St. Albans senior Charles Snowden (3) only started playing football for the Bulldogs three games into his junior season. Wednesday, he signed with Virginia. (Courtesy of Charles Snowden)

Charles Snowden / St. Albans / WR / / Statistics

Virginia Coach Bronco Mendenhall was just two months into the job when National Signing Day rolled around last winter. With his first season under his belt his, Mendenhall and his staff have successfully recruited a handful of local standouts.

One of the Cavaliers’ most intriguing signees on Wednesday was St. Albans senior Charles Snowden. As a wide receiver, the 6-foot-7, 200-pound playmaker caught 35 balls for 630 yards and 9 touchdowns, but the Cavaliers plan to groom Snowden’s wingspan and athleticism into an impact outside linebacker.

Snowden will be joined in Charlottesville by four other locals — Lake Braddock running back Lamont Atkins, Dominion defensive lineman Tommy Christ, Good Counsel wide receiver Darnell Pratt and Westfield kicker Brian Delaney.

For much of his life, Snowden focused on a future in basketball and did not play football for the Bulldogs until the fourth game of his junior year. This winter, he’s averaging over 11 points per game for the Bulldogs’ hoops team, but once he turns his focus completely to the gridiron, Snowden hopes to unlock serious potential.

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