Nerves Aside, Signing Day Good For Hoos

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Al Groh had plenty of nice things to say about the Cavs’ 24 signees.

Signing Day for 2007 has past. My reaction? Whew. Signing Day causes me way too much stress every year. As I recently noted, I am Chicken Little when it comes to recruiting. Always have been, always will be. But having said that, I think that many great recruiters are Chicken Littles, too, always staying on top of the game out of fear that the sky may be falling.

But is it still being paranoid if the sky really is falling? A couple of months ago, there certainly was a possibility that the UVa’s 2007 recruiting class could come crashing down. Given the Cavaliers’ performance on the field this year, several schools had pegged UVa recruits as low-hanging fruit. But the staff did a tremendous job holding together the class, landing signed letters of intent from 24 recruits.

Ignore The Rankings – This Is A Solid Class. I have said it before, and I will say it again. Rankings are absolutely, positively meaningless to me. You have to look at the talent in the class, the needs of the program, and the state of the depth chart to judge a recruiting class on the front end. And then, three or four years later, you can actually tell how things panned out.

But as of today, I would make the argument that the 2007 class is as good a class as Al Groh has landed at Virginia. Why?

First and foremost, Groh and the staff landed enough lineman prospects to improve a deteriorating situation on the OL depth chart. The 2007 season still will be a “cross your fingers” season with regard to injuries on the O-Line, but help is coming down the road. There are enough big, athletic prospects to give Dave Borbely something to work with.

Second, the class improves team speed. We could undercut that by slotting kids for size instead of speed, mind you, but you have to feel good about the options at this point.

Third, the class does not have any gaping holes. No big misses at a position that create an obvious issue down the road on the depth

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