another big 757 recruiting loss toUVA

By Jami Frankenberry
The Virginian-Pilot
© February 27, 2013
Bayside's Quin Blanding, regarded as one of the nation’s top recruits in the Class of 2014, announced today he is headed to the University of Virginia.

Blanding joins a growing list of top South Hampton Roads football players – including a host of former Bayside teammates – who have picked the Cavaliers and coach Mike London.

Blanding is a rated a five-star recruit by, and the recruiting service ranks him as the No. 4 overall prospect in the Class of 2014.

Each of the past three players rated South Hampton Roads’ No. 1 player in his respective class has signed with Virginia: running back Taquan Mizzell (Class of 2013), Ocean Lakes lineman Eli Harold (2012) and Bayside defensive back Demetrious Nicholson.

Two other former Bayside players - wide receiver Anthony Cooper and linebacker Henry Coley – also are at Virginia. Cooper is a rising sophomore and Coley is a rising junior.

Blanding, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, finished his junior season with 55 receptions for 1,035 yards and six touchdowns. At defensive back, he intercepted five passes and had 111 tackles. Blanding was a first-team All-Beach District pick at wide receiver and the Beach District Defensive Player of the Year.

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Not a surprise. Was hoping he wouldn't end up with them but oh well.

Bud Foster is pissed because

Bud Foster is angry because this kid wont be on the offensive side for the Hoos...


another bayside kid

who has never visited his number 2 school.

have fun going 5-7 every year big guy!

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

He and Turtle Cutler better get used to it. They shouldn't have signed/committed during the #DecadeOfDominance

I hope this kid#

Has a lot of fun going0-4. Against vt. I just don't understand how all these kids are buying into UVA? They are maybe the worst or second worst team in the ACC. Having a Black head coach goes really far with these kids parents.

Pour some Beer on it


More like overt...

Since we're being racist...

UVA only has a black head coach because the guy is a descendent of Thomas Jefferson. Also, did you know he was a cop??!?


I didn't realize people around here were so easily offended.

Really guys?

I thought UVA had a monopoly on politically correct people without a sense of humor. What gives?


The joke wasn't particularly tasteful (at all, really), but it was a joke. I see hundreds of worse jokes on the internet almost daily.

And I think people are starting to misuse the "-1" button, when Joe implemented it he did say that it wasn't to be used just because you disagreed with someone. To quote the "Site Updates" forum post:

"... if someone flames or wages a personal attack, then down vote. Do not down vote for disagreeing with someone's opinion. In general, vote up way more often than you vote down. Of the almost 20,000 comments on the site, I've read them all, there might be 10 I'd personally down vote, and those weren't from regular, active users."

Sorry for getting off-topic...

I think voting down something percieved as racist or inappropriate falls well within the guidelines, but that's just me.

It was a catch


Perceived. Meaning your opinion. In reality, my comment wasn't meant to be racist, I was trying to satirize UVA's elitist mindset and the fact that Thomas Jefferson was known to take certain liberties with his slaves.

I think that was the problem right there

Apparently, when you tied Mike London to Thomas Jefferson's slaves, that was a bit racist.

I'll be honest, when I first read it I didn't see it that way, I thought you were just saying the only reason UVA would ever hire a black guy to coach was if he had connections, and no connection would be better than to be descended from the <sarcasm>almighty founder of the University</sarcasm>. Relatively mild race joke at its finest, and also accusing the enemy of being racist.

Then the second time I read it I really got it.

I just thought it was funny because everyone seems to make a big deal out of the fact that he's black and was a cop. To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if the fact that he's descended from Jefferson started being circulated to up his legitimacy/further convince certain individuals at LOLUVA that their school/program is in every way better than VT.

Thank god

Someone got what I was going for. Success!

honestly, the downvote got misused the day it was implemented, just saying

and yea, pretty much what dude above me said as for the racist joke

you're right macraw you do see way worse stuff all over the interwebs, but do we want to see it on tkp?

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

You do have a point there

But, at least one positive came from this, we learned that there are more people who hate race jokes on TKP than the number of fans at UVA's spring game.

thumbs up

I love that no matter the situation, "the number of fans at UVA's spring game" joke can be used.

Anything is possible

when you're comparing it to UVA's success at their spring game.


There is a reason why HT's have such a bad name around campus. remember you wear the uniform no matter what time of day it is or where you are.

Not exactly

The HTs have a bad name because on the whole they're socially awkward and have much too high an opinion of themselves, especially when compared to the MVs, who are far superior in pretty much every aspect. There are a small minority of us that are just cynical assholes who have a knack for offending the overly sensitive because political correctness is an outrageous concept.


I think a lot of my opinion on HTs comes from my cadre, my interactions(especially living in monteith my senior year) and being in Kilo where a lot of the "cynical assholes" defected to because they got tired of the rest of the HTs.
I'm just saying as an alumni of the university and the corps, leave it in the dorms and not on the message boards.

Nailed it

A lot of my negative opinion comes from sticking around. A few of us want to try and turn the band around next year, so we've stayed through all the bullshit. As far as this thread goes, we'll just have to disagree on where it's appropriate to make jokes.

IME, "assholes" pretty much covers it

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Thanks Frank!

you really need to chill with the political correct thing. There's a difference in not being political correct and crossing the line. "Having a Black head coach goes really far with these kids parents" isn't politically correct but it's still tasteful and was appropriate for the context of the convo. "Since we're being racist, UVA only has a black head coach because the guy is a descendant of Thomas Jefferson" is neither politically correct or tasteful and just crosses the line. If you start out a comment by saying "since we're being racist" don't expect mature, educated people to appreciate it.

And for somebody calling everybody else sensitive, I think three comments because of downvotes qualifies as you being overly sensitive. Just be smarter next time or deal with the downvotes. No hard feelings, just expressing myself.

I get it

I only commented 3 times for the hell of it and I found the sheer number of downvotes entertaining. Downvotes don't matter all that much to me. Some of us just get really bored between classes.

I'm black and I don't have a problem with the comment. It's true after all. My only issue is that black or not, he sucks. I would want my kid to go to a good coach, whether that coach is black or white.

Voice of reason.

I support Logan Thomas and make no apologies for it.


Which is why the comment is inappropriate. "UVA's getting all those recruits because London is black" diminishes all the other work that London puts into recruiting that area. He has to go in and convince those parents that he is a good coach, that the program is heading in the right direction.

Frank Beamer never got a recruit simply because he was white, and Mike London never got a recruit simply because he was black.

my two cents

Nobody said he got the recruits simply because he's black. I took the comment as saying him being black helps his cause and I think we can all agree that it doesn't hurt.

It's unfair to say that IS the reason (which the comment doesn't say) but when a black head coach sits in their living room and says "I understand the struggle and I want your kid to come to uva to make something out of his life and I will help him do that," it resonates more because there is a level of empathy that they probably can't get from a white coach. I'm not saying a black head coach would be the main reason I would want my future kid to go to a particular school, but it would be a plus for said head coach. However, if it was me and my future child, I would tell London to get the hell out of my house because he sucks as a coach.

But don't take my opinion as definitive truth as I can't speak for all of black America. Just offering perspective as a black key player.

Lastly, I think the 'London being a descendant of Jefferson' comment was much more racist. That's speaking directly about slavery, not cool.

Look for Nnadi to take the plunge also.

That's when bad news gets worse. Nnadi would fit extremely well in Foster's scheme.

We need to land the big fish.

Does that mean?

We're hand fishing? I crack myself up...

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Uva: turning promising recruits into busts since algroh

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where bayside students go to be forgotten

super duper senior status

cornell is our primary recruiter in the 757 right? i assume its going to take time to repair these anti vt feelings that some of these coaches have in that area, but with the amount of talent they are churning out we really need to get on this now

"were not gonna back down from anybody" - shane beamer


I believe that Stiney is on that side of the water with some help from Cornell it seems (who by the way had some interesting tweets today about recruiting)

UVA: Jefferson's biggest mistake


thanks for the assist, sounds like hes really getting into recruiting thats a very positive sign lets let these young energetic coaches loose!

"were not gonna back down from anybody" - shane beamer

How did this happen though? We used to have very good ties with the coaches down there with the exception of Mike Smith for a long time and Richard Morgan for a few years. What happened that we are having a hard time in the 757?


Losing Blanding is definitely a loss but if you look at how his recruiting went we (or anyone else) were never a candidate. The guy had a ton of big name offers but never took visits and committed very early in the process. It's evident he was a UVA lean all the way, and when I say lean, I mean like 75-80 degree lean. Not a 15-20 degree lean lol. Hopefully we can land Hand and a couple other big name guys to combat.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

just a guess

but it seems chip west is doing something right to be on the inside track, and to land these recruits. he must be kissing the right tail downthere in the 757. looks like his other 2 targets in that area are Derrick Nnadi and Jamil Kamara; 2 really good athletes.

super duper senior status

Alabama or Auburn?

Most of these comments seem like they are coming from an $EC blog. They trash recruits because they pick a different school or they are bashing the other school or making some other excuse.

I think VT fans are better than that.


Yeah. It's a loss...but...

...I can't figure why these kids choose UVA right now. 2 yrs ago, maybe. Why would a high school senior committ to UVA when their coach won't be there when we signs his LOI. London is going to get fired this year (don't believe me, look at their schedule). How to see this as an up and coming school.

We put the K in Kwality

Not sure if this is related to the Thoroughbreds, but I thought I would share this tweet with y'all.

I really am impressed with a high school coach complimenting Shane Beamer, I think we all knew he was an ace recruiter, but I think that tweet validates what we knew. I hope that more coaches feel that way instead of the selected few who seem to hold a lot of sway over the young men.

I support Logan Thomas and make no apologies for it.


I must say this post was a relief after all the anti-VT stuff floating around on Twitter. + 1 for you and +1 for our reputation in the 757.

I hope the 'breds don't get word of this and try to sabotage us. I feel like they're so vengeful at this point that they'll stoop to anything. But either way, I like the connection we've made. Maybe Frank should do more personal visits to keep our rep up.

Just to clarify, Frank visited the school, not Shane

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Thanks. I forgot that Frank Beamer can recruit too.

I support Logan Thomas and make no apologies for it.

There must be a mistake here. Stiney recruits the 757, and he's such an incredible recruiter he absolutely had to stay on the staff. There's no way he would lose a top national recruit to a school that hasn't had a winning record since this kid started high school.

VT has missed plenty of in-state recruits over the years to the hoos and others. I wouldn't lose sleep over this. At the end of the day, we have the coaching (i.e. experience and stability) and talent development that is the envy of all but a select few programs.

Advantage: Hokies over hoos

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