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Over the weekend, the Virginia football team added another commitment from its budding pipeline in Louisiana.

On Sunday, three-star defensive back Donovan Johnson verbally committed to the Cavaliers’ 2020 class. He is the second safety from Louisiana to commit to the class, joining Jadarius “Bud” Clark. Virginia also signed a pair of prospects from the Bayou State to its 2019 class in running back Mike Hollins and wide receiver Dontayvion Wicks.

Virginia’s special teams coordinator Ricky Brumfield and regional scout Jordan Arcemant both hail from Louisiana and have run point on Virginia’s push into the state. Director of player personnel Justin Anderson also has ties to the state, having coached at Nicholls State.

Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound rising senior at Helen Cox High School, is rated as a three-star safety and the No. 28 overall prospect in Louisiana, according to Clark is No. 11 and four-star safety Eric Reed, who will be in Charlottesville this weekend for a visit, is No. 4. The Cavaliers are also in the running for three-star Louisiana defensive back Caleb Anderson.

As a junior, Johnson earned honorable mention all-state honors after nabbing five interceptions and helped Helen Cox finish the season 7-7.  He chose the Cavaliers from a stack of 30 scholarship offers, which came from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas, Houston, Miami and Arkansas to name a few.

Johnson is the sixth member of the Cavaliers’ 2020 class, joining Clark, offensive linemen Jimmy Christ and Jestus Johnson, wide receiver Lavel Davis and defensive tackle Jahmeer Carter. ​

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Ron Counts covers University of Virginia athletics for The Daily Progress.​ Contact him at, (434) 978-7245, or on Twitter @Ron_CDPsports.

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