February 3, 2010
Wednesday marked National Signing Day for athletes all across the country and that included local stars right here in our area. Mike London announced his 2010 recruiting class, while several local players made their final college commitments.
17 players make up the 2010 Cavalier recruiting class. The group features four quarterbacks, but is headlined by running back Kevin Parks from North Carolina. Parks was the state player of the year in the Tar Heel State in 2009 and shattered several state records to earn that distinction. Cavalier fans also learned on Wednesday that four star offensive lineman Morgan Moses will honor his commitment to Virginia. Moses committed last year, but was on the fence after Al Groh's firing, and took official visits to several other schools. He was considering offers from Florida, LSU, South Carolina and Ohio State, but chose to honor his original commitment to the Cavaliers.
Here's Mike London's complete 2010 recruiting class:
Pablo Alvarez S/WR Coral Gables, FL
Chris Brathwaite LB/DE Brooklyn, NY
Ryan Cobb LB/FB Saddle River, NJ
Henry Coley LB Virginia Beach, VA
Conner Davis OL Henrico, VA
Miles Gooch QB/ATH Decatur, GA
Stephen Lawe OL/DL Norfolk, VA
Jake McGee QB/ATH Richmond, VA
Morgan Moses OL Richmond, VA
Kevin Parks RB Salisbury, NC
Michael Rocco QB/ATH Forest, VA
E.J. Scott WR/DB Ellicott City, MD
Khalek Shepherd RB/WR Upper Marlboro, MD
Michael Strauss QB Miami, FL
Zach Swanson TE Katy, TX
Cody Wallace OL Moorestown, NJ
Rijo Walker DB Hampton, VA
Area high schools also held signing day ceremonies on Wednesday. Fork Union Military Academy had its festivities Wednesday morning. While several post graduate students signed letters of intent, FUMA had an impressive five undergraduates sign letters of intent to Division I schools. Fork Union will be well represented in the ACC. Offensive lineman Russell Bodine will continue his career at North Carolina, while fellow offensive lineman Mark Shuman will travel to Virginia Tech, along with defensive lineman Nick Acree. Linebacker Jamel Turner won't go to the ACC, but will still head to a BCS conference school at Ohio State. Safety Akeem Garnett rounds out the group of undergrads as he heads to The Citadel. In addition to the undergraduate students, post graduate student Cody Wallace is part of Mike London's 2010 class as well.
Football was not the only sport that recruits were committing to. Fluvanna girls soccer standout Tyler Drake signed a letter of intent to further her career at Radford. Drake was on the Jefferson District first team and Region II second team last season.
Several signing ceremonies were postponed on Wednesday and will be made up Thursday. Letters of intent still had to be into the athlete's respective schools by Wednesday, but some will hold their recognition ceremonies on Thursday if weather permits. CBS19 will keep you up to date on other commits.