Broadway's Caplinger to Walk On at UVA

By: Damon Dillman Email
By: Damon Dillman Email

Broadway senior Adam Caplinger has had an eventful few days.

Caplinger is a forward on the Broadway boys' basketball team that beat Spotswood last Friday for the Region III, Division for championship. The Gobblers will play the school's first-ever state tournament game this Friday when they face Bassett.

In the midst of Broadway's historic basketball run, Caplinger, who also played quarterback and safety on the school's football team, made a college football decision that would have surprised even himself a week ago.

It began last Thursday when Jeff Hanson, the new defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Virginia, contacted Broadway football coach Brad Lutz.

"He asked Coach Lutz if I would possibly be interested in going to UVA, and just taking a chance there," Caplinger said Monday. "I said, 'Of course,' and sent in the application."

Hanson was one of the assistants to move to Virginia from Richmond with head coach Mike London. He was familiar with Caplinger from his time with the Spiders.

"It actually happened a lot quicker than what I thought," said Caplinger. "I found out Friday night after our big victory that I was accepted at UVA, and they wanted me to come play and walk on there as a recruited walk-on.

"Then I called and committed on Saturday," he added. "It's been like a whirlwind."

Caplinger said the Cavaliers were interested in him as an athlete, with the possibility of playing fullback, linebacker or strong safety.

"There's a couple of different positions that I could possibly be playing," he said. "We'd be sorting that out later.

"It's kind of surreal to think about," Caplinger added. "But it was just a great opportunity to go to a great academic school, and a new coaching staff. The team's going to be on the rise. It's just a great opportunity."


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