Dave Leitao finally landed his first recruit at the University of Virginia. Class of 2007 prospect Sam Zeglinski verbally pledged his services to the ACC school after making his second visit to Charlottesville in the last month. The 6-foot point guard is the second player from Penn Charter to matriculate to UVA in the last four years.
According to Penn Charter head coach Jim Phillips, Zeglinski decided that he was ready to take on the challenge of playing in the ACC and committed on his visit while on campus with his parents.
"He was looking for three things," Phillips explained. "One, he wanted to play at the highest level. Two, he wanted to play right away and three, he wanted to go somewhere that he could win.
"Going down the list, it's the ACC - the highest level. Worst case scenario, he plays as a freshman alongside Sean, who will be a senior. Best case and selfishly for Sam, Sean is gone to the pros and he plays right away. And finally, they have a legit shot of winning when he gets there."
Zeglinski is the first player to commit to Leitao while at Virginia. And that means a lot to the young point guard, says Phillips.
"I think he really liked the newness of it all down there, too," Phillips said. "Sammy is the first recruit for Dave and being the first recruit means the staff has a lot of faith in Sammy. And that's a bit daring, too. He's only a junior but they feel like he can be a that can really help them build something there."
Zeglinski was holding offers from Seton Hall, Villanova, NC State and Virginia Tech. He follows Sean Singletary, who also attended Prep Charter and played for Phillips. While the two are different players at the point guard spot, Phillips said Virgnia is getting a player that can make an impact in the ACC in Zeglinski.
"He's got all kinds of swagger and stuff to his game," Phillips said. "He has a great feel for the game and a great sense for the way he plays. He has great elusiveness. Is he jet quick? No, but he gets by you with his handle and he can create things. He can really play."