Strategy Session: Cavs Targeting Linemen

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UVa continues to pursue prospects — offensive linemen, in particular — in the class of 2013, but solidifying those committed recruits having second thoughts due to the dismissal of four assistant coaches, including defensive coordinator Jim Reid, remains a priority as well. As I wrote last week, the majority of the class remains solid, but this week the Cavaliers did receive some disappointing news on the commitment front.

Max Valles

According to Fork Union Military Academy postgraduate head coach John Shuman, defensive tackle Tyrell Chavis and defensive end/tight end Max Valles have de-committed from Virginia. Both players signed with the Cavaliers in the class of 2012 but did not gain admission.

Jim Reid’s dismissal was an important factor in Chavis’ decision to re-open his recruitment. Shuman believes UVa remains a serious option, but for now the Varina (VA) product at least wants to investigate other opportunities. Cavalier assistants Anthony Poindexter and Chip West stopped by Fork Union on Monday to meet with Chavis and others.

“They said, if he wants to open it up to go ahead,” Shuman said.

Connecticut is expected to meet with Chavis this week. Others have also expressed interest in the 6’3″, 300-pound defensive tackle, who Shuman called a “big-time player for us” in 2012.

“He did a lot of things,” Shuman said of Chavis. “He stopped the run. He did very well in sacking the quarterback and blocking passes. He’s a big-time player.”