Top Targets Comment on Spring Game

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In addition to 2005 signees Brandon Albert, Mike Brown, Olu Hall and Mikell Simpson , some of UVa’s top 2006 targets were in attendance for Saturday’s spring game and the overall consensus was that the experience was a positive one. caught up with Moore Catholic (Staten Island, N.Y.) wide receiver Vidal Hazelton , Glassboro (N.J.) outside linebacker/tight end recruit George Johnson (a current UVa commit), Thomas Stone (Waldorf, MD) inside linebacker recruit Nekos Brown for their thoughts on the event.

George Johnson

Several sources who saw George Johnson in attendance pointed out that he was every bit of 6-4, 235-pounds. And from those who have seen him play, he moves very well and appears to be a great pick-up for the ‘Hoos.

UVa’s 1st commitment for the 2005 recruiting class made a weekend out of his spring game trip.

“We came down on Friday night,” Johnson said. “When we got there I had called Coach Mike [Groh]. Then I went to meet some of the players and I just stayed in the dorms with a couple of their players. I talked to them and asked them how they were and how the game play was going. I hung out with Wali Lundy and a couple of the guys who [have signed] for next year.

“[The next day] we came up to the game. When we got there we talked to some high school seniors who had already signed with Virginia and some players Virginia was recruiting. Coach Groh asked me to tell [the high school juniors] why I committed.”

What did he say?

“I just told them that when I came here I fell in love with the place automatically because of the environment everybody gave me and how beautiful the campus was,” Johnson said. “He asked me what the main reason was football-wise and I said because they play the same defense my high school team plays, so why change the defense I play in. And [Coach Groh] has good experience with NFL coaches.”

Johnson is being recruited to play either outside linebacker or tight end. Though he says the coaches have told him “it’s