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The Virginia football team continued its quest to get bigger on Saturday with a verbal commitment from 6-foot-6 wide receiver Lavel Davis Jr.

Davis is the fifth member of the Cavaliers’ 2020 class, joining defensive lineman Jahmeer Carter (6-2, 297), offensive linemen Jimmy Christ (6-7, 285) and Jestus Johnson (6-3, 320) and defensive back Ja’Darius Clark (6-1, 170).

Davis committed Saturday after an unofficial visit. He also has offers from Georgia Tech, Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina and Liberty. Last season, the rising senior at Woodland High School in Dorchester, South Carolina, caught 70 passes for 1,007 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Virginia’s 2019 class was wide receiver heavy. Dorien Goddard (6-3, 210) enrolled early and has been on campus since January. Dontayvion Wicks (6-3, 200) and Nathanial Beal (6-5, 205) arrive this summer. In 2018, UVa added Ugo Obasi (6-1, 180) and speedy slot receivers Tavares Kelly and Billy Kemp, both of whom saw snaps last season.

This spring, the Cavaliers also added a pair of graduate transfer wide receivers in Dejon Brissett from Richmond and Terrell Chatman from Arizona State. They’ll likely see the field early this fall alongside Hasise Dubois, Joe Reed and Kelly. But there will be a lot of turnover in the receivers’ room over the next two years, so the Cavaliers are investing in the position.

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Ron Counts covers University of Virginia athletics for The Daily Progress.​ Contact him at, (434) 978-7245, or on Twitter @Ron_CDPsports.

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