UVa picked up their third verbal commitment for the 2005 recruiting class, when Broad Run High School (Ashburn, VA) tight end/defensive end Alex Field committed to the Cavaliers. Field chose the Cavaliers as soon as he received an official scholarship offer.
“Yes Alex did commit to UVa,” Broad Run Head Coach Ken Belchik. “He was getting some interest from other schools, but he wanted to play for Virginia. He’s always been a big-time Virginia fan.”
As a junior, Field earned first-team all-district honors for both the tight end and defensive end positions. As a tight end, he is an excellent blocker and a good receiver as well. At defensive end, Field racked-up 11 sacks en route to earning district Defensive Player of the Year honors.
“Defensively, Alex was the Player of the Year in our district,” Belchik said. “He’s 6-6, 248 pounds, and he’s strong. He played defensive end for us, and nobody could stop him. Nobody could single block him. He’s a bright player and he’s intelligent.
“Offensively, he’s a great blocker. Our stat guys started counting pancakes last year, and Alex was incredible. Not only would he knock his guy to the ground, but he goes and looks for other guys to block.”
Coach Belchik noted that UVa was recruiting Field as an “athlete” because he has the potential to play several different positions. Field could play tight end, defensive end, or could even grow into an offensive lineman.
“I think Virginia likes him as an athlete because he could do well on either side of the ball,” Belchik said. “He’s smart on the field and could pick up any position. Alex definitely should fill out more, so offensive line could be a possibility.”
Field is an excellent student, as he will easily qualify academically. He had received interest from Maryland and Marshall among others as well. He joins Gretna (VA) quarterback Vic Hall and Southern (Durham, NC) wide receiver Maurice Covington as verbals for the 2005 class.
Defensive tackle Robbie Appel is another major part of the Broad Run defensive line. According to Coach Belchik, the 6-2, 275 pound prospect exhibits the same toughness and ability as Field.
“Robbie Appel is the same type of player as Alex,” Belchik...
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