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Brown, Blanding Headline Cavs' National Signing Day Class


While his wins on the field in 2013 may have been few, Mike London once again did well in the recruiting battle.

17 players signed their National Letter of Intent with the Cavaliers Wednesday, including a pair of five-stars -- Andrew Brown and Quin Blanding -- from the Virginia Beach area.

Virginia's 2014 class is ranked as high as 25th nationally by ESPN.

"To have players of those abilities - even though it's a small class - to have players of some abilities, some more significant than others, then it is important we give them their opportunity to play," London said.

Many of the players in the class are from the Virginia Beach area and have banded together to push UVa to the top of the college football landscape, despite a 2-10 record a season ago.

Many have questioned why the members of this class would commit to a struggling program, but to their credit, they've remained true to their word.

"It just felt like home," said Blanding, who's been committed to Virginia since last year. "I'm three hours away from family and friends. They all can come see me. I'm from Virginia. I want to put Virginia back on the map and let us shine for once."

Blanding is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound safety from Bayside High School. He is rated the No. 10 prospect in the nation by ESPN and the top safety prospect in the country.

Brown, who has already enrolled at UVa, is the No. 5 prospect in the nation, also by ESPN, and the No. 1-rated defensive tackle in the country.

Another Virginia Beach native, Corwin Cutler, also signed with the Cavaliers Wednesday. He originally signed with the Cavaliers last year, but spent 2013 at Fork Union rehabbing a knee injury.

Cutler says he stuck by Virginia because London stuck by him.

"He was just being honest with me from the start," Cutler explained. "And he told me about the education-wise. He actually cared more about the education than he do football. So that showed me that he actually cared about our life, and not just going to the NFL."

Jamil Kamara is another "757" product joining the Cavaliers. The four-star receiver gave London his verbal last month and is expected to provide a much-needed boost to a Virginia offense that stalled much of 2013.

"It just felt like home for me," Kamara said. "We have a lot of guys from home going there. Just the coaching staff, we have a good relationship with them too. When I went on my official visit it just felt like home and the right place for me."

In his time at Virginia, London as accumulated solid recruiting classes -- but the results on the field haven't been seen, leading many rival recruiters to use London's on-field record against him.

"I don't talk about any other schools," London said. "I don't negative recruit. We don't talk about what they're doing, what they're not doing. We just talk about this school, and the opportunities that are presented to the young men that come here. So the conversation and the message has always been about 'Greater is coming. Greater is coming.'"

Virginia Football Class of 2014
Michael Biesemier DE (Lynchburg, Virginia Episcopal)
Quin Blanding DB (Virginia Beach, Bayside)
Andrew Brown DT (Chesapeake, Oscar Smith)
Caanan Brown LB (Clearwater, FL)
Evan Butts TE (Newtown Square, PA)
Darrious Carter DE (Indiana, PA)
Corwin Cutler QB (Virginia Beach, Ocean Lakes/FUMA)
Donovan Dowling WR (Richmond, Varina)
Jordan Ellis RB (Suwanee, GA)
Jeffery Farrar ATH (Upland, CA)
Jacob Fieler OL (Parkersburg, WV, FUMA)
J.J. Jackson DE (Purcelleville, VA Woodgrove)
Cory Jones DE (Washington D.C.)
Jamil Kamara WR (Virginia Beach, Bishop Sullivan Catholic)
Darious Latimore DB (Lawrenceville, GA)
Steven Moss OL (Fredericksburg, Chancellor)
Chris Peace LB (Newport News, Denbigh)


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