Virginia will face stiff competition for their top 2014 targets, Andrew Brown and Quin Blanding. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Here's a new feature on Streaking The Lawn, where every Friday we'll write an update on the top Football recruiting stories from the previous week. So here goes, the maiden voyage of Recruiting Roundup.
Busy week for 2014 targets Andrew Brown and Quin Blanding
After 247sports named Brown the #2 player in the nation for 2014 last week (behind another Virginia native, Woodbridge defensive end Da'Shawn Hand), some more big offers rolled in. Brown was offered by West Virginia and Alabama this week. Obviously, the Alabama offer is a big one, and usually has a significant impact on the recruitment of any prospect the Tide offer. Fellow 757 native Quin Blanding had a busy week as well. The Bayside safety was named the #12 player in the nation, and picked up offers from Tennessee and West Virginia on Monday. Virginia is widely considered the team to beat for Blanding at this early stage.
Taquan Mizzell gets 3 new offers
The talented running back from Virginia Beach continues to reel in offers. Cincinnati, Clemson and Tennessee all offered the Bayside prospect on Monday. Like with Blanding, Virginia is the team to beat for Mizzell, with West Virginia running 2nd.
Tim Harris to take official visits?
Virginia's 4-star safety recruit told an Ohio State blogger that he plans to take official visits to Ohio State, Oregon and Virginia Tech at some point. Whether those visits actually happen, that remains to be seen. There have been plenty of prospects over the years who have planned to take official visits, and they never took place. When the visits take place, and Harris seems open to advances of other schools, then Virginia fans can get worried. As for now, Harris is solidly committed to UVA.
Trent Corney enrolls early
There had been some rumblings out there recently that Trent Corney would try to enroll this summer, rather than in January of 2013 as originally expected. It's now official that it will, in fact, happen. Corney, who hails from Ontario, Canada, is expected to play linebacker for the Cavaliers. Virginia will probably need a transfer or two to get to the 85 scholarship limit in time for the fall campaign, with the two recent additions of Corney and Phillip Sims.
Virginia makes top 5 for pair of North Carolina linebackers
It is well known at this point that linebacker is the top position of need for UVA in the 2013 class. Lucky for them, they already have Micah Kiser on board, and now, apparently are in the hunt for a pair of North Carolina linebackers. Larenz Bryant named the Cavaliers as a member of his top 5, along with Georgia, Clemson, Florida & South Carolina. He told Rivals that he was very interested in studying Communications in college, and is impressed with the program UVA offers. Virginia is also solidly in the top 5 for Peter Kalambayi, another Carolina native. Joining the Cavaliers on the list are Stanford, Duke, California and Oregon, so obviously academics are important. With that in mind, I expect UVA to be a real player for Kalambayi, considering the combined package of academics, proximity to home, and competition level.
Targets Committed Elsewhere:
Deon Newsome (Virginia Tech), Devin Washington (South Carolina), Eldridge Massington (USC)