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National Signing Day 2011: DT Vincent Croce Signs with Virginia

Vincent Croce | Defensive Tackle | Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)
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6'4" / 260 lbs / 5.2  Video: [ESPN]

Rankings:
- ESPN:  3* / 79 Rating / #36 DE
- Rivals: 3* / 5.7 Rating / #40 DT / #9 State
- Scout: 3* / #55 DE
- _247: 4* / 90 Rating

Other Offers:Cincinnati, Duke, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Stanford, UCF, Wisconsin

Notes: Croce has played as defensive end, defensive tackle, and linebacker. His senior year, he was the all-Met Defensive Player of the Year by the Washington Post, played in the Chesapeake Bowl and was a consensus all-state selection. His quickness off the ball and ability to change his direction leave something to be desired, and at times he does not get down as low as he needs to in order to hold his ground, but he's got some solid mass and is active with his hands when engaging blockers.

Quotables

"At the closing part of [Blue Chip Junior Day], Coach London was talking to everybody and giving his final presentation about what he believes and what he's trying to do. I was next to Marco Jones and we talked about going to Virginia together. I texted him and said are you ready to make a move. He was sitting there texting his mom and I was texting my parents down the row. At the conclusion, everyone made their way out and Marco stood up and told Coach London he was committing. Coach London shook his hand and then I came up and told him, 'Coach you got the second one of the day.'" -- to CavsCorner.com

"It's not like Virginia is at the very bottom of everything. They are a solid program and have a lot of room for growth and I can be part of that growth back to the top of the ACC."

Video highlights follow the jump.