The Road To Signing Day
Highlighted by two 5-star recruits, the University of Virginia football program currently boasts nine verbal commitments in the Class of 2014. The class includes one running back, one tight end, two offensive linemen, one defensive lineman, two defensive end/outside linebacker prospects, one safety, and one place-kicker/punter. Three players are considered number one in the nation at their respective position’s by at least one of the national recruiting outlets.
Here is Virginia’s 2014 Class to date:
QUIN BLANDING, Safety, 6’2″, 209 pounds, Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA)
Rankings: Consensus 5-star prospect (Rivals, ESPN, 247Sports, Scout). Blanding is rated as the no. 1 safety in the nation in his class by three of the four national recruiting outlets. Only Scout (no. 3) does not have him in the top spot at his position. Rivals (no. 4) and 247Sports (no. 8) rank Blanding in the top 10 overall in the nation in the class of 2014.
EDGE Outlook: Blanding’s 5-star status is very well deserved from everything I have seen and heard, and I expect him to be an immediate impact player. Led by Anthony Harris and Brandon Phelps and including talented young players like Anthony Cooper and Malcolm Cook , Virginia should have some solid depth in place at safety 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. The complete package at safety, Blanding has size, range, anticipation, and toughness. His feel for the game and competitiveness are reasons why I think he’ll be able to make the transition to major college ball immediately.
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