Following official visits, 2013 class solid
All 20 of Virginia's committed prospects for the 2013 cycle were on Grounds last weekend (including linebacker LaChaston Smith who is already enrolled), and the visit yielded very positive results. Several of Virginia's prospects, specifially Malcolm Cook, Tim Harris, Tyrell Chavis, and Donta Wilkins, were considering taking official visits to other schools this weekend.Now, it looks like those visits are off.
Cook came out on twitter after the weekend and announced that he was shutting down his recruitment, and statements from the other wavering prospects seem to indicate that they will sign with the Hoos on Signing Day. Cook and Tyrell Chavis were expected to visit Blacksburg this weekend, but with Cook having shut down his recruitment, its unlikely Chavis would go on the trip alone. Harris had planned a trip to North Carolina, but for now, that looks unlikely at best. Wilkins has been pursued by several schools, including Michigan State and Tennessee, but he now seems sold on the Cavaliers as well.
At this point, we project that all of Virginia's 2013 targets will sign with the Hoos on Signing Day. Although there have been some sketchy moments since Mike London dismissed four assistant coaches, it appears London and the new staff have alleviated those worries. In addition to the committed prospects, there was one other prospect on Grounds last weekend as well...
Adeosun's stock skyrockets
George Adeosun, an offensive lineman prospect from Georgia, visited Charlottesville last weekend. Coming into the visit, Adeosun was committed to William & Mary, and had received no offers from FBS schools. In fact, Adeosun was so far off the radar that he didn't even have a prospect profile on Rivals.com until after his visit to Charlottesville, and is not ranked by Rivals or 247sports yet. Virginia offered Adeosun on Sunday when he was in town. Since then, the 6'6'' Georgian has received offers from Oklahoma, Kentucky and Purdue. Talk about a meteoric rise. It remains to be seen whether or not Adeosun will end up decommitting from William & Mary and commit to one of these FBS schools. Adeosun is a great student, reportedly scoring a 31 on the ACT. Virginia would have to intruigue him, and we'll see where it goes from here. Adeosun still has the opportunity to take several official visits to other schools before Signing Day as well.
Looking forward to 2014
The 2014 cycle has the potential to be a huge class for Virginia. The Commonwealth has three players that are consensus top-ten prospects in the nation, and UVa is in a good position for two of them. Safety Quin Blanding and defensive end Andrew Brown, a pair of 5-stars from the "757," have the Cavaliers high on their lists. Blanding, who attends recent UVa recruiting hotbed Bayside High, has listed Virginia and Florida State among his leaders. These two schools seem to be the most legitimate contenders for Blanding's services. Blanding's relationship with UVa players Demetrious Nicholson, Anthony Cooper and others, as well as many 2013 Virginia commits, can only help the Hoos' chances. As for Brown, the fact that Mike London is going to be hands on with the defensive line going forward will certainly bolster Virginia's chances. At London's Big Man Camp over the summer, Brown was so dominant that London took him aside and worked with him 1 on 1. Like Blanding, Brown has great relationships with many Cavaliers, and as we stand, UVa is in great shape with both of these prospects.