UVa put a bow on the 2013 recruiting cycle this afternoon, announcing a signing class with 22 members. Two of those signees, offensive linemen George Adeosun and Eric Tetlow, made their pledge to the Hoos on Signing Day. In the class were two quarterbacks, a running back, three wide receivers, five offensive linemen, three defensive linemen, three linebackers, three defensive backs and two athletes.
Only 10 of Virginia's signees hail from the Commonweath. Six of them are from the Richmond area, three from the Tidewater area, and one from Northern Virginia. The Hoos pulled two commits from Georgia and North Carolina respectively, as well as five from Maryland, and one from New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The 10 Virginia signees is the fewest number of in-state commits for UVa since 2010, when they signed seven. In 2012 the Cavaliers signed 14 players from the Old Dominion, after signing 17 in 2011. The total number of 22 commits is down from 27 a year ago.
Virginia's highest rated signees in 2013 were running back Taquan Mizzell and Tim Harris, the only consensus 4+ star players in the Cavaliers' class. Mizzell is ranked a 5-star running back by Rivals, the Hoos' first Rivals 5-star since Eugene Monroe in 2005. Signees George Adeosun, Corwin Cutler, Malcolm Cook, Micah Kiser, LaChaston Smith, Tyrell Chavis and Kirk Garner were ranked 4-star prospects by at least one of the four major recruiting services. Like in most years, the bulk of Virginia's class this year were 3-star prospects.
As of this afternoon, Rivals ranks Virginia's class as the 27th best in the nation and 4th in the ACC. 247sports has the Hoos at #29 nationally, and 6th in the ACC. Scout.com has UVa down at 39th overall, and 7th best in the conference. ESPN has Virginia as the 34th best class in the nation and 6th best in the ACC. These rankings could fluctuate some before all is said and done. Some may see these rankings and after the past couple years think they look pedestrian, but considering the Cavs had a 4-8 season and lost five coaches, this class is a great effort by the Virginia staff.
2013 Virginia Cavaliers Recruiting Class Profiles: