Countdown to Signing Day: The Defense

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Virginia fans have good reason to be excited about the group of defensive recruits the staff has compiled for the 2007 class. With the exception of defensive end, the staff has added talent at each position. Al Groh and company have commitments from one stud nose tackle, five athletic linebackers, one stud linebacker/safety, one stud safety/cornerback and one cornerback the staff is said to be very high on.

J’Courtney Williams

In terms of ratings, this group of defensive players is led by four four-star kids – NT Nick Jenkins , LB Terence Fells-Danzer , LB/S J’Courtney Williams and DB Ras-I Dowling. CB Dom Joseph , LB Almondo Sewell and LB Aaron Taliaferro are three-star recruits. These ratings may be nice but not the only reason to get excited. The athleticism of this group is evident. In 2006 and again here in 2007, it appears the staff is really making a concentrated effort to bring in linebackers with athleticism, quickness and speed with size not being as much of an issue. The same can be said for the defensive line, where the staff has used speedy 6-2, 281-pound true freshman Nate Collins at nose tackle this season and has landed 6-3, 285-pound Nick Jenkins at nose for the 2007 class.

Counting down towards Signing Day, the ‘Hoos will likely take 2-4 more defensive targets. Virginia appears to be finished at the linebacker position and there aren’t too many targets with mutual interest remaining for the defensive tackle, defensive end and defensive back spots…at least right now (we’ll see if other names continue to pop up).

Keeping the commitments

When you have top rated prospects such as a Nick Jenkins and a J’Courtney Williams, schools