February 7, 2013
Meet the Recruit: Max Valles
Max Valles originally committed to the Hoos with the class of 2012. Forced to attend Fork Union for a prep season, Valles has grown into a significant threat at tight end. At 6-foot-5, 208 pounds he has the frame to grow into a prototypical tight end, and will most likely be used in blocking situations. Valles is very athletic but also very raw at this position. TOB will be able to coach him up and possibly turn him into a starting tight end by his career's end. Valles is very unheralded coming out of FUMA, but has a chance to become a solid contributor, depending on how the tight end position is viewed in this offense moving forward.
UVA Projection: Valles is not going to be the next superstar tight end for this team. However he does have the chance to carve out a nice role as a blocking tight end that can also catch the ball on the goalline. Think of him as a potential secret weapon on a PA stretch play. Should definitely redshirt for the upcoming season.