Chris Tyree, a running back at Thomas Dale, committed to play at Notre Dame. Tyree, known for his speed, also had Alabama and Oklahoma on his final list of schools.

Notre Dame is the winner in the recruiting of Chris Tyree, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound running back from Thomas Dale High School outside Richmond, who was rated the No. 1 junior in Virginia last year in The Roanoke Times’ annual recruiting rankings.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Tyree had a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech as early as his freshman year at Thomas Dale, where the head coach is distinguished former Virginia Tech defensive back Loren Johnson.

Tyree is actually rated No. 2 among the state’s top prospects by rivals.com, which has Woodbridge linebacker Antoine Sampah at No. 1. Sampah has committed to LSU.

Two of the state’s top 10 seniors, according to rivals.com, defensive back Keontae Jenkins and offensive guard Altrique Barlow, have committed to TCU, not previously known for forays into Virginia. Both are from Virginia Beach, Jenkins from Cox High School and Barlow from Bishop Sullivan.

Notre Dame is also in the running for Highland Springs defensive back Malcolm Greene, who at No. 4 on the current rivals.com rating of the state’s top prospects, is the most highly rated uncommitted player.

Virginia and Virginia Tech both have made offers to Greene, who has visited Virginia Tech twice since October.

More recruiting

Duke has taken a men’s basketball commitment for 2020 from Jeremy Roach, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Leesburg and Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, who is rated the No. 14 player in the 2020 class by ESPN.

Roach is the only player among ESPN’s top 25 juniors to have made an verbal commitment at this point. Oak Hill Academy guard Cameron Thomas from Chesapeake is No. 20 on that list.

  • On the same day that brothers and Marquette teammates Sam and Joey Hauser announced plans to transfer to Virginia and Michigan State, respectively, Marquette picked up a graduate transfer from Utah, 7-foot Jayce Johnson, who averaged 7.1 points and 7.7 rebounds for the Utes.

Women’s scene

The departure of Marquette women’s basketball coach Carolyn Kieger, who took the Golden Eagles to a Big East championship before leaving for Penn State, created an opening for UVa women’s coach Tina Thompson to land former Marquette recruit Shemera Williams.

Williams scored more than 3,000 points in her career at Milwaukee Academy of Science. At 5 foot 8, she averaged 32.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.5 assists as a senior. She was one of three players to sign with UVa in the past month.

  • Tim Taylor, a highly regarded member of the Virginia women’s coaching staff under Debbie Ryan and Joanne Boyle, has surfaced on the coaching staff of new North Carolina coach Courtney Banghart, who previously was at Princeton. Taylor resigned at UVa shortly after Tina Thompson’s hiring last spring.


New to the UVa men’s basketball program is Chase Coleman, a 5-9 walk-on guard from Maury High School in Norfolk whose older brother, Matt, started all 37 games at Texas (21-16) last season. The older Coleman played at Oak Hill Academy.

Building a program

Not to be lost in the hubbub of the NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse championship over the weekend was the continued excellence of Division II Limestone (South Carolina), which was 20-0 and reached its 12th straight Division II men’s lacrosse championship game before losing to Merrimack (Massaschusetts) 16-8.

The head coach at Limestone is J.B. Clarke, a former Roanoke College assistant who was on the Maroons’ staff when they played in the 1992 Division III title game.

Ex-Washington and Lee assistant Mike Cerino started the Limestone program in 1989 and currently is Limestone’s vice president of intercollegiate athletics.

Lucky No. 13?

In its final three NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament games, Virginia defeated Maryland 13-12 in overtime, Duke 13-12 in double overtime and defending champion Yale 13-9.

Doug Doughty is in his 44th year at the Roanoke Times, having produced an estimated 10,000 by-lines, a majority of them on University of Virginia athletics.

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