We don't normally do much recruiting coverage around here, mostly because it requires no less than 17 full-time staff members to provide adequate coverage of who's interested, who's visiting where, who has offers, who wore what colors on which days, and what have you. But that's not to say there isn't a lot of buzz going on right now, with the huge pickup of Greyson Lambert, and rumors of the fourth horseman out of Norfolk Christian, Mario Nixon, possibly backing out of his commitment to Virginia Tech in favor of the Hoos.
First off, and the only thing here that's actually for certain, this weekend's big story is that one of the country's top quarterback prospects Greyson Lambert committed to MIke London and Virginia's Class of 2012. This is a huge pickup for London, who currently lacks a frontrunner at this position.
Scout.com ranks him the No. 7 quarterback in the nation, touting his arm strength, field vision and size while raising concern over his technique and mobility (both of which can be coached). 24/7 gives him four stars, making him the sixth 247 four-star commitment of the class. Rivals has a less rosy picture of him, pegging him as the No. 20 QB in the country, No. 28 player in the state and a 3-star recruit. Still, with offers from Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Miami and South Carolina, for starters, this was obviously a great recruiting move for London.
More on what fancy technology convinced Lawson, as well as the big rumors, after the jump.
The 6'6", 195 pound No. 1 QB of Georgia told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was simply "blown away" by all Virginia had to offer, recognizing the gravity of that statement when he has an offer from Alabama on the table. In fact, he was born in Alabama and still has family there. Lawson, who made an unofficial visit to Virginia on July 30, told the AJC just what sealed the deal:
They showed me a team video and at the end of it, there was a 10-minute segment that started out with Coach London sitting at his desk, saying ‘To Greyson and the Lambert family.’ He couldn’t be there because of a prior engagement, so he made a video and told me everything he wanted to tell me through that video. I thought it was really, really neat that he took the time out to make a video for me and my family that was there with me. He talked about his philosophy and the team rules, why he came to Virginia, what his players had learned from his coaching staff both on and off the field, and how thankful he was to be at Virginia.
It was like he was talking to me in person. I just felt like for him to take the time out and do that, it was pretty special. My dad asked the coaches to rewind the video so he could tape it on his phone and show it to my mother. It meant a lot.
Lambert, by the way, has a 3.8 GPA and hopes to study business.
On to the good stuff: What's this mess we're hearing throughout the internet? For those not paying attention (and I don't blame you...I've seen more stability in the stock market than I have in recruiting), Class of 2012 wide receiver Mario Nixon is one of the "big four" coming out of Norfolk Christian, along with LB Kwontie Moore (No. 4 in Virginia by Rivals; No. 1 in his position nationally), LB(/CB/WR) Will Wahee and DE Courtnye Wynn (No. 14 in Virginia).
Nixon is also the only one of the four who committed to Virginia Tech -- all three of the others have chosen the side of good and will be donning blue and orange next year. Nixon is ranked by Rivals as No. 16 in the state, No. 94 at his position.
The rumors have been floating around for quite some time, including by Jamie Oakes of Wahoos24/7 and on forums everywhere. Rivals, while noting that he has committed to the Hokies, lists his interest level in Virginia as HIGH. And (perhaps for once,) the rumors are not all unsubstantiated either. In the middle of all these rumors, he actually showed up on the second day of UVA's summer camp this past Saturday, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Of course, nothing has happened as of the time of this writing.
This could continue London's rampage through Virginia collecting the commonwealth's top talent. It's not even opening kickoff yet, and it looks like momentum is already coming the Hoos' way.