Recruiting Roundtable: The 2011 Class
In December’s “Roundtable,” you broke down what you thought were the biggest needs in the class. How do you feel the staff addressed those areas?
JHoo: In the prior roundtable, I decided to stride the fence on which positions were most in need of playmakers, answering, “Short term, I think we need playmakers at quarterback, defensive back, and linebacker; long term, I would point to quarterback (again), tailback, and wide receiver.”
Looking at all of those position lumped together, the UVA staff has to feel pretty good about how it did … with a couple of caveats.
Demetrious “Tra” Nicholson – Photo by Dan Trevino Photography
At defensive back, for example, the staff hit a home run in terms of the cornerbacks, adding impact players like Tra Nicholson and Brandon Phelps . Shift to safety, however, and the staff added numbers and some quality athletes but not necessarily anyone that clearly can step in and immediately raise the level of performance for a unit that needs someone to step in and raise the level of performance. In time, it may turn out to be a solid class at safety but in the short term, that is not as clear.
At quarterback, I do not think that the staff can be unhappy about landing a quality prospect in David Watford , even if he is a little raw. On top of that, Kevin Green actually has gotten himself into the conversation as a potential quarterback down the road so all in all, the depth chart likely was improved.
Likewise, at wide receiver, the depth chart certainly was improved with explosive athletes like Darius Jennings and Dominique Terrell as well as a nice complement in Adrain Gamble, a lankier receiver who brings a different skill set to the table. The same can be said...
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