2011 Class Needs: Offense

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Mike London

No more than 85 players can be on a FBS program’s roster in a given season. Therefore, with 73 players currently projected to be on scholarship in the 2011 season, head coach Mike London would technically only be able to enroll 12 players in the 2011 class. As always, attrition in one form or another is highly likely, so in the end I expect Virginia to sign anywhere from 14 to 18 players in 2011. If DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) safety Kyrrel Latimer attends prep school and signs next February, he becomes UVa’s third commit in the 2011 class already, joining Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) wide receiver Adrian Gamble and Edna Karr (New Orleans, LA) linebacker/safety Matt Bailey .

So what are the initial needs? Frankly, it’s a tough question to answer at this point. With a new coach (albeit a coach who knows most of the program’s players well already) and new schemes, determining which needs are most pressing in this class is likely to be an evolving issue as spring football comes and goes. Coach London still needs to figure out exactly what he has talent-wise and how the current talent transitions to what he wants to do offensively and defensively.

Starting out on offense, one thing is for certain. Virginia needs playmakers. There is talent in the program, but there are a lot of questions.

2011 Roster Projection – 5 scholarships
Riko Smalls , Junior
Ross Metheny , Sophomore
Miles Gooch , Sophomore or R/S Freshman; Mike Rocco , Sophomore or R/S Freshman; Michael Strauss , Sophomore or R/S Freshman

There is a lot of youth at the quarterback position, but none of the players projected to be on the 2011 roster have started a game on the college level. Virginia signed four prospects in 2010 and all have pro-style size