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The Virginia football team picked up a commitment from South Bend, Indiana, quarterback Ira Armstead on Saturday.

Armstead, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound dual threat signal caller, announced his pledge to the Cavaliers on his Twitter page. 

“I want to think Coach [Jason] Beck, Coach [Bronco] Mendenhall and the rest of the coaching staff for believing in me and my talents to play at the next level,” Armstead wrote.

Armstead, who is rated a three-star recruit by 247sports, will be part of Virginia’s 2020 recruiting class. He chose Virginia over offers from numerous MAC programs (Ball State, Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Eastern Michigan, Buffalo, Toledo and Central Michigan), Cincinnati (American Athletic Conference) and two Ivy League schools (Dartmouth and Princeton).

Armstead was an all-Northern Indiana Conference first-team selection at quarterback this past season for Adams High School in South Bend after accounting for more than 3,000 yards of offense and 29 touchdowns. Armstead passed for 2,197 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Eagles in 2018 while rushing for 1,087 yards and 17 touchdowns.

He will join a growing quarterback room at Virginia.

Senior Bryce Perkins will be the Cavaliers’ starting quarterback this upcoming season. He is expected to be backed up by redshirt freshman Brennan Armstrong and redshirt sophomore Lindell Stone. Quarterbacks R.J. Harvey, Luke Wentz and Jared Rayman are joining the program this fall as freshmen.

Armstead becomes the eighth member of Virginia’s 2020 recruiting class, joining cornerback Bud Clark, safety Donovan Johnson, defensive lineman Jahmeer Carter, offensive tackle Jimmy Christ, offensive lineman Jestus Johnson, receiver Lavel Davis and linebacker Sam Brady.

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John Shifflett is The Daily Progress sports editor. You can contact him at (434) 978-7250,, or @John_Shifflett.

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