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Lars Tiffany and the Virginia Cavaliers picked up a commitment in the 2022 class on Thursday, as McDonogh, Md., defenseman Malachi Jones announced his commitment to the 2019 NCAA champs.
The Old Line State product is the sixth commitment in the class for the Cavaliers, joining Georgetown Prep., DC, faceoff man Mac Eldridge, Gilman, Md., goalie Kyle Morris, Riverside, Va., defenseman John Schroter, Calvert Hall, Md., attackman Truitt Sunderland, and Manhasset, N.Y., midfielder Joey Terenzi. The Cavaliers picked up their seventh commitment in the class from Ridgefield, Conn., attackman Ryan Colsey on Friday.
Jones announced his commitment to the Cavaliers via Instagram.
“UVA has been at the top of my list for a while,” Jones told Lacrosse Bucket. “The academics, lacrosse, and campus are all great.”
Virginia defensive assistant Kip Turner initially reached out to Jones on September 1st, which was the first day that college coaches could contact 2022 recruits. The defenseman stated that since the September 1st date he has consistent contact with both Coach Tiffany and Turner, talking with them every couple of days.
While recruiting will continue to be in a dead period, which prohibits in-person recruiting and campus visits, through January 1st, Jones stated that he hasn’t taken a virtual visit but has been to Virginia twice in the past. “The school is so nice and I love being on campus,” said Jones.
Rated as a four-star prospect by Inside Lacrosse, Jones has been an impact player for the Eagles since his freshman year. He helped lead them to a 12-6 record during the 2019 season and helped them win their only two contests of the 2020 season before things were shut down due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
At Virginia, Jones will join forces with multiple guys that he has previous relationships with. He also stated that he has pretty much met everyone currently in the class at one point or another. “I actually went to school with Truitt (Sunderland) and Kyle (Morris) for years so I got to grow up with those guys. Everyone else I’ve met at some point just playing club against them, but I’m looking forward to getting to know them more”
Coming into his junior season, Jones stated that he has two main goals in mind: become an overall better player and win a championship. “I want to improve as an overall player, ” Jones said. “I’ve gotten this far, but I just want to keep working to put myself in the best possible position in college. Secondly, I want to win an MIAA league Championships.”