Chris Gorham: DB Now, Doctor in the Making

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  • Cornerback
  • 6-0, 175 pounds
  • Pottstown High School (Pottstown, PA)
  • Runs the 40 in 4.45 seconds
  • Senior Line: 500 yards rushing, 600 yards receiving (missed much of senior year after shoulder injury)
  • Three-star prospect by Rivals.com and two-star by Insiders.com
  • Committed to UVa on October 27, 2003
  • Primary Recruiter: Bob Price

Virginia’s coaching staff set out to recruit defensive backs this season and hauled in a deep and talented bunch.
Coach Groh and Co. signed six players that could see time in the defensive backfield. One of their first commitments
came from Chris Gorham , a cornerback out of Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Almost all of these players have the ability to
play either the safety or corner spot, and Gorham is no different. In fact, he might be the most interchangeable of the
six.

Gorham played corner for his first three years of high school, but moved to safety during his senior season. Since
UVA recruited him as a cornerback, he’ll be making another position change when he gets to Charlottesville. For the
time being, he’s content to play wherever the coaches need him.

"Whatever helps the team out the best is fine with me," Gorham said in a January interview.

In some respects, Gorham’s history mirrors that of rising senior Jermaine Hardy, who has played both cornerback and
safety for the Cavaliers. Hardy played safety in high school but was moved to corner as a freshman under Al Groh. With
three seniors graduating in 2003, Hardy was forced to move back to safety, where he led the team in tackles for much of
the season. Hardy often said that he felt more comfortable at the safety spot, and it will be interesting to see if
Gorham can regain the comfort of playing in his old position.

Of the two positions, Gorham said he enjoyed playing cornerback more. He noted, however, that there was not too much
of a difference between the two at the high school level.

"I would have to say cornerback would be my favorite but I enjoyed safety because you’re around the action
more," he said.

Pottstown

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