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HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: Moss for U.Va. if London stays
Chancellor senior offensive lineman Steven Moss is well aware of the turmoil the University of Virginia football program has been in this season.
Moss orally committed to the Cavaliers in March.
But this season Virginia is 2–5 and riding a four-game losing streak. Many fans are calling for the dismissal of head coach Mike London.
Moss said as long as London remains the coach in 2014 he’ll honor his commitment and sign a national letter of intent with the Cavaliers in February.
“That is a big concern,” Moss said of the potential that London could be fired. “I do love Coach London. I just connected with him since day one, so I would have to think about it.”
Virginia Athletic Director Craig Littlepage said last week London will keep his job next season. However, if the Cavaliers lose out the rest of the way, pressure to make a change could increase.
Moss said he was “hyped” when he to saw Littlepage’s comments on London. He and fellow highly regarded Virginia commits Quin Blanding and Andrew Brown discussed the vote of confidence.
“We all saw the same thing about Coach London staying there,” Moss said. “So we’re all solid.”
Moss is rated a four-star prospect by recruiting service Rivals.com. He holds more than 20 Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offers.
He said since Virginia has struggled this season, three schools—Arkansas, Miami and South Carolina—have ratcheted up their pursuit of him.
“They pretty much just said, ‘Look at the season [Virginia’s] having,’” Moss said of the Razorbacks, Hurricanes and Gamecocks. “They weren’t trying to cut on them or anything.”
Moss said Cavaliers offensive coordinator Steve Fair-child keeps in contact with him on a regular basis to ensure his commitment is solid. Moss plans to visit Virginia again when it hosts Virginia Tech in the regular season finale on Nov. 30.
ROCKETS PURSUE HORTON
North Stafford senior defensive end Jae’Wuan Horton received a scholarship offer from Toledo last week, Wolverines head coach Joe Mangano said.
Horton orally committed to Central Connecticut State in August.
Mangano said there is a possibility Horton will rescind his commitment. He plans to take an official visit to Toledo after North Stafford’s season ends.
The Rockets are the first FBS program to extend an offer to Horton. They’ve competed in a bowl game three straight seasons. Central Connecticut State is an FCS school.
“Obviously Toledo is a real nice offer,” Mangano said. “It’s not that the other schools aren’t, but they’re playing in the [Mid-American Conference], they’re on ESPN and playing in bowl games. It’s definitely going to make him pause and examine it.”
Mangano said FBS Nevada and FCS New Hampshire are also showing interest in Horton.
LION HAD SURGERY
Louisa senior running back Markel Groomes recently underwent surgery to repair a broken fibula, Lions head coach Jon Meeks said.
Groomes, who rushed for 476 yards and three touchdowns before he was injured Oct. 4 against Powhatan, will miss the rest of the season.
He sat out of the Lions’ 23–6 loss to Fluvanna last week. Meeks said while he offers “no excuse” for the defeat, the loss of Groomes was a major setback. He also started at outside linebacker and was the Lions’ leading tackler.
Groomes suffered a torn ACL as a sophomore. Meeks said he doesn’t believe the injury history will “kill his college chances.”
“Coaches are going to want to see more film,” Meeks said. “But the film he does have is pretty good.”
MIHOTA OUT AGAIN
Massaponax senior defensive lineman Vinny Mihota said he’ll miss the Panthers’ showdown against North Stafford (7–1) on Friday.
It’s the final home game of Mihota’s career. The Panthers (8–0) visit Brooke Point Nov. 8 in their regular season finale.
Mihota, a Virginia Tech commit, suffered a broken bone in his left foot Sept. 6 in a win over Albemarle. He was slated to sit out two to four weeks but hasn’t played any of the six games since.
He said he’ll be ready for the 5A North playoffs, which begin Nov. 15.
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