By Jami Frankenberry
© 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 rivals.com, 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.