According to rivals.com, defensive back Daiquan Lawrence from Western Branch in Chesapeake had only two FBS offers prior to his commitment this week to Wake Forest but it had to feel good for the Deacs.
Lawrence (6 foot 1,185) also had an offer from Virginia, which is said to be on the lookout for taller cornerbacks for coordinator Jon Tenuta’s defensive scheme. At North Carolina State, Tenuta had an All-America corner, David Ammerson, who was 6-3.
Speaking of Wake and Virginia, I’d be interested to hear what Wake thought when offensive lineman Eric Tetlow decommitted to the Deacs one week before signing day and ended up committing to Virginia.
If you’re Wake, coached by ex-UVa linebacker Jim Grobe, do you wonder if the Tetlow recruiting will be a sign of things to come or was there an acceptable explanation for it?
The early story I heard was that Wake liked Lawrence’s teammate, 6-2, 210-pound outside linebacker Terence Ricks. The Deacs reportedly were willing to take Ricks, but I haven’t seen where Ricks has made an oral commitment to this point.
THE FOOTBALL COMMITMENT Virginia accepted Friday from Suwanee, Ga., running back Jordan Ellis was the first UVa has taken this year from a Georgia player, but I’m guessing it won’t be the last.
Associate head coach Tom O’Brien, sizing up Virginia’s recruiting efforts following signing day, said he felt the Cavaliers would receive a good reception if they stepped up their recruiting in Georgia.
New North Carolina State Dave Doeren inherits a Wolfpack roster that had 11 players from Georgia, all recruited by O’Brien and his staff. Virginia had three Georgia players on its 2012 roster and added offensive lineman George Adeosun late in the signing period.
RE-READING AN EARLIER story, I am reminded that Old Dominion moves up to the Football Bowl Subdivision this year, so I need to add Albemarle High School defensive tackle Ryan Londree to the list of state commitments.
Londree, a 6-3, 280-pound defensive tackle, committed to the Monarchs in mid-May. Primarily a basketball player when he was younger, he was a first-team All-Commonwealth selection in football this year.
Old Dominion actually is in a “transition year” this season, meaning it cannot compete for FBS awards or rankings and also is not eligible for the FCS playoffs.
IN CASER YOU’RE WONDERING, rivals.com is showing Tech with commitments from two players who were offered by Virginia (safety C.J. Reavis and quarterback/athlete Travon McMillan).
The same service is showing UVa with commitments from three players who were offered by Tech (safety Quin Blanding and offensive linemen Steven Moss and Will Richardson).
I wouldn’t read anything into that. When Tech took a commitment from Massaponax defensive lineman Vinnie Mihota prior to his junior year, which was unusually early, he had no other offers. Mihota is the younger brother of ex-UVa offensive lineman Anthony Mihota.
2014 DIVISION I-A FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS FROM VIRGINIA (16)
VIRGINIA TECH (7) – Jaylen Bradshaw, Xavier Burke, Terrell Edmunds, Travon McMillian, Vincent Mihota, C.J. Reavis, Marshawn Williams
VIRGINIA (3) – Quin Blanding, J.J. Jackson, Steven Moss
FLORIDA STATE (1) – Alec Eberle
NORTH CAROLINA (1) – Caleb Henderson
NOTRE DAME (1) – Greer Martini
OLD DOMINION (1) – Ryan Londee
TENNESSEE (1) – Coleman Thomas
WAKE FOREST (1) – Daiquan Lawrence