Top recruits believe Virginia's Mike London will return next season
There’s plenty of speculation surrounding Virginia coach Mike London’s status for next season, but at least two of the Cavaliers top recruits have had their doubts answered.
Andrew Brown, Sr., the father of 5-star 2014 defensive tackle recruit Andrew Brown, reached out to UVa athletic director Craig Littlepage on Thursday regarding London’s situation, and got the answer he was looking for.
“We just wanted to ensure Mike London is gonna be there because that could change the situation around,” Andrew Brown Sr. told the Washington Post. “I feel comfortable now. Mike’s staying.
“We made a commitment to Mike, and we’re sticking by it through thick and thin.”
Littlepage confirmed to the Post via email that he had spoken to Brown Sr. and “reiterated that Mike London will be our coach” next season.
“I told Mr. Brown that in spite of some negativity we are committed to improving the program …. I didn’t want uncertainty to factor into Andrew Brown’s desire to be at UVa playing for Coach London,” Littlepage wrote.
Brown, who committed to the Cavaliers back in March, is the No. 1 defensive tackle recruit in the country according to the 247sports composite ranking.
Quin Blanding, also a 5-star recruit and the No. 1 safety recruit according to 247, told the Post that he is “100 percent committed” to Virginia and isn’t concerned about London’s job stability.
“I committed because of him, but it’s not that we’re keeping Coach London’s job,” Blanding said. “The players want to play for Coach London because he’s a great dude, a down-to-earth guy. We have his back 100 percent, and that’s why we ride with him.”
“Most people say, ‘They had an off season.’,” Blanding said. “That’s fine. That’s why you want to come in and work for something.
“Yeah, you can go to Alabama. But if you don’t go to Alabama, it’s still gonna be Alabama regardless. I want to bring U-Va. back to what we used to be.”
Both Brown and Blanding are ranked among the nation’s top 10 recruits regardless of position, and the Cavaliers join No. 1 Alabama as the only schools to have verbal commitments from top 10 prospects.
Mired in a seven-game losing streak, Virginia is currently 2-8 and travels to Miami on Saturday before closing out the season at home vs. Virginia Tech on Nov. 30.
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