Reflections and Analysis on UVa’s ’08 Class

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Steve Greer signing his LOI

Signing Day has come and gone and the Virginia Cavaliers received 18 letters of intent. Barring any late additions, that is where this class will stay. Rankings-wise, this class goes down as the lowest rated one in Al Groh’s tenure, but Virginia’s head man likes the talent and athleticism he acquired on Wednesday.

“There are players in this class, at each position, that are as talented as any players who have preceded them,” Groh said. “There is a very good level of athletic ability within the class.”

Among those Groh cited as having particularly good athleticism is 6-7, 308-pound offensive lineman Aaron Van Kuiken . Offensive line was the biggest need in this class and the staff landed at least three, possibly four, prospects. In addition to Van Kuiken, there is 6-7, 275-pound Matt Mihalik , 6-6, 310-pound Austin Pasztor and 6-5, 265-pound Michael Price , though Price could end up on the defensive line.

The offensive line haul, which has some talented prospects, was hurt by the late defection of 6-7, 290-pound Corey Lewis to Illinois and missing out on 6-7, 275-pound 4-star prospect R.J. Mattes . Overall, the o-line group is a solid one, though it could’ve been good with Lewis and great with Lewis and Mattes.

This class is headlined by Connecticut running back Torrey Mack , a 6-0, 190-pound prospect who was a big-time playmaker in his time at Stratford High School. Mack will play running back at Virginia, but he could also have an impact on special teams as a returner.

For now, unless a special situation comes along, this class appears