Virginia Cavaliers fourth year head coach Mike London has not experienced the type of success he had anticipated after three seasons in Charlottesville on the field, but off the field London and his staff have been able to land top tier recruits in the 2014 class.
The Cavaliers currently have the No. 28 overall class for 2014, which also stands as the No. 8 overall class in the ACC, according to 247 Sports. UVA has landed nine commitments including two five-star and two four-star recruits.
London and his staff made a huge splash in recruiting recently on June 29 as they garnered the verbal commitment from No. 1 overall defensive tackle Andrew Brown out of Chesapeake, VA. The 6’4 282 pound defensive stud is ranked as the No. 8 overall player in our FanSided150 rankings. Brown has all the intangibles it takes to be a dominating force on the interior defensive line with great strength, hand quickness, and ability to show off his athleticism and run down backs from behind.
The other prize recruit for London and his staff is safety Quin Blanding. The 6-foot 200 pound defensive back from Virginia Beach, VA committed to the Cavaliers at the end of February and comes in at No. 7 overall in our FanSided150 rankings. Blanding possesses great play-making ability and instincts to come in and become an instant impact player for UVA.
The Cavaliers are also making the offensive line a point of emphasis as they have landed two four-star players in the trenches. Offensive guard Steven Moss pledged to the Cavaliers in late march and adds great size in the interior standing at 6’5 275 pounds. Alongside Moss will be four-star offensive tackle Will Richardson. Richardson hails from Burlington, NC and stands at a firm 6’6 305 pounds and committed to UVA back on May 25.
Out of the Cavaliers nine commitments, four are from the state of Virginia. London and his staff have done a great job recruiting the eastern part of the state by landing Brown and Blanding and keeping them at home in blue and orange. One thing a team always wants to accomplish in recruiting is keep in-state talent at home.
After a successful 8-5 season in 2011, the Cavaliers experienced a dismal season in 2012 by finishing just 4-8 overall. If London can continue to reel in high-profile recruits like he has so far this season, the Cavaliers will have an opportunity to build up a more talented roster to compete for ACC titles year in and year out.
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