February 4, 2013

Meet the Recruit: Corwin Cutler

Turtle is very similar to Donta Wilkins in that he is a guy who gained considerable acclaim and "momentum" as a prospect during his senior season, after many of the recruiting services had already cast their rankings into a plaster mold.  Cutler is a 3-star quarterback (according to both 247 and Rivals) who really played like a 4.5-star recruit this fall in leading Ocean Lakes to a 14-1 record, including wins over powerhouse programs at Bayside, [Virginia Tech recruit] Bucky Hodges' Salem High, and Oscar Smith.  In fact, Turtle didn't even quarterback the lone loss, after shredding his knee late in the season.  That rehab muddies the waters a bit, but he was destined for a redshirt season anyway, so a return to full form won't be rushed.  On the field, Turtle is a lean, high-slung (6-4, 180) passer who has a very strong, accurate arm, a quick, compact release, and sees the field extremely well.  He's also a tremendous leader who did a lot of work in luring other recruits from the 757 to Virginia.  He needs to get his knee right and he needs to add some beef to his frame, but he's a kid I have no problem saying is my favorite of this recruiting class.

UVA Projection: He'll redshirt as a true freshman, then likely ride pine during his redshirt freshman season as Phillip Sims, Greyson Lambert, and/or David Watford hold down the position.  If Sims starts in 2013 and 2014, his graduation would open the door for Turtle to compete with Lambert, Watford, and also Matt Johns and Brendan Marshall for the 2015 starting gig.  I have no idea how all of this will shake out, but I will be shocked if Corwin Cutler isn't UVA's starting quarterback - and a damn good one - at some point in the future.  I'd wager on him against any other quarterback in our program right now -- his skills and leadership ability are that good.

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