Cavalier Corner

October 2013

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uva recruiting UVa's 2014 Football Class, While Small, Has Plenty Of Star Power With Quin Blanding (left), the nation's top safety and No. 4 overall player, and Andrew Brown (right), the country's best defensive tackle and No. 12 overall player, in the fold, the Cavaliers boast the only recruiting class in the land that features multiple five-star prospects. photos by Brad Franklin By Brad Franklin The 2013 class of high school football talent in Virginia was pretty impressive, boasting four fivestar players, all who were listed in the topĀ 30 nationally. However, the elite talent level in the state in 2014 is even better with three players included in the top 12 in the country. Louisiana and California have two prospects in the top dozen, and no other state has more than one. In 2013, the Wahoos did well on the recruiting trail. They signed their first five-star commitment (running back Taquan "Smoke" Mizzell from Virginia Beach) since 2005, locked down two fourstar cornerbacks (Tim Harris and Kirk Garner), and assembled one of the best groups of offensive linemen in a single class in more than a decade (tackles Sadiq Olanrewaju and Eric Smith, guards Jack McDonald and George Adeosun, and center Eric Tetlow, all three-star recruits). The Cavaliers did more than just bring in qual-

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