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Five-Star DT Recruit Andrew Brown to Land with Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday?

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Saturday is going to go down as one of the most important days of Andrew Brown‘s life. The five-star (according to 247Sports) defensive tackle from Chesapeake, Va. is going to make his much-anticipated announcement of where he will be spending the next few years of his life receiving his education and playing college football.

Now with the talents of someone like Brown, you would expect that guessing his destination would be simple. With schools on his long offer list such as the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Florida State Seminoles, two schools that have been clearing house on the 2014 recruiting trail, you could easily maybe pinpoint one of those two as favorites to grab the coveted commitment from Brown.

Well, you’d be guessing wrong.

With Brown recently revealing to 247Sports that he has eliminated the Tide and the ‘Noles from his list, that opened up the door for some lucky, unexpected program to hit the defensive jackpot by landing the player whom many consider the top DT in the country.

What many people are also strongly considering is that, tomorrow, Mike London and the Virginia Cavaliers will indeed be that program.

Virginia already has a 2014 class with eight members, and Brown could become the ninth. Building upon a strong relationship with primary recruiter Anthony Poindexter as well as London, the Cavs have thoroughly impressed the 6-4, 280-pounder. Citing the strict way London runs his program, coupled with academic interests, Charlottesville seems to have caught the young man’s eye.

Brown is a unique talent. He’s amazingly quick off the ball for someone that carries his size, and calling him versatile would be an understatement. The plethora of mobile quarterbacks taking over the football world shouldn’t pose an issue for him, as he has consistently shown how effective he can be chasing them down in the backfield. Scheme isn’t an issue neither. He can play inside in the 4-3 or outside in the 3-4, it doesn’t matter. He certainly seems to back up all the hype that has been thrust upon him.

Tomorrow afternoon at a cookout surrounded by family members, Brown will announce this life-changing decision. When he does, will the Virginia Cavaliers have proven to shock everyone by stealing one of the best players in the country from the rest of the “big boys?”


Jack is the ACC College Football Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Jack on Twitter @JackJ14RS

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There's No Longer Any Reason To Believe In UVA

Two weeks ago, the Virginia Cavaliers stood at 4-2, 2-0 in the ACC. Given how bad the rest of the Coastal Division seemed to be, there was optimism that UVA would at least finish above .500 on the season, perhaps make a bowl game, and if everything broke right, stay in contention for the Coastal Division title and a berth in the ACC Championship Game.

However, a 20-13 loss at Duke last week slowed that momentum, and Saturday’s 28-27 home loss to North Carolina not only ended any optimism, but it squarely turns the heat back up on head coach Mike London and his coaching staff.

Virginia wasn’t drastically outplayed today, and actually led the game 24-21 at halftime; however, as was the case for much of the second half — and several times over the last few years — a simple mistake cost the Cavaliers big time. With 1:17 to play and exiting a timeout, North Carolina lined up for a field goal that would have made it 31-27, leaving UVA at least a chance to win.

Instead, Virginia came out of the break with 12 men on the field. Carolina got a first down on the penalty and subsequently ran out the clock.

Such mistakes are the type you see when teams are led by rookie coaches, and while London is young, he isn’t a rookie. As fans streamed out of Scott Stadium in the final minute, with Virginia resigned to the type of befuddling loss that the Cavaliers seem to suffer at least twice a season, it became clear that this isn’t going to change.

The 8-5 season in 2011 was a mirage. Other than that, London is now 14-30 in Charlottesville. Despite his well-earned reputation as a top recruiter, he and his coaching staff either don’t use their talent properly, or don’t manage the fine points of the game that can cause a team to win or lose.

The penalty for too many men on the game’s most crucial play proves that the more things change, the more things they stay the same in Charlottesville. And with games left against Georgia Tech, Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech, finding a reason to believe is going to be difficult for Virginia fans moving forward — if they pay attention at all.

Ed Morgans is an ACC Basketball Writer for Follow him on Twitter @writered21 and add him to your network on Google.

Virginia football's failings can no longer be hidden after home loss to UNC.

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