Top Recruits Talk Junior Day Experience

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Hermitage (Richmond, VA) linebacker Clifton Richardson are two of the top juniors in the state of Virginia, and both were in Charlottesville last Saturday for UVa’s football recruiting junior day. The two prospects seemed impressed by Mike London, who is no doubt looking to make a splash in what will be his first full recruiting class as Cavaliers head coach.

Grant open to Virginia

Of Virginia, the 6-3, 220-pound standout says his “whole perception changed when coach London got there,” as the previous staff did not express heavy interest. Last Saturday’s experience only enhanced Grant’s feeling on London, who has the Panthers star believing the Cavaliers program is headed in the right direction.

“Coach London talked a lot about character,” said Grant, who made the trek by himself. “Coach London’s focus is to make you a man. Football will be there, but you have to have good character and get it done in the classroom.”

Grant later added, “I think he’s going to change the program a lot. He did a good job with Richmond. I think he coached at UVa before, so he knows what’s going on. They put it in his hands. Character plays a big part in football. I’m not sure people know that, but it does.”

Coaches at other schools discuss character, but Grant feels as though London went a step further than most.

“I didn’t hear others talk as much about character as he does,” Grant said. “Sometimes I think coaches don’t focus as much on it, but coach London really pays attention to it. He had it like five times on the screen when he talked to us.”

A first-team all-state selection in 2009, Grant, who has starred for Hermitage since the end of his freshman season, boasts 10 official scholarship offers including Boston College, Duke, East Carolina, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Despite rooting for Virginia Tech in his earlier years, Grant claims no favorites at this point and does not intend on committing until his senior year.

The junior linebacker prospect has visited Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He plans on attending Duke’s junior day in two weeks and hopes to go to UNC and Maryland next month. He won’t be able to make Virginia Tech’s