According to rivals.com, three-star offensive lineman Alec Eberle from Atlee High School in Mechanicsville had offers from Maryland, Connecticut and Old Dominion before he committed to Florida State on Wednesday.
Eberle (6 foot 4, 270 pounds) becomes the 13th junior from Virginia to commit to a Football Bowl Subdivision program – six to Virginia Tech, three to Virginia and one each to Florida State, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Tennessee.
Eberle was rated the No. 1 offensive lineman at an April camp in Richmond that was put on by Rivals. He was rated the No. 24 prospect among juniors in the annual Top 25 package published by The Roanoke Times last Christmas.
Eberle was a second-team All-Metro selection by The Richmond Times-Dispatch but would have had 20 offers had he waited, Atlee coach Roscoe Johnson told Eric Kolenich of the Times-Dispatch this week.
NO SOONER did Miami sophomore Shane Larkin go public with his plans to turn pro than the Hurricanes were linked with another point guard, transfer Angel Rodriguez from Kansas State.
Rodriguez, who averaged 11.4 points and 5.2 assists last season, comes from the south Florida area and reportedly will seek instant eligibility because of his need to deal with a family situation.
Rodriguez, whose family is from Puerto Rico, went to high school in Miami, where he caught the eye of former Wildcats coach Frank Martin, a Miami native who won two state championships at Miami Senior High School.
GONE AFTER one year at Georgetown is 6-10, 205-pound Branden Bolden, a Sumter, S.C., product who played for the Miller School outside Charlottesville as a junior in 2010-2011.
Bolden spent his final year of high school at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C., before heading to Georgetown, where he played in four games this season (for a total of five minutes).
NEBRASKA IS the school I’m hearing most prominently in connection with Paul Jesperson, who has requested a release from Virginia after starting 33 of 35 games last season.
(I mention that stat because virtual full-time starters don’t usually transfer, but I’m not saying it’s a bad decision by Jesperson, whose future playing time was unlikely to approach his 25.7 minutes per game this past season).
Nebraska is a rebuilding program that finished 15-18 this past season under first-year head coach Tim Miles. Presumably, Jesperson would be unable to play until 2014-2015, when he would have two years of remaining eligibility.
Schools looking at Jesperson would have to be intrigued by his 40 3-point field goals. The Cornhuskers had only two players last year who had more than 14 field goals and both would be gone by the time Jesperson would be eligible.
TRANSFERRING after one season at Southern Methodist is Blaise Mbargorba, a 6-foot-11, 210 freshman from the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J.
Mbargorba, who was redshirted by coach Larry Brown this year, took an official visit to Virginia Tech in the fall of 2011. He also visited Vanderbilt and had a total of 16 Division I offers, according to rivals.com.
Mbargorba was one of three 2011 SMU signees who decided to transfer. The Mustangs were 15-17 in Brown’s first year.
ALSO TRANSFERRING is Jamal Ferguson, who played in 14 games and for a total of 65 minutes this past season for a 26-9 Marquette team.
Ferguson is a 6-4 freshman guard from Maury High School in Norfolk. Enjoying a more prominent role for the Golden Eagles was another Virginian, 6-8, 290-pound junior Divante Gardner from Kings Fork High School in Suffolk.
Gardner was Marquette’s second-leading scorer (11.9 ppg) and third-leading rebounder. More impressively, he attempted 176 free throws and converted 83.5 percent.
Gardner, who did not make a single start, was named Big East Sixth Man of the Year.