Andrew Brown's highly-anticipated arrival in Charlottesville is coming a few months sooner than originally expected.
Brown, a senior from Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, signed a grant-in-aid with Virginia last week. Brown plans to enroll at UVa next semester, which will allow him to participate in football practices next spring.
"To have a player of his caliber, of his ability, is very, very significant for us," UVa coach Mike London said Monday. "Because the other players look at him and say, "I'm coming because I can make a difference. That's why I'm coming." And those attitudes of young men, you appreciate."
Brown is one of the two five-star prospects the Cavaliers have been able to hang onto in recruiting -- Bayside High School safety Quin Blanding is the other -- despite the program's on-field struggles. UVa is 2-8 on the season, and will take a seven-game losing streak to Miami this weekend.
While Blanding's commitment won't become concrete until he signs a letter of intent in February, Brown is officially joining the Cavaliers -- who welcome the reinforcements.
"It's always good to see guys -- especially guys that are close to Charlottesville, Virginia; state guys -- to stay and home and want to get here early to get their careers going," junior tight end Jake McGee said Monday. "And I've met him once or twice. He's a big dude. So we'll definitely find some room for him."
The major recruiting websites all rate Brown as a five-star recruit, and rank him as the top defensive tackle prospect in the country. While London tried to temper expectations on Monday, he also admitted that Brown brings plenty of reason for excitement.
"You don't want to anoint a high school guy as being "The Guy." I mean, he's still got to go against college-age offensive linemen that'll be fourth- and fifth-year guys," London said. "But you do look at a skill level and a skill set that this young man possesses, that you can see why he's as good as advertised."