Across the country, the Spring Game is usually a school's primary recruiting event during the offseason. It is a great chance to get a big group of prospects back on Campus to meet with the coaches and players. If all goes well, a school could get several commitments at their spring game, and gain some momentum going into the summer camp season. Virginia didn't get any commitments on Saturday, but they did continue to build solid relationships with some very talented prospects that made it to Scott Stadium.
Almost every member of Virginia's 2013 signing class made it to the game on Saturday. It appears that the only two signees who didn't make the trip to Charlottesville were linebacker Micah Kiser, who had his prom, and offensive lineman Eric Smith, who lives far from Grounds in Georgia. The Spring Game is just another opportunity for these prospects that are already signed up to interact with the coaches and players, as well as do some recruiting of their own.
A few of the most talented players in the nation for the 2014 class were at the game as well. The nations' top two defensive tackles according to Rivals, "757" natives Andrew Brown and Derrick Nnadi, both made it to the game. Also in their group was UVa 5-star commit Quin Blanding. Blanding Brown and Nnadi were on hand with fellow Tidewater natives and UVa signees Taquan Mizzell and Corwin Cutler, who were working the uncommitted prospects to join them in Charlottesville. Brown recently said that he was going to buckle down and starting looking hard at his options, as he wants to make a decision within the next few months. The Hoos are in great shape, and probably lead, for the 5-star defensive lineman. Nnadi,whose father is a Virginia Tech alum, was fresh off a visit to Blacksburg the previous weekend. Although Nnadi has a bunch of impressive offers from national powers, his recruitiment appears to be coming down to the two in-state programs. Right now, it's a toss-up, with UVa possibly having a slight lead.
Virginia's other two commitments, offensive lineman Steven Moss and defensive tackle Chris Nelson, were also on hand. This was a big weekend for the Cavaliers with Nelson, who has been taking visits to other schools since making the call for the Hoos last year.Virginia had a great opportunity to solidify the Sunshine State defender;s pledge, and all indiciations are that Nelson seems comfortable with his choice. It will be interesting to see what offers Nelson ends up with, and how they influence his ultimate decision. Luckily for the Hoos, Nelson's cousin Demetrie Brim being on Grounds will be a huge asset down the stretch in Nelson's recruitment.
Even though Virginia didn't pull in any commitments over the weekend, it was certainly a very posititve effort for the Cavaliers. One of UVa's best assets right now, particularly with Brown and Nnadi, is the fact that a group of prospects they are close friends with are already headed to Charlottesville. Getting them back on Grounds with a bunch of their friends recruiting them hard to become Cavaliers is just another step forward for the program. Plus with Virginia expected to take a small number of prospects in the 2014 cycle, there weren't a lot of players on Grounds with committable offers anyway. Brown and Nnadi seem to be taking their time, but at this point, UVa should feel great about their position with both of them.