2006 Recruiting War Room #3: The Home Stretch

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Jarrell Miller

It’s less than seven weeks until national Signing Day on February 1, 2006, and recruiting is starting to roll into high gear for the Virginia Cavaliers. UVa enjoyed a burst of momentum on the weekend of December 2nd, receiving verbal commitments from four prospects. The timing of those commitments couldn’t have been better, as it was around that time that Ron Prince, Al Golden and Danny Rocco were accepting or close to accepting head coaching positions. Since then, there has been bad and good news. Conestoga (Wayne, PA) linebacker Mark Herzlich recently de-committed from Virginia and committed to Boston College, but Indian River cornerback DeAndre Filer pledged to Coach Groh last Friday. Filer’s commitment gives Virginia a total of 21 commitments heading into the home stretch.

At this point, Virginia could probably take about six more commitments – maybe seven depending on how the situation with Cedric Jeffries plays out. A program can have a maximum of 25 players enter school in each class, but you can sign more if several end up going to prep school. Filer has said he will prep before going to Virginia and Orange County defensive tackle Asa Chapman is very likely to follow the same path. Both should fare well wherever they go to prep and could be ready to contribute immediately when they arrive at Virginia.

Reviewing this class so far, Virginia has done a good job of accumulating athleticism and speed. It has done well at the linebacker position, which is a key need in this year’s class. Several of the remaining spots will no doubt be saved for certain prospects, while the others will be first come, first serve. Highland Springs linebacker Jarrell Miller, the best defensive player in the state and the top remaining target in the opinion of TheSabre.com, almost surely has a spot held for him. Other than Miller, who will announce his