Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 5, 2014

National Signing Day: Virginia football signees and bios

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Virginia football signings and bios



Michael Biesemier

DE 6-4 235 Lynchburg, Va. Virginia Episcopal School



Played offensive and defensive line at Virginia Episcopal School for head coach Butch Jennings … helped lead the Bishops to the 2012 and 2013 Division III  VISAA state championship … helped Virginia Episcopal School to a 10-1 record in 2013 … earned first-team all-state honors on the offensive and defensive side of the ball … a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com … a two-star recruit according to Scout.com and 247Sports.com … also played basketball and lacrosse at Virginia Episcopal School … was a member of the basketball team’s 2011 Division III VISAA state championship squad … has played the piano since the third grade and likes to compose songs in his spare time … likes to fish … name is pronounced Bees-Meyer.



Quin Blanding

S 6-4 210 Virginia Beach, Va. Bayside HS



Played safety and wide receiver at Bayside High School for former head coach Darnell Moore and current head coach Jon White … named Tom Lemming’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year with fellow UVa recruit Andrew Brown … Parade All-America honorable mention ... ESPN 300 recruit ... Rivals.com’s No. 5 recruit … 247Sports.com’s No. 8 recruit … ESPN.com's No. 10 recruit ... ESPN.com's No. 3 recruit in the Commonwealth of Virginia ... No. 1 safety recruit in the nation according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com ... rated a five-star recruit according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com ... Under Armour first-team All-American ... MaxPreps.com second-team All-American … second-team USA Today All-USA … Beach District co-Defensive Player of the Year … Virginian-Pilot All-Tidewater first-team at safety … rarely thrown at on defense and had 118 tackles in 2013 … played four positions on offensive (QB, RB, TE, WR) as a senior and piled up 1,116 all-purpose yards … took part in Nike's The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. during the summer of 2013 and 2012 … was one of three Class of 2014 recruits to take part in Nike’s The Opening in 2012 … appeared in the 2014 Under Armour All-America game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. ... also played in the Chesapeake Bowl … made 111 tackles and five interceptions as a junior … son of Kevin Blanding and Cory Lee … father Kevin played football at NCAA Division II Glenville State (W.V.) for current Arizona football head coach Rich Rodriguez … has two older sisters, Jordan Lee and Myki Lee … sister Jordan Lee currently serves in the Navy aboard the USS Oscar Austin, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer … mother, Cory Lee, named him after the folk-rock song titled “The Mighty Quinn”… has an affinity for colorful socks … attended the same high school as current Cavaliers Henry Coley, Anthony Cooper, Taquan Mizzell and Demetrious Nicholson.



Andrew Brown

DT 6-4 290 Chesapeake, Va. Oscar Smith HS



Enrolled in January and will participate in spring practice ... defensive tackle at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake for head coach Richard Morgan ... 2013 Gatorade National Player of the Year ... presented the Gatorade National Player of the Year award by former UVa All-American Tiki Barber during a surprise assembly ... named Tom Lemming’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year … Parade All-America first-team ... ESPN 300 recruit ... ESPN.com's No. 5 recruit ... ESPN.com's No. 1 recruit in the Commonwealth of Virginia ... No. 1 defensive tackle recruit in the nation ... rated a five-star recruit according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com ... Under Armour first-team All-American ... took part in Nike's The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. during the summer of 2013 ... USA Today All-USA first-team ... all-state first-team ... Virginian-Pilot All-Tidewater Player of the Year ... MaxPreps.com first team All-American ... led Oscar Smith to the 2013 VHSL 6A state championship game with 93 tackles, 30 for a loss, 18 sacks and forced nine fumbles ... appeared in the 2014 Under Armour All-America game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida ... also played in the Chesapeake Bowl ... a 2012 USA Today All-USA first-team selection after making 83 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior at Oscar Smith ... spent freshman and sophomore seasons at Indian River High School in Chesapeake ... son of Andrew Brown and Sonia Carter ... has an older sister, Kayla ... devoted member of his church community and volunteered locally at youth football camps.



Caanan Brown

LB 6-3 235 Clearwater, Fla. Clearwater Central Catholic



Played linebacker and fullback at Clearwater Central Catholic High School for head coach John Davis … rated a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com … rated a two-star recruit according to Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com … led Clearwater Central Catholic to an 11-3 record and an appearance in the 3A FHSAA state championship game … made 120 tackles at linebacker … scored a 65-yard receiving touchdown as a fullback … team’s defensive MVP and first-team all-state honoree … collected 274 career tackles in a three-year varsity career … collected 19.0 career sacks and 46 career quarterback hurries … made 78 tackles and 9.0 sacks to help the Marauders to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the state semifinals … plans to major in international finance … enjoys salt water fly fishing … caught a seven-foot bull shark off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico … has done white-water kayaking … attends the same high school as recently graduated UVa tight end Paul Freedman.



Evan Butts

TE 6-4 225 Newtown Square, Pa. Episcopal Academy



Played tight end and defensive end at Episcopal Academy for head coach Todd Fairlie … also was the team long snapper … rated a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports … helped Episcopal to an 8-3 record and a third-place finish in the Inter-Academic League … broke an Episcopal Academy season record with 813 receiving yards in 2013 … averaged 19.36 yards per catch in 2013 … scored eight touchdowns in 2013 … was first-team All-Delco and All-Inter-Ac at tight end … also was an All-Inter-Ac defensive end first team honoree with 15 tackles for loss and seven sacks, forcing five fumbles … helped lead Episcopal Academy to its first outright Inter-Ac title since 1982 … also played varsity basketball at Episcopal Academy … early in high school career played baseball and grew up playing lacrosse … older brother Jake played one season of football at Division III Williams College.



Darrious Carter

DL 6-5 205 Indiana, Pa. Indiana Senior HS



Played defensive end and wide receiver at Indiana Senior High School for head coach Mark Zilinskas ... made 65 tackles, 11 sacks and broke up 14 passes in 2013 for the Little Indians ... was a 1,000-yard receiver with five touchdowns on offense ... named to the Class AAA Pennsylvania Football Writers' All-State team ... also a forward on the basketball team.



Corwin Cutler

QB 6-4 180 Virginia Beach, Va. Ocean Lakes HS/Fork Union Military Academy



Played quarterback at Ocean Lakes High School for head coach Chris Scott … originally signed with Virginia in 2013 … spent one year in prep school at Fork Union Military Academy where he spent time recovering from a knee injury that cut short his senior season in 2012 … played one game at Fork Union where he threw a 60-yard touchdown pass … threw for over 2,100 yards and 30 touchdowns before the injury at Ocean Lakes in 2012 … VHSL Group AAA All-State first-state first-team honoree … named a VHSCA All-State first-team quarterback as a senior … Virginian-Pilot All-Tidewater first-team honoree while guiding the Dolphins to an unbeaten regular season and Beach District Championship … Beach District Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Eastern Region … threw for over 1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2011 … finished high school career with 4,635 career passing yards in regular season games, which ranks No. 12 all-time on the South Hampton Roads career passing list … ranked by ESPN.com as a four-star player and the No. 21 quarterback in the class of 2013 … a three-star player by 247Sports, Scout.com and Rivals.com … ranked the No. 14 prospect in Virginia by the Roanoke Times … nickname is Turtle.



Donovan Dowling

WR 6-1 205 Richmond, Va. Varina HS



Played wide receiver and cornerback at Varina High School for head coach Stu Brown … rated a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com and 247Sports … a two-star recruit according to Rivals.com and Scout.com … helped lead the Blue Devils to an 8-3 record and a second-round appearance in the VHSL Division VII playoffs … caught 49 balls for 600 yards and nine touchdowns … intercepted six passes as a cornerback … five of his touchdowns were of 82 yards or more … scored touchdowns five different ways: rushing, receiving, interception return, punt return and after a blocked punt … Capital District Offensive Player of the Year … earned all-district first team honors at wide receiver, defensive back and utility and punter ... all-district honors at wide receiver and defensive back were unanimous selections … also plays basketball, soccer and track & field … participates in the long jump, 4x100m relay, 4x100m relay and 200 meters … has an affinity for art … regularly attends art museums … played high school football with current UVa cornerbacks, Maurice Canady and Tim Harris, and defensive tackle Tyrell Chavis.



Jordan Ellis

RB 5-11 210 Suwanee, Ga. Peachtree Ridge HS Jeff Farrar



Played running back at Peachtree Ridge High School for head coach Mark Fleetwood … rated a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports … helped lead Peachtree Ridge to an 8-4 record in 2013 and an appearance in the “Sweet 16” of the GHSA Playoffs … finished senior season 1,677 rushing yards and a county-best 30 touchdowns … also tallied over 200 receiving yards and one touchdown in the air … named the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Gwinnett County Offensive Player of the Year … named to the first-team AJC all-state team … the Touchdown Club of Gwinnett County ‘s running back of the year … first-team Gwinnett County region 7-6A … honor student … son of Tony and Joeann Ellis.



Jeff Farrar

6-1 195 Upland, Calif. Upland HS



Played wide receiver and cornerback at Upland High School for head coach Tim Salter … first scholarship recruit to come to Virginia from the state of California since linebacker Darren Childs (Mission Bay, Calif.) enrolled in 2005 … ESPN 300 recruit ... rated a four-star recruit according to ESPN.com … rated a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com … named a first-team All-Baseline League defensive back after leading the Highlander secondary with 35 tackles and five interceptions for 105 return yards … helped the offense as a receiver with 25 receptions for 201 receiving yards … first-team defensive back from the San Bernardino County Sun … helped Upland win the 2013 Baseline League and helped the Highlanders to an appearance in the CIFSS Inland Division semifinals … was a member of the West team in the 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl played at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. … enjoys fishing for sharks off the coast of California … grew up playing basketball and soccer … enjoys the beach and body boarding.



Jake Fieler

OL 6-5 300 Parkersburg, W.Va. Parkersburg South/Fork Union Military Academy



Enrolled in January and will participate in spring practice ... offensive and defensive lineman at Fork Union Military Academy's postgraduate team under head coach John Shuman ... played in all eight games as Fork Union went 5-3 ... saw time at LT, LG, RG and RT during the 2013 season ... can play all five offensive line positions ... a 2013 graduate of Parkersburg South High School in Parkersburg West Virginia under head coach Jon Bolen ... was an All-TRAC honoree as a senior ... played in the 2013 OVAC All-Star football game after a stellar career at Parkersburg South ... as a junior helped Parkersburg to the WVSSAC "Final Eight" appearance ... played center as a sophomore ... also played basketball and participated in track and field ... son of Karl and Jenny Fieler ... father Karl played football and rugby in college at Ohio ... mother Jenny (Dula) played volleyball in college at Ohio ... has one brother, Chase ... brother Chase is a senior on the Florida Gulf Coast men's basketball team ... brother Chase started all 37 games during Florida Gulf Coast's ride to the Sweet 16 during the 2013 NCAA Tournament ... has one sister, Ryan ... sister Ryan played volleyball for two seasons at Glenville State.



Jordan "JJ" Jackson

DL 6-4 220 Purcellville, Va. Woodgrove HS



Played defensive end at Woodgrove High School for head coach Mike Skinner … only played two seasons of high school football after converting from a power forward on the basketball team … a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports … in 2013 helped the Wolverines to a 9-4 record, a Dulles District championship and a third round appearance in the VHSL 4A state championship … was a first-team all-state honoree with 86 tackles and 17 sacks as a senior … posted 30 career sacks in his two years of high school football as a defensive end and a hybrid outside linebacker … also named all-region and second-team Washington Post All-Met … has lived in four states (Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia).



Cory Jones

LB 6-5 220 Washington, D.C. Archbishop Carroll HS



Played defensive end and tight end at Archbishop Carroll High School for head coach Rick Houchens … a three-star recruit by ESPN.com and 247Sports … a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com … senior season was his first year playing high school football and he finished his lone campaign with 150 tackles, 103 of which were solo … collected 26 sacks, including 12 after his first three games … recorded four sacks in his first career high school game … also caught 17 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns on the season as a tight end … helped the Lions to the DCSAA Class A title …  first-team All-WCAC honoree.



Jamil Kamara

WR 6-2 210 Virginia Beach, Va. Bishop Sullivan Catholic HS



Played wide receiver at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School for head coach Carl Turner ... ESPN 300 recruit ... Rivals.com's No. 17 wide receiver recruit ... Rivals.com and 247Sports' No. 6 overall recruit in the Commonwealth of Virginia ... rated a four-star recruit according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... helped lead Bishop Sullivan Catholic to a 12-0 record and a VISAA Division II state championship ... it was Sullivan Catholic's first state championship in school history ... named first-team Virginian-Pilot All-Tidewater and private school all-state after grabbing 69 receptions for 1,399 yards and 23 touchdowns ... was the VISAA Tidewater stat leader in receiving yards with 1,399 and ranked No. 3 in points 138 ... played in the U.S. Army All-American game and the Chesapeake Bowl ... spent first two years of high school at Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach where he was honorable mention All-Beach District as a freshman and second-team as a sophomore.



Darious Latimore

CB 6-0 175 Lawrenceville, Ga. Central Gwinnett HS



Played cornerback, linebacker and defensive end at Central Gwinnett High School for head coach Todd Wofford ... played defensive end as freshman, linebacker as a sophomore and made the move to cornerback for junior and senior seasons ... a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... made 39 tackles and intercepted two passes for the Black Knights as a senior ... recorded 14 tackles as a junior and made 21 stops as a sophomore ... son of LaDonna Latimore.



Steven Moss

OL 6-5 275 Fredericksburg, Va. Chancellor HS



Played offensive line and defensive line at Chancellor High School for head coach Bob Oliver … ESPN 300 recruit ... rated a four-star recruit according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com … rated the No. 8 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com … rated the No. 12 offensive guard in the nation by 247Sports.com … ranked the No. 7 recruit in the Commonwealth of Virginia by VirginiaPreps … played both offensive guard and offensive tackle during his career with the Chargers … made 38 tackles and 2.5 sacks while playing defensive line as a senior … recovered one fumble on defense … member of the 2014 U.S. Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football to play Team Canada in the International Bowl on Feb. 7 at Maverick Stadium at the University of Texas at Arlington … two-time VHSL first-team all-state honoree … member of the USA Today’s American Family Insurance All-USA Virginia team … helped Chancellor to an 8-4 record and district championship in 2012 … was a member of the East team and started the 2014 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl played at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. … enjoys bowling … participates in a bowling league every Wednesday night in hometown of Fredericksburg.

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Chris Peace

LB 6-3 225 Newport News, Va. Denbigh HS



Played linebacker, defensive end and tight end at Denbigh High School for head coach Marcellus Harris … moved to defensive line in 2013 after transferring to Denbigh from Warwick High School where he was a wide receiver and safety … a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com … helped Denbigh go 8-4 and make its first ever playoff appearance in school history, advancing to the second round … as a senior accumulated 20 sacks in first season on the defensive line … registered four sacks and returned a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown in his first game at Denbigh … spent first two years of high school at Indian River High School.