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Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) defensive lineman Andrew Brown, who is rated a 5-star prospect by all four national recruiting outlets (Rivals, 247Sports, ESPN, Scout), announced this afternoon that he has verbally committed to the University of Virginia. Brown’s decision gives Virginia its second 5-star recruit in the class of 2014 and the third 5-star overall in the Mike London era.
The 6’4″, 290-pound Brown received scholarship offers from all across the country before narrowing the field to five — Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia and Virginia Tech — earlier in June. Of the five finalists, Brown visited Clemson, UVa, and Virginia Tech before coming to his decision. He and fellow consensus 5-star Quin Blanding (FS, Bayside High School in Virginia Beach) are the headliners of Virginia’s 2014 Class, which is now up to nine players and also includes 4-star offensive linemen Steven Moss and Will Richardson.
“Andrew Waverly Brown III is going to be playing college football at UVa,” Brown said in a chat on ESPN.com. Check out the full interview by clicking here.
Asked what the deciding factor was in his decision, Brown said: “It’s home, man. I mean, it’s Virginia. Plus, another thing, I felt like it’s a family thing at UVa. I’m not going to be treated as, ‘Aw, that’s number 65. Aw, man, he’s just another player.’ I thought at UVa that they’re actually going to remember my name and treat me as one of their own sons and push me harder and harder every day.”
For the second time since Rivals.com began issuing star rankings in 2002, UVa will land multiple 5-stars in a class. The Cavaliers signed three 5-stars (Ahmad Brooks, Michael Johnson, and Kai Parham) in 2002, when London, who is now entering his fourth season as Cavaliers head coach, was an assistant to Al Groh.
In Brown, Virginia gets a defensive lineman with the capability of making an immediate impact on the major college level. He’ll be all the more prepared to play as a true freshman because he plans on enrolling in January, meaning he’ll get to go through spring practice before taking the field as a true freshman in the 2014 season.