2005 Recruiting War Room #3: Offense

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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 offense for the 2005 class.


Counting 2004 signees Olu Hall and Branden Albert toward the 2005 class, UVa is left with about four scholarships remaining. Of course, the Cavaliers can take more players if some are designated for prep school. So far, Virginia has landed quality talent on this side of the ball. Two commitments – Eugene Monroe and Vic Hall – have earned Rivals.com Top 100 honors. The Cavaliers have gotten a lot of help for key areas such as offensive line, wide receiver, and tight end. Vic Hall is a big get for the quarterback spot as well.

With O-line and wide receiver needs close to filled, running back now appears to be the top focus on offense. The Cavaliers have yet to land a top back so far but are involved with several top-notch prospects including Toney Baker , Elan Lewis , Mikell Simpson , Shane Brooks and T.J. Pitts . In my opinion, one spot is first-come first-serve for the top tailback targets, whoever they may be. I would not be surprised if UVa takes another receiver as well and that is not counting Derrick Williams , who plans to enroll in January of 2005 wherever he decides to go (thus, he counts as a 2004 recruit). Other than holding one spot for a top tailback, I believe UVa would use the rest of the scholarships toward the best players available on its board regardless of position or side of the ball.

Offensively, UVa has offered and is in serious contention for the following players…

QBs: Cody Brodus , Jameel Sewell , Ike Whitaker

RBs: Toney Baker , Shane Brooks , Elan Lewis ,