2005 Recruiting War Room #2: Defense

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Having trouble sorting through recruiting lists of dozens of players? Dial into our recruiting war room, and we’ll break things down for you. Here’s a look at Virginia’s commitments, needs and desires on defense for the 2005 class.

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Just as UVa is off to a great start on offense, the same can be said on defense where the Cavaliers have already landed lineman Kevin Crawford , outside linebackers Antonio Appleby and Denzel Burrell , inside linebacker Lamont Robinson and cornerback Chris Cook . Athletes Aaron Clark , Jason Fuller and Alex Field all have the potential to play defense as well.

Last year’s top priority was defensive back. UVa certainly filled the need there, signing cornerbacks Philip Brown and Chris Gorham , likely cornerback Ahmad Bradshaw , and safeties Nate Lyles , Bud Davis and Jamaal Jackson (though Davis and Jackson could get looks on offense). This year’s top priority is linebacker. UVa has to be excited with the two outside linebacker commitments, Appleby and Burrell. Burrell looks like a real sleeper with his excellent closing speed and quickness. Appleby surprised many by choosing UVa after Virginia Tech was considered the favorite. Opposing coaches rave about Appleby’s athleticism, and Appleby himself feels he is the perfect fit for outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense. Add these two to Olu Hall and Clint Sintim from last year and redshirt freshmen Jermaine Dias and Vince Redd , and the Cavaliers have excellent depth at outside linebacker. With the real possibility of Darryl Blackstock entering himself in the NFL Draft following this season, they may need it.

The top remaining defensive priority, and possibly the top overall

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