Virginia lands her second football engagement of the day with Lora de Woodberry: Jerry Ratcliffe

By Jerry Ratcliffe

Virginia’s future defensive line got a boost Friday when one of the state’s top 20 prospects announced his commitment to Tony Elliott’s Cavaliers.

Rodney Lora, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive lineman from nearby Woodberry Forest, announced his decision on his Twitter account. Lora, a native of New Jersey, chose UVA over Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Michigan, Indiana and Rutgers’ home state.

Lora visited Virginia football last week and loved everything about the school and the coaching staff. He also made official visits to UNC, Michigan and Rutgers.

Rated a 3-star by Rivals, he’s ranked No. 20 in Virginia State’s outlook for the 2023 recruiting class. 247Sports’ composite ranked him No. 17 in the state and defensive line No. 78. nation.

It has also been offered by Syracuse, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College, and Duke. UVA was the first Power Five program offered to him and he traveled to Charlottesville at the end of March and then again last week.

At Woodberry, Lora is coached by former UVA player Jackson Matteo.

Lora, who is also an excellent discus and shot put thrower, is Virginia’s seventh commitment in 23. He was the second player to commit to UVA on Friday along with TeKai Kirby, the son of former Cavaliers star running back Terry Kirby (see related article on this site).

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