Recruit selects Virginia despite not being offered scholarship

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Virginia got a commitment from a high school recruit last week, but there was one problem: Apparently the Cavaliers had not offered him a scholarship.

Anthony Gordon, a wide receiver in the Class of 2019 from Imhotep Institute in Philadelphia, announced on Thursday via social media his intention to play at Virginia next year.

In part, the message read: “…After careful consideration and talking with my family I am excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at the University of Virginia…”

However, 247Sports reported that Gordon never had the scholarship offer that he reported he had received in March.

Citing sources, 247Sports reported Virginia had not contacted Gordon since March, and further noted that he did not contact the university before posting his message.

A similar, but higher-profile, event took place in 2008, when offensive lineman Kevin Hart staged a ceremony to announce his commitment to Cal even though the university had not recruited him at all. Hart instead wound up at Feather River College in Quincy, Calif., then later signed to play at Division II Missouri Western State.

Virginia did have a legitimate commitment from its summer camp: Emil Bo Andersen, a defensive tackle from Denmark.