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What the Recruiting Analysts are Saying

Urban Meyer, Florida Head Coach 2005-10, ESPN Analyst
“Virginia – Maryland, that’s great high school football…For Virginia, if that’s happening where they can hold onto the players in that area-I mean that’s Percy Harvin, that’s the Jelani Jenkins that I’m familiar with and some just other fantastic football players…If they can get a hold of that area, you can win a bunch of football games.”

Tom Luginbill, ESPN National Recruiting Director
“They’ve got tremendous facilities, a great atmosphere and they’re obviously getting faster because some of the skilled athletes now that they’re adding to the fold are significantly upgrading what they currently have and maybe what Mike London inherited…Now they’re starting to get some playmakers that can get you in space, create some mismatches, and that could be on the offensive and defensive side of the football as well as in the kicking game with two returners here just in today.”

Bruce Feldman, ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer on Mike London
“Because of his background, and law enforcement, and everything he’s done-when people get to know this guy there’s a wow factor with him…he’s a lot different from the average guy coming who’s coming into their house. When people get a sense of that and get to know him that’s tough for them to dismiss. He stands out.”

Stewart Mandel,
Breakout coach of the year: Virginia’s Mike London. Virginia is always a talent-rich state, but in recent years its top players have been looking anywhere but Charlottesville. The Cavaliers’ second-year coach reversed that trend, landing a Top 25 class highlighted by four-star cornerback Demetrious Nicholson. It marks the first time in four years that UVA landed a higher-ranked class than in-state rival Virginia Tech. Now London, who went 4-8 in his first season, just needs to translate that success to the field.

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