Dominique Terrell, Darius Jennings Headline Successful 2011 National Signing Day for UVa

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In his first year as head coach of the Cavaliers, Mike London has placed Virginia back onto ESPN's radar -- and this time, not as the victim of an opponent's breakout performance. The 2011 National Signing Day, which brought in a unanimous top-25 recruiting class, has re-energized Virginia fans, who of late have tried to ignore signing day and, well, football generally.

Service Ranking
ESPN 19 6
16
247 20 8
14
Scout 25 4 19
Rivals 25 5 17

Heading into signing day, Virginia had 24 commits, two of which were already enrolled (and therefore technically count as the Class of 2010), and were waiting to hear from three highly sought after players: 5-star linebacker Curtis Grant and four star athletes Dominique Terrell and Darius Jennings. While Grant committed to Ohio State, both Terrell and Jennings chose the Wahoos over North Carolina, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and a combined 38 offers.

It's not just these two last-minute commitments that give Virginia fans reason to celebrate. Virginia finished the day with both the Maryland and Virginia Gatorade State Players of the Year in Jennings and Demetrious "Trey" Nicholson, respectively. In addition to Nicholson, Jennings and Terrell, Brandon Phelps and Clifton Richardson round out the five ESPNU 150 recruits that signed with Virginia yesterday.

"High achievers on the field, high achievers in the classroom, and that's one of the things we want to continue to do," London said. "We want to bring young men to the University of Virginia, guys that when they get here, are high achievers in the community as well."

Most notably, London found a way to recruit in-state. Virginia's 17 commitments from the Commonwealth are the most in a UVa recruiting class since 1990. In fact, four of the top ten players in the state, as ranked by The Roanoke Times, signed with Virginia, as compared to Virginia Tech's one. These include Nicholson, Terrell, Jay Whitmire and Richardson. Virginia signed almost half (12) of the top 25 in the state.

London also made huge gains for the program in the talent-fertile 757 area. Of the 17 commitments, nine hail from the Tidewater region -- compare this to the Hokies' one, in an area that Virginia Tech has dominated in recent memory.

"Hopefully within the state of Virginia, with a lot of the great high school coaches that are there that we've extended our hands and embraced it as soon as practices are open, meetings are open, anything that we can do to get them on Grounds, we're looking to do that. We'll continue to keep trying to find ways to have better relationships with high school coaches in state and in those areas that are touching us."

Don't forget: Virginia went 4-8 last season. Four of UVa's last five seasons have left the program below .500, including three straight losses to Duke.

Duke.

That London was able to bring in such a highly rated recruiting class is a true testament to the players' faith in the new coach, and that folks really are "buying into" the system. Say what you will about London's coaching at Richmond and whether their national title was a result of the man at the helm or recruiting classes and personnel at his disposal, but for now, London's doing everything right in Virginia.

Virginia's 2011 Recruiting Class

Diamonte Bailey
Defensive End
Thompson Brown
Defensive End

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Hermitage (Hermitage, Va.)
6' 3" / 225 lbs

Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #77 DE
247:
Scout: #122 DE
Rivals:

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St. Christopher's (Richmond, Va.)
6' 4" / 230 lbs

Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #67 DE
247:
Scout: #111 DE
Rivals:
Ross Burbank
Offensive Lineman
Rob Burns
Defensive End

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Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.)

6' 4" / 290 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #87OT
247:
Scout: #56
Rivals:

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Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.)

6' 7" / 230 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #80 DE
247:
Scout: #84 DE
Rivals:
Vincent Croce
Defensive End
Tim Cwalina
Offensive Tackle

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Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)

6' 4" / 250 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #36 DE
247:
Scout: #55 DE
Rivals: #40 DT

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Mount Lebanon (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

6' 7" / 295 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #142 OT
247:
Scout: #107OT
Rivals:
David Dean
Defensive Tackle
Adrian Gamble
Wide Receiver

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Green Run (Virginia Beach, Va.)

6' 1" / 285 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #19 DT
247:
Scout: #70OT
Rivals: #30 DT

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Independence (Charlotte, N.C.)

6' 1" / 180 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #86WR
247:
Scout: #156 WR
Rivals: #1 DE
Kevin Green
Athlete
Anthony Harris
Defensive Back

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Petersburg (Petersburg, Va.)

6' 2" / 205 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #155 ATH
247:
Scout: #95 QB
Rivals:

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L.C. Byrd (Chesterfield, Va.)

6' 1" / 185 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #203 ATH
247:
Scout: #68 WR
Rivals:
D.J. Hill
Linebacker
Darius Jennings
Wide Receiver

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Newton (Covington, Ga.)

6' 0" / 210 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #81 OLB
247:

Scout: #103 OLB
Rivals: #41 ILB

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Gilman (Baltimore, Md.)

5' 11" / 175 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #15 ATH
247: #10 ATH
Scout: #43 WR
Rivals: #10 ATH
Kelby Johnson
Offensive Tackle
Marco  Jones
Defensive End

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DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)

6' 7" / 285 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #130 OT
247:
Scout: #113 OT
Rivals:

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Boys Latin School (Baltimore, Md.)

6' 3" / 250 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #65 DE
247:
Scout: #54 DE
Rivals:
Kyrrel Latimer
Defensive Back
Darius Lee
Linebacker

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Dematha/Fork Union (Hyattsville, Md.)

5' 10" / 200 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN:
247:
Scout:
Rivals:

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St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.)

6' 1" / 205 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #66 OLB
247:
Scout: #122 S
Rivals:
Kameron Mack
Defensive Back
Demetrious Nicholson
Defensive Back

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IC Norcom (Portsmouth, Va.)

6' 5" / 200 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #80 S
247:
Scout: #114 OLB
Rivals:

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Bayside (Virginia Beach, Va.)

5' 11" / 170 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #4 CB
247: #2 CB
Scout: #3 CB
Rivals: #5 CB
Brandon Phelps
Defensive Back
Clifton Richardson
Running Back

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Damascus (Damascus, Md.)

6' 0" / 175 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #7 CB
247: #11 S
Scout: #37 WR
Rivals: #19 S

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Menchville (Newport News, Va.)

6' 0" / 195 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #24 ATH
247:
Scout: #47 WR
Rivals: #20 RB
Daquan Romero
Linebacker
Caleb Taylor
Linebacker

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Phoebus (Hampton, Va.)

6' 1" / 212 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

(January Enrollee)

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #99 DE
247:
Scout: #95 DE
Rivals:

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Phoebus (Hampton, Va.)

6' 0" / 225 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #42 DE
247:
Scout: #26 MLB
Rivals:
Dominique Terrell
Athlete
Mason Thomas
Defensive Back

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Osbourne (Manassas, Va.)

5' 11" / 170 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #19 ATH
247: #15 ATH
Scout: #23 CB
Rivals: #11 ATH

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Kempsville (Virginia Beach, Va.)

6' 0" / 200 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #272 WR
247:
Scout:
Rivals:
David Watford
Quarterback
Jay Whitmire
Offensive Tackle

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Hampton (Hampton, Va.)

6' 1" / 180 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

(January Enrollee)

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #58 QB
247:
Scout: #77 QB
Rivals: #29 QB

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T.C. Williams (Alexandria, Va.)

6' 6" / 290 lbs
Scouting Report and Highlights
Official Signing Video

Rankings:
Service Stars Pos. Rank
ESPN: #70 OT
247:
Scout: #30 OT
Rivals: #43 OT
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