Halfway Home on the Recruiting Trail

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September 1st is the first day college coaches can begin calling recruits and official visits begin later that same week, so there is only one month until recruiting is back in full swing. For the next month, most uncommitted recruits across the country will be narrowing their lists and setting official visits.

Heading into the fall, Virginia has received 12 verbal commitments. Where do the ‘Hoos go from here? I expect Al Groh and company will try and sign the maximum amount of players in the 2006 class. That number is 25, but schools can sign more players if certain recruits do not qualify and are forced to go to prep school. Wide receiver and linebacker remain key needs, but let’s take a look at all of the positions and what the ‘Hoos may do with the remaining slots.

QB: The Cavaliers didn’t land their top target in Downingtown East (PA) star Pat Devlin (verbal to Miami), but they did land another good Pennsylvania prospect in Marc Verica and continue to add at least one quarterback prospect in each recruiting class. The coaches got an up-close look at the 6-3, 195-pound QB in camp this year and, shortly after missing out on Devlin, Groh immediately offered Verica a spot and he took it.

Unless Mount Tabor (Winston-Salem, N.C.) dual-threat QB O.C. Wardlow or Springdale (AR) star Mitch Mustain want to commit, look for Verica to be the only quarterback signed.

RB: Assuming he doesn’t end up as a cornerback, 5-9, 180-pound West Deptford (N.J.) star Kordell Young is an excellent pickup as a running back. He will be a four-year starter at RB for West Deptford and is being recruited at that position. He’s extremely fast (4.3 in the 40), surprisingly strong (squats 550 pounds, benched 185 pounds 21 times) and very productive (averaged 11 yards per carry). Whether Young is an every-down back in college could be a question, but I wouldn’t count him out. He certainly has a special swagger about him.

With Young in the fold, Mikell Simpson and Rashawn Jackson as true freshmen, and Cedric Peerman as a redshirt freshman, running back does