2013 Virginia Football Signing Day
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- OL - George Adeosun - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- LB - Zach Bradshaw - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- DT - Tyrell Chavis - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- S - Malcolm Cook - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- QB - Corwin "Turtle" Cutler - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- DL - Jack English - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- CB - Kirk Garner - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- CB - Tim Harris - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- WR - Keeon Johnson - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- WR - Zack Jones - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- LB - Micah Kiser - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- WR - Andre Levrone, Jr. - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- QB - Brendan "Whitey" Marshall - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- OL - Jack McDonald - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- TB - Taquan "Smoke" Mizzell - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- OT - Sadiq Olanrewaju - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- OL - Eric Smith - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- LB - LaChaston Smith - LOI Status: SIGNED * [ video - bio ]
- OL - Eric Tetlow - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- TE - Max Valles - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- DT - Donta Wilkins - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
- LB/FB - Connor Wingo-Reeves - LOI Status: SIGNED [ video - bio ]
* Denotes mid-year enrollment at UVa and did not have to sign LOI. Counts toward 2012 recruiting class.
Notes - Adeosun saw limited action on the varsity squad as a junior before enjoying a breakout senior season. He played offensive guard in the 2012 regular season opener before moving to offensive tackle, grading out above 75-percent for the majority of the year.
Adeosun mainly received FCS interest through December 2012, and actually he was a William & Mary commitment heading into January, when his recruitment took off. UVa offered the weekend of January 18-20 and was followed by Arizona State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Purdue.
Quotes - "George's freshman year, our defensive backs coach saw him and told him he should come out and play. He didn't even know where the pads went. Slowly but surely, he learned. This year we played against Lovejoy (in the third game of the season), which has a kid who is an SEC recruit. George negated that kid. After that, George's confidence started to grow and that was it. He didn't grade out below 75 percent the rest of the season." - Alpharetta (GA) assistant coach A.J. Merine.
Notes - Performing well as a receiver and runner in 2011, Bradshaw hauled in 35 passes for 466 yards and seven scores. He added 25 carries for 219 yards and two touchdowns. As a senior, Bradshaw continued to be an impact player for the Hornets. Most notably, he scored touchdowns in five different ways: Receiving, rushing, interception return, punt return and kick return. He finished the season with nine touchdowns in total and over 400 yards receiving.
Bradshaw demonstrated quality skills and playmaking ability on offense in high school, so it would not be a surprise to see him end up as an H-Back, but he is expected to start out at outside linebacker at Virginia.
Boston College, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, N.C. State, Northwestern, Penn State, South Carolina, and West Virginia were among the other schools that offered. He originally verbally committed to Penn State before changing his mind when the NCAA handed down steep sanctions to the Nittany Lions program in July of 2012. He committed to UVa on August.
Quotes - "At our level, he's just kind of a jack-of-all-trades. We use him as punt return, kickoff return. He's our long snapper. He plays outside linebacker. He plays receiver. He plays wildcat quarterback. He just kind of does everything for us.'' - Damascus head coach Eric Wallich discussing Bradshaw's talents in an article on the Altoona Mirror.
"If you're rating someone's character, he would be off the charts. He's literally the nicest guy in the world, and he comes from a great family. He's been going on missionary trips to Honduras every summer. We get on him about not being in the weight room with us, but how can you not respect what he's doing?'' - Wallich in the same Altoona Mirror article, this time discussing Bradshaw's character.
Notes - Chavis originally signed with UVa as a member of the Class of 2012. He did not qualify, however, and is completing postgraduate work at Fork Union Military Academy.
As a senior at Varina (VA), Chavis racked up 14 sacks from the defensive tackle spot, which is the position he primarily played at Fork Union and will likely play at UVa. He played significantly on both sides of the line in his time with the Blue Devils.
Boston College, Vanderbilt, and Virginia offered Chavis prior to his senior season at Varina. Following his postgraduate season, Connecticut offered and Virginia Tech expressed serious interest, but ultimately he decided to stick with the Hoos.
Quotes - "He's hard to block. He has got a little quickness to him." - FUMA postgraduate head coach John Shuman
Notes - Cook attended Armstrong High School in Richmond (VA) before transferring to Fork Union for his senior season. He excelled, earning VIS first-team all-state honors for his play at safety. Cook finished the season with double-digit interceptions, several of which he returned for touchdowns.
Syracuse, TCU, and others offered Cook following his senior season, but he ultimately stuck by the pledge he gave UVa in July of 2012.
Quotes - "He is very, very athletic. He passes the eyeball test. As far as his skills, he is a legitimate 4.45-second guy in the 40. The kid can run. He has a lot of upside." - Retiring Fork Union head coach Micky Sullivan
Corwin "Turtle" Cutler
Notes - Cutler attended Indian River for two years before transferring to Ocean Lakes. As a junior, Cutler threw for over 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns. He really broke out as a senior, though, completing 133 of 191 passes for 2,232 yards and 31 touchdowns. The VHSCA first-team all-state quarterback threw only four interceptions, guiding the Dolphins to an undefeated regular season. A devastating knee injury, in which several ligaments were torn, ended his high school career in the first round of the playoffs. He has since undergone surgery and is on the road to recovery.
Quotes - "First there is his ability to throw. I feel like he has got one of the better arms in the state. He has a very strong and accurate arm." - Ocean Lakes head coach Chris Scott
Notes - English started at tight end and defensive tackle for the Saints and earned first-team all-VIS honors at defensive tackle each of the past two seasons. As a junior, he racked up 20.5 tackles for loss on a team that went 9-3 and reached the VIS Division 1 state championship game.
English chose Virginia over an offer from Virginia Tech.
Quotes - "He was unbelievable. He was an enormous part of our success. He was huge on the defensive line, which allowed us to do some things coverage-wise. On the other side, his athleticism at tight end created matchup problems for the defense." - St. Christopher's head coach Michael Turner on English's impact in 2011.
"According to Virginia Tech's coaches, Jack looked spectacular when they were putting him through the tight end paces. He also did some pass- blocking drills as a tackle, and he did well there too. He measured in at 6'5 1/2", 245 pounds or so, and I think he ran a 4.7 and change in the 40." - Turner discussing English's performance at Virginia Tech's one-day camp in June of 2012. English then impressed at a UVa camp, earning an offer from the Hoos soon after.
Notes - Garner is a cousin of current UVa wide receiver E.J. Scott. Both players attended Good Counsel. Garner has played on Good Counsel's varsity football team since his freshman year. As a senior, he started at wide receiver, cornerback, and kick returner, earning first-team all-WCAC honors on offense. Though he has experience at safety and corner on the high school level, Garner will play in Virginia's defensive backfield at cornerback.
Kirk claimed offers from Auburn, Florida State, Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
Quotes - "He plays 48 minutes. He's the leader of our team. He's a great kid." - Bob Milloy on Kirk Garner.
Notes - Opposing offenses stayed away from Harris' side of the field in 2012, but the talented athlete recorded two interceptions and made 35.5 tackles his senior season. He earned Richmond Times-Dispatch first-team all-metro honors for his play his senior year.
Harris chose UVa over Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and others.
Quotes - : "You try and stay on the opposite side of the field. He makes things happen because he is so football savvy. Athletically, he is as-advertised." - Thomas Dale (Chester, VA) head coach Kevin Tucker on Harris. The Knights played Varina in 2011 and 2012.
Notes - Johnson had 38 receptions for 770 yards and nine touchdowns his junior season. He improved his receiving total to 41 his senior season, despite missing several games to a toe injury. A selection to the 2012 NC/SC Shrine Bowl, Johnson had 535 yards and five scores as a senior. He is also a standout on the varsity basketball team.
Johnson's decision came down to Virginia, North Carolina and Notre Dame. He also held offers from Duke, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Miami, N.C. State and Wake Forest.
Quotes - "As far as being a receiver, he has got to be up there in the tops of all the guys I've had the opportunity to coach. Overall talent-wise, he has got to be up there too. Few players pass all the tests college coaches are looking for. He definitely has the size. He has the athleticism, speed and agility. He is extremely strong. And on top of all of that, he has got the academics. This all makes him very well-rounded." - Mike Newsome
Notes - Jones is the younger brother of former UVa running back Perry Jones. His breakout high school season came in 2011, when, as a junior, he racked up 49 catches for 993 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Group AAA Division 6 state champion Tigers. Jones earned first-team all-Tidewater honors that year. He earned second-team all-Tidewater his senior year, in which he missed several games with an ankle injury.
Illinois also offered Jones.
Quotes - "Without a doubt, he is the top wide receiver in Virginia. I stand by what I said before. If he continues to grow and develop, he could be the best receiver to come out of Smith." - Oscar Smith head coach Richard Morgan
Notes - Kiser played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, in which he had six tackles. He racked up 91 tackles including three sacks his junior season, earning consensus all-state status as a result. Kiser was even better as a senior, racking up 111 tackles with 11 tackles for loss and three sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns, including one in a 13-6 win over New Jersey prep power Don Bosco Prep.
Auburn, Florida, Maryland, N.C. State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and others also offered Kiser, who played middle linebacker for the Greyhounds but could play inside or outside for the Hoos.
Quotes - "Henry and Micah are such a force of nature, it's almost impossible to run the football against us. When Calvert Hall played us the first time, they threw 44 times and ran nine, which is unheard of in our league. You have to pick your poison. You've got to double team Henry, and you've got to send at least a man and a half at Micah, so right there you've got guys open." - Gilman head coach Biff Poggi discussing Henry Poggi (Michigan-bound DT) and Kiser to the Baltimore Sun.
"[In 2011] he was obviously good, but this year he is blitzing more. He is a lot quicker and faster. One of his best attributes is his ability to get out on the toss sweep." - Good Counsel QB and UVa recruit Brendan Marshall on Kiser, who he faced each of the past two seasons.
Andre Levrone, Jr.
Notes - Levrone's Good Counsel career never truly took off. As a junior, he played behind star receivers Stefon Diggs and Kendall Fuller. Levrone headed into his senior season as a starter, but he suffered a broken tibia in Good Counsel's season opener. He would return briefly only to get injured again. Later on, doctors discovered bone cysts on the injured leg that could have caused those injuries. Levrone had offseason surgery to remove those cysts and is now fully cleared to resume athletic activities.
Despite the limited results, Levrone earned offers from Auburn, Mississippi State, and Southern Cal to go along with his Virginia offer. He has all the physical attributes major college coaches covet in a receiver, including height, strength, and speed.
Quotes - "I would say he is more in the Tim Smith mode if I had to compare him to somebody. I don't think he's a 4.2 guy, but he has good speed. He ran good routes." - VirginiaPreps.com Editor Zirkle Blakey said of Levrone after watching the Falcons standout at the 2012 VTO Combine in Richmond.
Brendan "Whitey" Marshall
Notes - As Good Counsel's starting quarterback in 2011 and 2012, Marshall guided the Falcons to a 23-1 record and two WCAC championship titles. He was a first-team all-WCAC selection at quarterback in 2011. Marshall also served as Good Counsel's starting punter, earning first-team all-WCAC honors at that position in 2012. Nicknamed Whitey, Marshall will reunite at UVa with Zach Bradshaw, as the two were teammates in rec league football.
California also offered Marshall.
Quotes - "If you give him time, he'll pick you a part. But he's very smart. Everything we do has a package. And I think Virginia has got a good player." - Good Counsel head coach Bob Milloy on Marshall.
Notes - Started on the varsity level his junior and senior seasons. He alternated between right tackle and right guard his junior season, when BC High finished with a 10-3 overall record and a Division 1 Super Bowl title. He saw action at guard and tackle during the regular season in 2012, and he played center in all three of BC High's preseason scrimmages.
McDonald chose UVa over offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, Miami, and North Carolina.
Quotes - The Virginia coaches "pointed out my footwork and said I have good athleticism for my size. They want big, athletic offensive linemen. They see me as a borderline tackle and guard. The more versatile I am, the better for me and the program. I don't have a preference. I just want to help the team. I'll play tackle, guard, or even center, which is what I'm learning to play now. They probably want me more as a guard, but maybe tackle or center. Toughness is another thing they like about me. Coach London was telling me about that. He likes that I go to the whistle every play. That's what I try to do." - Jack McDonald
"He only played a little bit his sophomore year, but I knew he was going to be good. Last year as a junior, he came back and was in great shape. He had great size. I didn't think he could get bigger, but this summer he looks great. Jack has always been athletic. He has always had good feet." - former BC High head coach Jon Bartlett, who stepped down following the 2011 season.
Taquan "Smoke" Mizzell
Notes - Virginia's most highly rated recruit in this class, Mizzell earned 5-star status from Rivals.com and was a 2013 U.S. Army All-American. He also was an honorable mention Parade All-American. As a senior, Mizzell rushed 194 times for 1,231 yards and scored 26 total touchdowns. He returned three kick-offs for scores and could be an instant impact player for UVa on special teams. Mizzell rushed for 3,601 career yards and scored 416 career points, the latter being good enough for second in South Hampton Roads history.
Mizzell chose UVa over a host of others, including Boston College, California, Clemson, Connecticut, East Carolina, Illinois, Miami, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue, Temple, UCLA, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech.
Quotes - "Smoke's" skill-set was evident when he arrived on the Bayside scene in 2009. Over the past four years, the quick and elusive back has only gotten better and better.
"As a freshman he had very good skills with the ball in his hands, but he was small and needed to improve his speed. It was night and day from one season to the next. We knew coming into his 10th grade year he was going to be special. Our goal was to give him the ball. It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out." - former Bayside head coach Darnell Moore
Notes - Transferred to Salisbury School for the final two years of high school. First experience on the offensive line came his junior season. As a senior, Olanrewaju helped his team to an undefeated record. He is also an accomplished wrestler.
Connecticut, Rutgers, Stanford, and Temple offered as well.
Quotes - "Before he came here, his only experience was at defensive end. We're not a deep team, so guys have to play both ways. He's around 6'5" or 6'6". He's 280 pounds and he looks like he is 230. Offensive tackle was a position he had never played before, but I think it's his natural position. He has good feet in pass-blocking. He pulls well. He keeps his feet moving. The biggest transition for him was learning how to be an offensive lineman. He has only really played 10 weeks of offensive line. But I think he's excited about it." - Salisbury head coach Chris Phelps on Olanrewaju's junior season.
Notes - Smith started for three seasons on the varsity level. He has played three sports in his time at Columbia, including football, basketball, and baseball. He pledged to UVa in December of 2012 without ever having visited the school.
Smith also had offers from Central Florida, North Carolina, Wake Forest, and others.
Quotes - "He is the type of guy that could play [offensive tackle or offensive guard]. If it were me, I'd start him out at guard for his first or second year. By his junior and senior years, with his range and length, I'd probably put him at right tackle. He can run so good, which is why I could see him at guard starting out." - Columbia head coach David Edwards.
Notes - Smith enrolled at UVa in January after graduating from high school in December. As a senior he guided South Iredell to a North Carolina Class AA state championship title, leading the way mostly on offense, including a 159-yard, 3-touchdown performance in the state title game. He played sparingly at linebacker his senior season, but as a junior he had 82 tackles including 12 tackles for loss at middle linebacker. As a sophomore, Smith had 99 tackles with 24 tackles for loss at defensive end.
Smith claimed offers from ECU, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wake Forest in addition to UVa.
Quotes - "[Smith's] a force from tackle to tackle. He's a hard hitter, a hard-nosed player, and he has the speed to go from sideline to sideline. He helps dictate what the offenses are going to try and do." - South Iredell head coach Scott Miller.
Notes - Tetlow, who first started on the varsity level as a sophomore, earned first-team all-region and first-team all-district honors his senior season. He has experience playing in the interior line and offensive tackle on the high school level, and he could play anywhere on the offensive line on the next level. He played in the 2012 Chesapeake Bowl in the postseason.
In addition to UVa, which offered in December of 2012, Tetlow received offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Maryland, Pitt, Purdue, South Florida, and Wake Forest. He originally committed to Wake Forest before switching the eve of Signing Day.
Quotes - "It was a very difficult decision, yet I believe that my educational opportunities will best be served at U.Va, and being a Virginia native, I will be proud to play ball for my home state at Virginia," Tetlow said in a statement according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Notes - Valles signed with Virginia in the Class of 2012. He fell short of gaining admission last summer and was asked to prep. Valles is finishing up postgraduate work at Fork Union and is expected to enroll in Charlottesville this summer.
A talented athlete on both sides of the ball, Valles was named the Philadelphia Inquirer South Philly Defensive Player of the Year his senior season at St. Joseph's (Hammonton, N.J.). He started out at tight end at Fork Union but played defensive end as well.
Rutgers offered out of high school and Syracuse entered the picture after his postgraduate season, but Valles stuck with his commitment.
Quotes - Valles will likely start out at tight end at UVa, but FUMA postgrad coach John Shuman was impressed with his defensive potential.
"He has nice speed and bounce," Shuman said. "All he needs is 15 to 20 pounds, and he is the next Darryl Blackstock."
Notes - Wilkins started on both sides of the line. As a senior, he was named the Northwest Region Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year. Wilkins earned VHSCA first-team all-state honors at defensive tackle and second-team all-state honors at offensive line as a junior in 2011. He finished his junior season with an astounding 27 tackles for loss and nine sacks.
Arkansas, Miami, Michigan State, North Carolina and Tennessee were some of the other offers Wilkins considered.
Quotes - "When he's on the field, he never takes a play off. He loves blocking. He loves playing on the defensive line. He does whatever we need him to do. He plays from the snap to the whistle. Some guys take plays off. He never does. He has got a lot of natural ability, but that desire and will to play to the whistle has got him where he is today." - Potomac head coach Jerry Roadcap
"District championship in my senior year. That was the best thing." - Wilkins when asked the top highlight of his high school career.
Notes - Wingo-Reeves started on the varsity level all four years. As a senior, he racked up 90 tackles from the middle linebacker spot. He played on the inside --whether as a middle linebacker or as an inside linebacker -- his entire high school career. Wingo-Reeves is more known for his defensive exploits in high school, but he may end up at fullback at Virginia.
Connor's grandfather is in the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in three sports.
Wingo-Reeves originally committed to Temple before being offered by the Hoos in January of 2013. He then switched his commitment to the Cavaliers. He also considered an offer from Navy.
Quotes - "I'm just ecstatic. It's a great feeling to be able to represent your state. They just want me to come into summer camp and they'll see where I fit best. They are thinking Mike linebacker or fullback." - Wingo-Reeves on the day he committed to UVa.