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Just some recruiting info..

London calling

Under former coach Al Groh, Virginia's recruiting hadn't finished higher than sixth in the ACC since 2004 and the Cavaliers were getting hammered in-state by Virginia Tech. Now, with new coach Mike London, the recruiting battles between Virginia and Virginia Tech appear to be back.

London already has secured commitments from Virginia Beach (Va.) Green Run defensive tackle David Dean, Newport News (Va.) Menchville athlete Clifton Richardson, Virginia Beach (Va.) Cox guard Ross Burbank and Richmond (Va.) Hermitage defensive end Diamonte Bailey.

The top remaining in-state targets in-state are Richmond Hermitage linebacker Curtis Grant, Virginia Beach Bayside cornerback Demetrious Nicholson, Alexandria T.C. Williams offensive tackle Jay Whitmire, Virginia Beach Kempsville linebacker Travis Hughes, Dinwiddie High defensive end Corey Marshall and Manassas Osbourn Park athlete Dominique Terrell.

All are on the "Rivals250 to Watch" list. While UVa isn't the clear leader for any of them, the Cavs are in the mix more than they would have been before London's arrival.

Grant long has been rumored to be a strong Virginia Tech lean, with North Carolina appearing to be the biggest early threat, but his interest in Virginia cannot be ignored. He is expected to visit Charlottesville in June, which would be his fourth visit this year. And while Virginia trails others for Marshall (Virginia Tech), Hughes (Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Maryland) and Terrell (Virginia Tech and West Virginia), they have good shots at Nicholson and Whitmire. North Carolina leads for both, but the lead is small, and the longer the recruitments go, the better for Virginia.

Virginia also is in the mix for other in-state studs outside the 250. Hampton Phoebus linebackers Caleb Taylor and Daquan Romero currently favor Virginia, with Taylor being a strong lean and Romero favoring the Cavs slightly over UNC. Chesterfield L.C. Bird athlete Anthony Harris favors UVa over Maryland and West Virginia, but this could get close if Clemson and North Carolina get involved. Hampton High quarterback David Watford likes Virginia and Virginia Tech, but the Hokies could take the lead following a visit this weekend to Blacksburg. Midlothian Manchester offensive tackle Jake Goins has been offered by UVa and Virginia Tech, but the Hokies' offer is for a grayshirt and a recent visit to Charlottesville has his mother heavily favoring UVa. UVa also could land Ashburn Stone Bridge defensive end Rob Burns, but it's unclear how high he is on the Cavs' board.

London's out-of-state recruiting looks good, too. The Cavs lead for Olney (Md.) Good Counsel defensive end Vincent Croce, Charlotte (N.C.) Independence running back Nyjee Fleming, Washington (D.C.) Dunbar wide receiver Daniel Adams and Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic teammates Kelby Johnson and Jordan Lomax, and are in the top group of schools listed for Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga quarterback Kevin Hogan, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep quarterback Gary Nova, Andover (Mass.) High tight end Brian Miller, Owings Mills (Md.) High offensive tackle Donovan Smith, Dover (Del.) High offensive tackle Trip Thurman, Baltimore Boys Latin defensive end Marco Jones, Bowie (Md.) High cornerback Jeremiah Hendy, Damascus (Md.) High athlete Brandon Phelps and Baltimore The Gilman School athlete Darius Jennings.

Some prospects will be waiting to see how Virginia, 8-16 over the past two seasons, does on the field this season, but if recruiting interest is any indication, things quickly are turning around in Charlottesville under London.

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