Mike London's Class of 2014 is ranked as high as 25th nationally
Despite a 2-10 record last season, the UVa football team inked a strong recruiting class on Wednesday's National Letter of Intent Signing Day.
The 17-member 2014 class is ranked as high as 25th nationally by ESPN.
"One of the things that stands out is there is some height, and some length," says Cavaliers head coach Mike London. "There's athleticism in this class. You talk about big athletes. Big athletes, 6'5", 6'4", 225 pounds, 235 pounds, that can run. So there's versatility with a lot of these players."
The class has two 5-star players, including Virginia Beach safety Quin Blanding, who signed on Wednesday.
He joins 5-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown, who enrolled early last month at UVa.
Blanding's childhood friend and fellow Virginia Beach-native Corwin Cutler also signed with the Cavaliers Wednesday.
"It was all coach London," says Cutler. "He was just being honest with me from the start. He actually cared about education more than he did football. That showed me that he cared about my life and not just going to the NFL."
Cutler is a 6-foot-4 pro-style quarterback, who played this past season at Fork Union.
He threw for 30 touchdowns and almost 2,300 yards his senior season at Ocean Lakes High School, before tearing his ACL in the team's first playoff game.
The 3-star prospect says he's excited to help turn UVa's football program around.
"It's called building a program," says Cutler. "It takes players to build a program too. Players are already there and working hard, and I look up to them too, so I can be a leader. I am just going to work off their work ethic too."
The 'Hoos also signed a 4-star wide receiver from Virginia Beach.
Jamil Kamara is one of five guys from the 757 area code.
It's a close knit class which mostly committed early, and stuck together despite Virginia's poor season last year.
London says, "You're always nervous about it, until this day. Do they actually sign, and you get that fax, or signature from them and their parents. The guys said, "Listen. This is a special class. Let's keep this class together. It was very gratifying and very humbling that they stuck with their commitment and chose Virginia."
Virginia Football Class of 2014
Michael Biesemier DE 6-4/235 Lynchburg, Virginia Episcopal Quin Blanding DB 6-2/206 Virginia Beach, Bayside Andrew Brown DT 6-3/298 Chesapeake, Oscar Smith Caanan Brown LB 6-3/225 Clearwater, FL Evan Butts TE 6-4/225 Newtown Square, PA Darrious Carter DE 6-6/200 Indiana, PA Corwin Cutler QB 6-4/200 Virginia Beach, Ocean Lakes/FUMA Donovan Dowling WR 6-1/206 Richmond, Varina Jordan Ellis RB 5-10/216 Suwanee, GA Jeffery Farrar ATH 6-0/194 Upland, CA Jacob Fieler OL 6-5/295 Parkersburg, WV, FUMA J.J. Jackson DE 6-4/220 Purcelleville, VA Woodgrove Cory Jones DE 6-4/210 Washington D.C. Jamil Kamara WR 6-1/202 Virginia Beach, Bishop Sullivan Catholic Darious Latimore DB 6-0/161 Lawrenceville, GA Steven Moss OL 6-5/273 Fredericksburg, Chancellor Chris Peace LB 6-3/220 Newport News, Denbigh