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National Signing Day for Winter Sports

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Larissa Neilan will swim at Rutgers Larissa Neilan will swim at Rutgers

Wednesday was signing day for a handful of prep standouts, including Orange County High School swimmer Larissa Neilan, who signed her letter of intent to swim at Rutgers.

She chose Rutgers over JMU and William & Mary.

It was a chance to swim in the Big-10 conference, and major in sports medicine or nutrition.

Neilan says, "The opportunity that I'm going to get there with the really high standard of education, along with moving into the Big-10, it's really exciting.  As a swimmer the first thing I generally think of is the swimming, but the academics was a big part of why I chose it."

A handful of basketball standouts signed national letters of intent at Fishburne Military in Waynesboro, including Tre Harris, who signed with Kansas State.  

Harris is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who is originally from Illinois, who averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per game his senior year of high school.  

The extra year at Fishburne paid off, as Harris chose K-State over Delaware and Toledo.

Harris says, "I'm just extremely excited I can't wait until next year.  This is a day you dream of, your whole life a lot of hard work goes into it.  Nothing comes easy, so I'm got happy with where I am right now."

Tony Bennett's three commitments for the class of 2014 officially signed Wednesday.

The Wahoos commitments are 6-foot-10 center Jack Salt from New Zealand, 6-8 power forward Isaiah Wilkins from Atlanta, and B.J. Stith, the son of former UVa great Bryant Stith.

B.J. committed to UVa when he was just a sophomore.

He's been a part of three state championship teams at Brunswick high school in Lawrenceville.

Stith is playing is senior season at Oak Hill Academy.

B.J. is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, whom his dad says is a "special player".

The UVa women's basketball team signed three players for the Class of 2014.

Aliyah Huland El is a 6-1 wing from New Jersey, Lauren Moses is a 6-1 forward from New Jersey, and Mikayla Venson is a 5-7 point guard from Arlington, Virginia.

Venson is a five-star recruit.

The class is ranked as the 4th best in the ACC.

It's the second straight-year Virginia's recruiting class is ranked nationally in the Top-15.

The Class of 2014 is ranked 12th in the nation, while the Class of 2013 was ranked 10th.

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