Virginia early enrollee Andrew Brown, a 5-star defensive tackle who was the top-rated interior lineman and No. 11 overall player on the 247Sports composite, has sustained a turf toe injury and will be sidelined for the rest of spring camp.
Cavs Journal tweeted the report from head coach Mike London:
Mike London said freshman DT Andrew Brown suffered a turf toe injury and will not participate in the rest of spring practice. #UVa— Cavs Journal (@CavsJournal) April 2, 2014
Brown and fellow 5-star defender Quin Blanding, the top-ranked safety in the class, both played high school football in Virginia—Brown at Oscar Smith, Blanding at Bayside—and made the atypical decision to stay in-state with the Cavs and not the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Blanding was the No. 6 overall player in the class, but did not enroll early. He will instead join the team in the summer.
Although the top-ranked player from Virginia, 5-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge), committed to Alabama over the Cavs and the Hokies, the 2013 class was a seminal one for London and his staff in terms of recruiting kids from in-state.
Among the other notable Virginia commits are 4-star athlete Jamil Kamara (Bishop Sullivan), 4-star offensive guard Steven Moss (Chancellor) and top-rated prep school quarterback Corwin Cutler (Ocean Lakes).
Brown is expected to step into the lineup and give UVA a formidable presence at defensive tackle as soon as next season—if not by the end of fall camp, then not long after. Turf toe injuries are pesky, but it shouldn't affect Brown's status at the end of the summer.
He is still the most physically impressive front-four player on the roster and, barring continued poor health, he will not be kept off the field for long.