Signing Day: Cavalier Class of 2005

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  • Click this link for audio of Coach Groh’s teleconference with reporters.

    Rashawn Jackson (left) and Mike Brown (right) signing their LOIs.

    Virginia’s 2005 recruiting class is one of versatility and diversity. The Cavaliers landed quality linemen as well as skill-position players. They added size and they added speed. A very good class for Coach Groh and company, who landed one 5-star, five 4-star, 13 3-star and three 2-star recruits. Overall, UVa is rated the #13 class in the country by Tom Lemming of ESPN.com, #15 by Scout.com and around #20 by Rivals.com.

    If the final few months seemed a little slow, it’s because 19 of UVa’s signees had committed by the end of July – including 2004 recruits Branden Albert and Olu Hall . Two more players joined the fray in September and October and last week UVa received its 22nd verbal commitment when RB Mikell Simpson chose the ‘Hoos over Alabama. Even though the Cavaliers lost previous commitments Darryl Gresham , Matt Lowry and Lamont Robinson and missed on several targets including Toney Baker , Brian Cushing and Victor Harris , the fact remains that this is a very highly-rated class with talent and depth.

    According to Groh, this class may rival that of 2002.

    “All of our classes have produced well for us,” Groh said. “I think this one has the potential to be the equal of [the 2002 class.] The overall profile of the class is very strong. At every spot, we had a model we were working toward, not just running out and gathering players. We had a very specific

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