael Strauss, who enrolled a semester early last spring.

"In reality, modern day football, you better have the quarterback operating if you want to score points," Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor said Saturday. "That's just how it goes, and that's what I believe in."

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