2005 Recruiting War Room #5: Top Targets

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Exactly how many spots remain in UVa’s 2005 recruiting class is anyone’s guess. One thing is for certain: If everything stays as it is right now, there aren’t many.

Of the 20 players who have committed thus far, Virginia has helped to fill needs at wide receiver, linebacker and offensive line. The Cavaliers have landed some of the country’s most highly-rated prospects in Eugene Monroe , Mike Brown and Lamont Robinson . They have landed some of the top targets in the state of Virginia in Darryl Gresham , Antonio Appleby and Vic Hall.

Virginia will no doubt try and fill the remaining scholarship spots with some of the highest players on its recruiting board. Here is a look at some of those top targets:

No. 1: Derrick Williams

Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, MD) star Derrick Williams is ranked as the top overall recruit in the country by TheInsiders.com and Rivals.com. He is being recruited by UVa as a wide receiver, a position that was no doubt one of the key areas of need for this recruiting class. Williams is a phenomenal prospect who has all the makings of a big-time college receiver despite playing quarterback in high school.

“He plays quarterback because, in high school, if you have a player with his capabilities, you have to give him the ball,” Eleanor Roosevelt coach Rick Houchens said. “He’s a game-breaker. It’s all about getting his hands on the ball. I think that ultimately in the NFL, he’ll be a wide receiver. He’s the kind of player who can take a quick pass and take it the distance.”

UVa has made the initial cut down to 14 schools. The list includes some of the nation’s top programs, including Miami, Oklahoma, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and Texas. Both Virginia and Virginia Tech made the cut. From all accounts, the Williams family really likes the Cavaliers, but it’s still way too early to tell just how high Virginia is on the list. With the competition involved, landing Williams will be a tough task.

Derrick should be making his next

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