Virginia lands another Linebacker

Virginia landed another talented player at their greatest position of need Thursday night, when Linebacker LaChaston Smith committed to the Cavaliers. Smith, a North Carolina native, chose Virginia over offers from North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Wake Forest, and others. LaChaston Smith becomes the 9th member of UVA's 2013 class, and joins fellow commit Micah Kiser in the Linebacking core.

Smith is listed at around 6'0'' 215 lbs, and is ranked as a high 3-star prospect by both 247sports and Rivals. The Statesville, North Carolina native racked up 82 tackles as a junior at South Iredell High in 2011. Smith anchors his team's defense, playing the Mike Linebacker role in a basic 4-3 defense. His film shows that Smith has good speed, and a knack for sniffing out the football. Another thing Smith does well is keep his eyes on the Quarterback, while dropping back in coverage and sticking with his man. Smith had several interceptions as a junior, and several pass breakups as well. The Carolina native also packs a punch, and can deliver big hits on ball carriers.

Smith has been high on UVA for a while now, and Virginia was right there at the top after his recent visit to Charlottesville. Although the timing was unexpected, the fact that he committed to the Cavaliers isn't all that shocking. Smith also represents a good player at Virginia's biggest area of need, the Linebacker spot. Already having Micah Kiser in the fold for 2013, Virginia could take another one or two linebackers in addition to the two they now have. Among those Virginia will pursue the hardest will be Stanford commit Doug Randolph, and a pair of North Carolina natives, Peter Kalambayi and Larenz Bryant, all three of which are in Rivals' Top 100 prospects in the nation.

Virginia Football: 2013 Recruiting Class

Brendan Marshall, Quarterback, Good Counsel (Olney, MD)

6'5'', 210 lbs

Rating: Rivals (3*), 247sports (3*)

Offers: Virginia, California

Sadiq Olanrewaju, Offensive Tackle, Salisbury School (Salisbury, CT)

6'5'', 260 lbs

Rating: Rivals (3*), 247sports (3*)

Offers: Virginia, UConn, Rutgers, Temple, West Virginia

Andre Levrone, Wide Receiver, Good Counsel (Olney, MD)

6'1'' 198 lbs

Rating: Rivals (3*), 247sports (3*)

Offers: Virginia, Auburn, Mississippi State

Tim Harris, Cornerback/Safety, Varina

6'2'' 173 lbs

Ratings: Rivals (4*) 247sports (4*)

Offers: Virginia, California, Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Syracuse

Zack Jones, Wide Receiver, Oscar Smith

5'11'' 178 lbs

Ratings: Rivals (NR), 247sports (3*)

Offers: Virginia, Illinois

Micah Kiser, Linebacker, Gilman

6'1'' 215 lbs

Ratings: Rivals (3*) 247sports (4*)

Offers: Virginia, Boston College, Florida, Maryland, Oklahoma, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Stanford, Virginia Tech

Corwin Cutler, Quarterback, Ocean Lakes

6'4'' 180 lbs

Ratings: Rivals (3*), 247sports (3*)

Offers: Virginia

Hipolito Corporan, Cornerback, Westside (Houston,TX)

6'1'' 160 lbs

Ratings: Rivals (NR), 247sports (3*)

Offers: Virginia, Baylor, Tulsa, UTEP

LaChaston Smith, Linebacker, South Iredell (Statesville, NC)

6'0'' 215 lbs

Ratings: Rivals (3*), 247sports (3*)

Offers: Virignia, Florida, North Carolina, Wake Forest, ECU, Tennessee, South Carolina, Minnesota

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