During the final stages of the 2001 recruiting cycle, a 5-star defensive lineman committed to a program who had fallen on hard times. The school had hired a coach who was not the first, second nor third choice on its list and was struggling in recruiting.
However, the talented defensive line recruit saw something in the new coach and committed to his vision over a myriad of offers. His willingness to trust the coach opened the floodgates and the program went on a legendary run in both recruiting and championships in the 2000s.
Shaun Cody was Pete Carroll's breakthrough recruit and the 2014 class has several committed recruits who fit the same mold. A pair of stud players have validated Butch Jones' recruiting pitch, while Charlie Weis has his biggest commit to date.
In Charlottesville, the Wahoos await a safety recruit who has given them more credibility on the trail.