Cavaliers Score 12th Commitment for Class of '14

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

While the losses continue to pile up on the field, the recruiting success is still accumulating off it.

The Cavaliers gained their 12th committment to the Class of 2014 Sunday when Varina High School (Richmond) athlete Donovan Dowling said yes to Mike London.

Dowling's decision comes just days after the Wahoos secured a verbal from Altavista High School athlete Juan Thornhill, the first in the Class of 2015.

The 6-2, 205-pound Dowling is a rated as a three-star prospect by the recruiting website He chose the Cavaliers over other offers from in-state schools James Madison and Richmond.

UVa now has 12 prep seniors committed to its recruiting class of 2014, highlighted by a pair of five-star defensive players -- defensive tackle Andrew Brown from Oscar Smith, and safety Quin Blanding of Bayside.

Blanding was the first player to commit to the Cavaliers' class of 2014, back in late February. Brown announced his decision in late June. And both players have held true to those commitments, despite UVa's current 2-8 record.

The list of UVa commits also includes highly regarded California athlete Jeffery Farrar, who announced his decision in August, and four-star offensive linemen Steven Moss and Will Richardson, who both committed well before the 2013 season kicked off.

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