UVA returns to Ohio to land OT Wleklinski, who chooses Hoos over Cincy, WVU, Indiana & Duke

By Jerry Ratcliffe

Photo: Scouting Ohio

Virginia struck gold in Ohio for the second time in a week on Sunday when Dane Wleklinski, a 6-foot-6, 272-pound offensive tackle, announced on his Twitter account that he had committed to the Cavaliers.

Wleklinski, who plays at Dublin Jerome H.S. in Dublin, Ohio, chose UVA over West Virginia, Cincinnati, Duke, Indiana, Army, Appalachian State, JMU, Marshall, ODU, Coastal Carolina, Miami-Ohio, Akron and a host of others.

The 3-star tackle is the second player from Ohio to commit to Virginia in a week. Earlier, Jewett Hayes III, from Moeller High School, an Ohio high school football powerhouse, chose UVA over Kentucky, Duke, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, West Virginia and Cincinnati. Wleklinski is the Cavaliers’ 15th commitment to the recruiting class of 2024 and the third offensive lineman, joining Grant Ellinger and Benjamin York.

Wleklinski’s father, Bill, played football at Purdue, where both of his parents went to school.

Rated the No. 123 offensive tackle in the country by 247Sports, he is also rated the No. 71 overall prospect in the state of Ohio.

Wleklinski visited Virginia this weekend for the “Cavalier Cookout,” and was offered and accepted.

The big tackle has good footwork, aided by playing other sports, including lacrosse, basketball and wrestling.

He is UVA’s third commitment this weekend. On Saturday, Richmond’s Henry Omohundro, a defensive end from St. Christopher’s, committed to the Cavaliers, while Hayes, whose brother plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, committed on Thursday.