Virginia lands another monster class

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Last season, Al Groh and the rest of the Virginia coaches took the state of Virginia, and the nation, by storm with a recruiting class ranked in the Top 5 nationally. Much of Virginia’s success came in the state of Virginia, with such blue chippers as Ahmad Brooks , Kai Parham, Marcus Hamilton, and Michael Johnson putting their signatures on a UVa letter of intent.

This year, the Cavaliers received signatures from many prominent out-of-state prospects that vaulted Virginia into a National Top 15 recruiting class. Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs, FL) center prospect Jordy Lipsey , Hebron (Lewisville, TX) offensive lineman Ian-Yates Cunningham , State College (State College, PA) tight end Jonathan Stupar , Hackensack (Hackensack, NJ) linebacker Jermaine Dias , Pine-Richland (Wexford, PA) quarterback Kevin McCabe , and Elizabethton (Elizabethton, TN) linebacker Vince Redd headline the list of out-of-state signees.

With this class, the Cavaliers were able to fill the needs of several key areas, including linebacker, offensive line, and wide receiver. Who else’s opinion on this recruiting class is better than Virginia Head Coach Al Groh’s? The following is his opening statement from Wednesday’s Recruiting Press Conference…

Coach Groh’s statement on the 2003 recruiting class

“We’re very pleased to have put together a second very strong class,” said Coach Groh. “We were able to fulfill areas we specifically targeted. It went very well. We’re pleased with it. It’s two in a row and now we’re already thinking about number three.

“Even though there’s a lot of talent out there each year, we try to target the needs of the team specifically. We try to recruit to build the team, not for ego’s sake. We target certain spots where we think we’re looking for a certain type of talent, and we try to target individuals within those spots as the players we really want to get.

“Every position that was represented on [the signee list] was a target – if it was a one-player target or five player targets at that position. No one was put on