Class of 2002 in Review: 3-Stars

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Player Performance Ratings
EE – Exceeded Expectations – This rating is assigned to players that exceeded projected expectations

ME – Met Expectations – This rating is assigned to players that performed at or near the projected expectations

UM – Unmet Expectations – This rating is assigned to players that fell short of projected expectations.

TBD – To be determined – This rating is assigned to players where the final determination can’t be fully made until the conclusion of the 2006 season.

In what has been called the greatest recruiting class in Virginia history, the Class of 2002 signed 26 players that included the USA Today National Player of the Year, four Parade All-Americans and 10 SuperPrep All-Americans. It included players from nine different states along with seven all-state selections from Virginia.

Over the next three days, the Sabre.com will take an in-depth look back at the 2002 class and rate each player as to whether or not they exceeded, met, or did not meet expectations. Today, we take a look at the 3-star recruits. On Wednesday, we’ll revisit the 2 stars and recruited walk-ons, and on Thursday, we’ll examine how those 4- and 5-star Parade and Prep All-Americans fared. Also on Thursday, the Sabre.com breaks down the final disposition of the entire class, the contributors and the non-contributors, who started and how often, those that left early for unknown reasons, the NFL, or because of serious injury.

Please note that player performance rankings are based on the expectations when the player arrived in Charlottesville and the body of work that is available. Just because a player left early for the NFL Draft or transferred does not necessarily mean that they did not meet or exceed expectations. Our individual player recaps focus on high school honors and rankings, an overview of a player’s Virginia career consisting of career starts, games played, and the final results of the player’s career, plus a concluding summary.

Today, the 3-stars.

Individual Player Recaps

D.J. Bell, OL/DL – Camden, Del (Caesar Rodney). Rating: UM
Career Starts:

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