2006 Class: Needs and Targets

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In recruiting, you always want to get as many outstanding players as possible, regardless of position. But each year there are certain areas of need. For Virginia, the biggest needs for the 2006 recruiting class appear to be inside linebacker, nose tackle, offensive line and possibly kicker.

In this article, we’ll take a close look at UVa’s roster and the prospects the ‘Hoos are pursuing. John will discuss what is needed at each position, while Chris breaks down the top targets and Virginia’s chances of getting them.

(* – Projected 2005 starter)

Quarterback

2005 Roster

Seniors: Marques Hagans*

Juniors: Christian Olsen

Sophomores: Kevin McCabe , John Phillips

Redshirt Freshmen: Scott Deke

True Freshmen: Vic Hall, Jameel Sewell

2006 Needs: Even though Hagans is a senior, this isn’t a big area of need. McCabe, once a blue-chip recruit, has three seasons of eligibility remaining. The Cavaliers also brought in two promising prospects in the 2005 class in Hall and Sewell. One of those three probably will emerge as UVa’s quarterback of the future, but who knows? Perhaps none of them will pan out; you never know with QBs. Hall also may be moved to another position, so expect Coach Groh to stick to his plan of bringing in at least one quality quarterback in every class.

2006 Targets: Pat Devlin , 6-4, 205, Downingtown East (Exton, PA); Mitch Mustain , 6-3, 200, Springdale (AR); Jeremy Ricker , 6-3, 205, Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, PA); O.C. Wardlow , 5-11, 180, Mount Tabor (Winston-Salem, NC)

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