4-Star OL Chooses Virginia

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Almost one month since 5-star safety Quin Blanding announced his decision to attend the University of Virginia, the Cavaliers football program has landed another highly acclaimed recruit from the class of 2014. Chancellor (Fredericksburg, VA) rising senior Steven Moss , who has been on grounds since Friday night on an unofficial visit, pledged to Mike London and company Saturday morning.

Moss isn’t rated at the 5-star level at this point, though he’s close. Rivals.com, Scout.com, and 247Sports.com have him as a 4-star recruit. Rivals has him as its no. 89 overall junior in the nation, while Scout has him as the no. 77 overall junior in the country.

“It’s official. Steven Moss has committed to UVa,” Chargers assistant coach Chris Lam wrote via text message on Saturday morning.

Moss’ commitment potentially gives the Hoos two of the Commonwealth’s top five prospects in the class of 2014. Blanding is sure to be there, while Moss certainly is under serious consideration. In addition to Virginia, the standout tackle received offers from Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and many more. He boasted double-digit offers before ever playing a down his junior season.

Moss, who currently stands 6’5″ and weighs 290 pounds, has the potential to play outside at tackle or inside at guard. The Chargers’ starting right tackle each of the past two seasons plays with fire and determination, and he plays to the whistle on every play.

“When I got on the field, I just got mad,” Moss said, reflecting on his sophomore season performance in a previous interview with TheSabre.com. “That’s the thing I do. That’s what coaches tell me they like about me. I want to run guys into the ground.”

Moss is Virginia’s third commitment in the class of 2014, joining Blanding and Victory Christian Academy (Lakeland, FL) defensive tackle Chris Nelson . Stay tuned to the EDGE this weekend for more on Moss and other weekend recruiting news.

EDGE Outlook: How do you answer a disappointing season followed by major coaching staff turnover? Landing a 5-star and a 4-star in a month’s time is a good way. Virginia has now gotten commitments from two of the state’s best, something that certainly can only help with other big-time in-state juniors such as WR Jamil Kamara , DL Andrew Brown , and others.

In terms of offensive line recruiting, look for the staff to take two or three more O-linemen in this class. Moss is a great way to start. I do believe he could play inside or out, so his versatility and athleticism are big, but most of all he’ll be a tough, fiery competitor for the Hoos in the trenches.

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