Strategy Session: DL Remains The Top Need

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2014 Recruiting Snapshot

The Road To Signing Day

In terms of the 2013/2014 recruiting calendar, FBS football is now in the midst of the Spring Evaluation Period, which runs through the end of May. Coaches are busy traveling to high schools to make academic and athletic evaluations. Each school is allowed to make one phone call to each one of its recruits in the class of 2014.
It’s a long way away, but presumably Signing Day for the 2014 Class will be on February 5, 2014. This is the first Wednesday in February.

At this point, four rising high school seniors have verbally committed to the University of Virginia. Here is the rundown…

Quin Blanding , Safety, Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA)

Blanding, a consensus 5-star recruit (Rivals, 247Sports, ESPN, Scout), is an absolute stud with the ability to make an impact as a true freshman. He has been told he will play free safety. Virginia has the potential to have some solid depth in place at the position heading into the 2014 season, but it will be tough to keep Blanding and his combination of size, speed, big-play ability, and feel off of the field. I’d be surprised if he is not on the field in some capacity his first year.

Jordan “JJ” Jackson, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Woodgrove (Purcellville, VA)

JJ Jackson is an intriguing player. His only high school football experience came last year, when he tallied double-digit sacks as a defensive end. Jackson focused on basketball his freshman and sophomore seasons before deciding to give football a try. If he stays about the same in terms of height and weight, he could play outside linebacker. If he grows, defensive end could be his future. He is a developmental prospect not likely to contribute right away, but his versatility and athleticism are assets.

Steven Moss , Offensive Lineman, Chancellor (Fredericksburg, VA)

A 4-star recruit, Steven Moss has excelled at right offensive tackle at Chancellor the past two seasons. Right tackle is the position he is likely to play at

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