Virginia landed its eighth football commitment for the 2014 class over the weekend.
Take a bow, Steve Fairchild.
The UVa offensive coordinator was instrumental in getting a pledge from three-star tight end Evan Butts.
“Coach Fairchild, I really believe he made this whole thing possible and set me on track and motivated me,” Butts said by phone Sunday evening. “I can’t say enough about him. I really appreciate his effort throughout this whole process.”
The 6-foot-4 Butts is a Newton Square, Pa., native. He attends Episcopal Academy in the Philadelphia area. Saturday, he was in Charlottesville at Mike London’s One Day Camp.
Cue the scholarship offer.
“I showed up to camp around 227 [pounds],” Butts said. “I ran really well. During the camp, Coach London pulled me aside and gave me the good news.”
Late Saturday evening, Butts called Fairchild to tell him he had accepted the offer. He was a Cavalier. Sunday, it became public — as did Butts’ praise for his soon-to-be OC.
“First and foremost, he knows the game of football,” Butts said of Fairchild. “He’s coached at various high levels — Division I head coach, NFL. He’s a great guy. He believed in me early on when other schools didn’t. He really pulled for me, motivated me. He’s a straight shooter.
“He’s just a great guy.”
Fairchild, hired in late January to replace the departed Bill Lazor, has a résumé that includes a four-year run as the Colorado State head coach, plus four separate stints as an NFL assistant. He was an offensive assistant for the San Diego Chargers last season.
“That’s always fun and always exciting to know you’re going to be working with a coach who’s done that,” Butts said “It gives you a good feeling to know that you’re working with a guy who’s made it, who’s been there before and knows what it takes.”
Butts, who also long-snaps and plays defensive end in high school, chose UVa over the likes of Army, Boston College, Rutgers and Pitt.
He said Virginia is his “dream school.”
“It’s my dream school,” Butts said, “because UVa really is the perfect combination of athletics and academics, and that’s what I’m looking for.”