More than anything, Virginia needed wide receivers, running backs, inside linebackers and offensive linemen in its 2005 recruiting class. Did the Cavaliers fill those needs, and how well-stocked are they in the future at every position?
We’ll take a close look at how UVa’s 22-member incoming class may help or hinder the program’s chances of succeeding in the future. John describes the projected needs, while Chris evaluates whether those needs were met.
(* – Projected 2005 starter)
Projected Needs: Coach Groh says Hagans will be his quarterback in 2005, but the line of succession is unclear. Olsen and McCabe were highly-rated recruits (Olsen went to Notre Dame before transferring to UVa) and saw little action last season. They are likely to compete for the starting job in 2006, but the Cavaliers need to groom Deke and at least one other quarterback for the future. Groh says getting one good QB prospect is a priority in every recruiting class.
Were Needs Met?: Absolutely. In this year’s class, UVa landed two quality prospects. Both are very talented but different QBs. Let’s start with all-time Virginia High School League career yardage leader Vic Hall. Hall is a dual-threat quarterback in the mold of Marques Hagans. An excellent runner, Hall also possesses a strong arm and shows good accuracy. He is a tough competitor who led Gretna to consecutive undefeated seasons and state championships in 2003 and ’04. Hall could potentially help at other positions, including wide receiver, before competing for the starting quarterback job – similar to what Marques Hagans has done.
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