- - Wednesday, February 1, 2012

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Virginia defensive coordinator Jim Reid had a piece of advice for the 25 players who sent faxes in Wednesday.

“Don’t let signing day be the biggest day of your college career,” he said. “Tomorrow, it’s back to work.”

For one day, though, U.Va. pulled out all the stops to celebrate another strong recruiting class. About 500 fans filed into John Paul Jones Arena for a pep rally, greeted at the door by a handful of players.

Demetrious Nicholson handed out programs, while Morgan Moses was a fan favorite for autographs and photos.

“I never want it to appear that we’re sitting up here and everybody else is down there,” coach Mike London said, inviting fans to mingle with the coaches and players after showing highlight videos of the recruits.

The assistant coaches also were able to share, for the first time, their thoughts on the players they recruited.

Reid is responsible for the Richmond area, and was pleased with the three players the Cavaliers were able to land, including two from Varina — Maurice Canady and Tyrell Chavis.

“A couple of coaches in the SEC told me they thought Tyrell was the best defensive lineman in the state,” Reid said. “Of course I’d agree with that, since we got him.”

Canady has yet to settle on a position for college, in part due to a recent growth spurt.

“If he had played his junior year like he did his senior year, he might be a four or five-star guy,” Reid said. “He grew two inches, and ran two 4.4 forties at our camp.”

Also committing from the area was Hermitage’s Andre Miles-Redmond.

“Not only is he highly intelligent, he’s a guy who can play hard and not lose his feet,” Reid said. “Not many guys want to be an offensive lineman. This guy wants to be an offensive lineman.”

Receivers coach and former Cavs star Shawn Moore was asked not about any of the players he brought in, but a recruitment he recused himself from — that of his son, defensive end Mike Moore.

Moore was recruited by Anthony Poindexter, and while Mike’s dad accompanied him on visits, he said he tried to act as though he had never been to Charlottesville.

“He really wanted to go to the school that is the best fit for him,” Shawn said. “Having dad here too, that’s a bonus.”

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