In Focus: Signing Day 2006

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General Overview

In terms of overall ratings, Virginia’s 2006 class was certainly below Al Groh and company’s previous efforts. The class finished with a No. 39 team ranking by and a No. 52 ranking by But, while this class isn’t highly rated and UVa certainly missed out on some big-time recruits, Virginia did do well in terms of filling specific needs and giving the program an infusion of overall athleticism and speed.

UVa football recruit Gavin Smith sporting his orange cords and UVa tie.

Virginia concentrated heavily on the defensive side of the ball, particularly adding quality and depth to the linebacker, defensive line and defensive back positions. The position breakdown looks like this – 2 quarterbacks, 2 running backs, 1 wide receiver, 2 tight ends, 2 offensive linemen, 4 defensive linemen, 5 linebackers, 6 defensive backs.

“We had a target from a numbers standpoint down the middle of the defense,” UVa Head Coach Al Groh said during his press conference yesterday. “Defensive linemen, inside linebackers, and safeties [were key targets] and we came up with good numbers at all of those positions.

“It’s [a class] that will bring a good level of athletic ability into the program and probably, from an overall program standpoint, it will increase both the versatility and athletic ability on the team.”

The Hits…

The Hits are the areas where UVa did well, and the three positions that specifically stand out include linebacker, defensive line and safety.