Countdown to Signing Day: Class of 2008 Preview

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2008 Preview…

Matt Mihalik

UVa already has one verbal commitment for the 2008 recruiting class in 6-7, 265-pound offensive tackle Matt Mihalik . Mihalik hails from Ohio, perhaps a bit of foreshadowing of what may lie ahead for the Cavs in this class.

Virginia Tech is positioned well with a number of in-state juniors already. UVa is well positioned with some prospects as well, including St. Anne’s-Belfield OL/DL Kyle Long , Norview DL/OL Klinton Ruff and Christchurch ATH Deion Walker (among the ones with UVa offers). UVa also certainly has a solid chance with others, including Oscar Smith standout athletes Kerry Boykins and Todd Harrelson and Westfield QB Mike Glennon, for example. But, overall, the 2008 class could be tough for the Cavs in-state.

(Besides the juniors mentioned above, UVa has also already offered in-state talents including West Potomac OL James Bennett, Goochland ATH D.J. Coles, Bayside QB E.J. Manuel, Maury OL/DL Vinston Painter , Smithfield RB/ATH Dyrell Roberts and Stonewall Jackson RB Ryan Williams .

A state outside the commonwealth that the Cavs have had past success in and will look to is New Jersey. Coach Groh and company did not land a single recruit from the Garden State in 2007, but Groh is looking for more success in this year’s class.

“There were some terrific players I was aware of, but for numerous reasons maybe we weren’t heavily involved with them,” Groh said of the state of New Jersey’s