Sam Bond, a second-team all-state football selection for Blair Academy in New Jersey this past season, said Wednesday night via text message that he has accepted a preferred walk-on spot at Virginia for the coming season.

Bond, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound defensive lineman, is in the same grade at Blair Academy as UVa men's basketball recruit Jabri Abdur-Rahim.

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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