Aug. 10, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Andrew Cordasco’s original plan was to play football for Mike London at the University of Richmond.
That changed in December when London left UR to become the head coach at UVa. Cordasco, then a senior at Jamestown High School, decommitted from Richmond and started exploring other options, including a postgraduate year at Fork Union Military Academy.
In the end, he decided to walk on at UVa. Cordasco, a 6-5, 220-pound tight end, is heading into his fifth practice with the Cavaliers.
“I don’t know what happened with the situation there at Richmond,” London said before practice Monday. “I just know that he was going to go to Fork Union, and then I guess an opportunity presented itself for him to walk on here, which was kind of a benefit for us.
“So he’s here and he’s with the rest of the tight ends, and the learning curve for him, like all these guys, it’s pretty steep. But he’s a very capable young man. He’ll be a good student here, he’ll be a good player here. He just needs time like all these other guys to get it.”
Cordasco made the all-Bay Rivers District first team at tight end and defensive end in 2009.
There’s no shortage of tight ends in UVa’s program. On scholarship are Joe Torchia, Colter Phillips, Paul Freedman, Kevin Royal, Zachary Swanson and Jake McGee. Cordasco is one of several walk-on tight ends at Virginia.