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For the second time in three days, the Virginia football team has added a player to its 2020 recruiting class.

On Tuesday, 6-foot-4, 205-pound rising senior Sam Brady verbally committed to the Cavaliers. He plays wide receiver and safety at North Lincoln High School in Lincolnton, North Carolina, but he’ll join the Wahoos as an outside linebacker.

On Sunday, defensive back Donovan Johnson committed to the Cavaliers. Brady is the seventh member of the class, and on Sunday, another defensive back from Louisiana, Caleb Anderson, suggested on Twitter that he’s close to committing.

Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall said in February that the Cavaliers only have 12 or 13 scholarships available for 2020. If all of its current verbal commitments sign, UVa is well on its way to a complete class by the early signing period in December.

Brady was on Grounds on Monday for Virginia’s one-day “Hoos Rising” camp. He left with a scholarship offer and needed just one day to make his decision. In May, Brady also impressed at The Opening combine in his home state when he finished with a 40-yard dash time below 4.6 seconds and a 119.25 overall rating, which ranked No. 1 out of 1,000 players in attendance.

Brady fits the Cavaliers’ model of lanky, athletic linebackers, such as Charles Snowden (6-6), Noah Taylor (6-5), Elliott Brown (6-5) and Hunter Stewart (6-3). Brady is the first linebacker to commit to the 2020 class.  

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

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