OL/DL Mihota Joins UVa’s 2007 Class

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UVa landed its 12th commitment of the 2007 recruiting class when Anthony Mihota , a 6-5, 270-pound offensive and defensive line prospect out of Massaponax High School in Fredericksburg (VA), committed to the ‘Hoos. Mihota received an offer from head coach Al Groh this morning.

“I just really wanted to go there,” Mihota said of UVa. “I told them I wanted to come when they first offered me, but they told me to talk it over with my parents. I had offers from Duke, Northwestern, and Marshall, but I really wanted to go to Virginia.”

Mihota plays along the offensive line and defensive line for Massaponax. As a junior last season, he earned second-team all-Commonwealth district honors for his performance at offensive line. But, on defense, he turned in an extremely impressive performance in the Division 5 state semifinal versus Hampton.

“I sacked [Tyrod Taylor ] about four times and had something like six tackles for loss,” said Mihota, who played defensive end last season. His team fell 21-16 in the game. “I just wanted to win so badly.”

Mihota isn’t sure exactly where UVa is projecting him, although he was placed at defensive end at UVa’s camp in June.

“They told me they like my quickness and my feet,” Mihota said. He was measured at 6-5, 270 pounds at UVa, and claims a 40 time in the 5.1 range there. “They like that I played soccer. Soccer was my favorite sport growing up. I actually played it last year, too.”

Virginia was led by primary recruiter Steve Bernstein, who Mihota has gotten to know pretty well throughout the process.

“Coach Bernstein’s a nice guy,” Mihota said. “He’s real sincere and honest. I just got a good vibe from him while he was recruiting me.

“I just really liked their coaching. That’s one of the main reason why I wanted to go there.”

A good student, Mihota carries a 3.2 grade point average and scored a 1430 on the SAT. He is hoping to major in Architecture.

Gaining experience…

Mihota only really started playing football since the ninth grade. But he feels he has gained outstanding experience playing for a