Sabre Scoop: Valles Solid To UVa

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Valles Headed To UVa After All

Max Valles is solidly committed to the University of Virginia and will finish out a full academic year at Fork Union Military Academy (VA), Max’s father, Paul, wrote in an e-mail to TheSabre.com Editor Kris Wright on Wednesday.

FUMA postgrad coach John Shuman said on Thursday of last week that Valles and Tyrell Chavis had de-committed from UVa and were re-evaluating their college options. Both players signed with the Hoos in February of 2012 but did not gain admission. Subsequently, they enrolled at Fork Union as postgraduates.

On Saturday, Valles tweeted that he was solid in his original decision.

Max Valles

Valles, a 6’5″, 210-pound prospect out of St. Joseph High School (Hammonton, N.J.), is a promising athlete with potential at either tight end or defensive end. Virginia initially recruited him at tight end, a position now projected to feature five scholarship players next season: Jay Mathis (Sr.), Jake McGee (Jr.), Rob Burns (Soph.), Mario Nixon (R/S Fr.), and Valles.

Shuman was particularly impressed with Valles’ talents on defense this season, likening the 2011 South Philly Defensive Player of the Year (Philadelphia Inquirer) to a former UVa standout pass rusher.

“[Valles] has nice speed and bounce. All he needs is 15 to 20 pounds, and he is the next Darryl Blackstock,” Shuman said in an interview in September.

The 2013 roster projection at defensive end includes Jake Snyder (Sr.), Stephen Lawe (Jr.),

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