2009 Class Needs: The Offense

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Over the past two recruiting classes, the University of Virginia has compiled the following on the offensive side of the ball: two quarterbacks, two running backs, four wide receivers, five tight ends and seven offensive line prospects. With the exception of running back and tight end, offense will be a focus of the 2009 class for the UVa staff.

Let’s take a look, position by position, at Virginia football’s needs for the 2009 class. Where may the staff concentrate its efforts?


2009 Projected Roster

Juniors (2) – Peter Lalich , Marc Verica
Sophomores or Red-shirt Freshmen (1) – Riko Smalls

Assuming Jameel Sewell does not return for the 2008 season, Peter Lalich , the projected starter for 2008, surely should be the starter heading into the 2009 season. However, there are questions behind Lalich. Will Sewell return at all? Will Marc Verica and Riko Smalls develop into capable backups?

Regardless of how the above questions are answered, landing at least one top quarterback in this class is an absolute must. Adding two good prospects would be ideal, bolstering the depth chart and basically covering all bases in case Sewell does not return and/or if the staff has questions about Verica and/or Smalls.

So far, unless the staff makes more offers in the state of Virginia, it looks very likely that the Cavaliers will have to find its quarterback outside of the Commonwealth. Phoebus’ Tajh Boyd and Western Branch’s Kevin Newsome are likely to head elsewhere. Scripps Ranch (San Diego, CA) standout Tate Forcier and Cardinal O’Hara (Springfield, PA) star Tom Savage top the early list of out-of-state targets.

Running Back

2009 Projected Roster
Seniors (2) – Rashawn Jackson , Mikell Simpson
Juniors (2) – Raynard Horne