Fork Union football player Tyrell Chavis said Wednesday that he is decommitting to Virginia in the wake of Cavalier coaching changes this past week.
"I'm going to decommit and see what other schools are interested," said Chavis, a defensive lineman who originally signed with Virginia in February but did not meet NCAA eligibility requirements. "I still might end up going to the University of Virginia."
Chavis said he has talked to coaches from Miami, North Carolina and he also is looking at Virginia Tech.
Chavis, from Varina High School in Richmond, was recruited by Jim Reid and Jeff Hanson, two of four UVa assistants who were relieved of their duties last weekend.
"It was shocking," Chavis said. "I really didn’t know what to think."
Chavis was rated as a 3-star guard by Rivals and a 4-star defensive tackle by 247. It sounds like he'd play DT at UVa.
"He's a violent player. He's not fundamental," Coach Brown said in an interview in May. "He's got to work on his technique, but gosh is he violent. One of the Division 1AA coaches that came in here said he reminded him of Deacon Jones because of how aggressive he plays. Tyrell is a good talent."
Chavis attended Blue Ridge School his sophomore year before returning for Varina last fall. Brown was certainly pleased to have the big man back in the fold.
"He was one of the more dominant players last season. He didn't get the accolades he should have, maybe because we were 6-5," Brown said. "This kid dominates. We play him at the 3 technique. He is as good an offensive tackle as he is a defensive tackle, but his style of play equates more to defense."
Other than Wyatt Teller, Tech doesn't have a defensive lineman committed in the 2013 class. I believe Woody Baron comes in as a greyshirt. It would be nice to land a kid who could potentially play guard since there are DLs in the pipeline and coming up in 2014. It would also be nice to land a kid out of Varina. We'll see if the coaches go after him.