Notes: UVa Continues To Add To The O-Line

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Eastport-South Manor (Manorville, N.Y.) product Sean Karl is the latest rising high school senior to verbally commit to the University of Virginia, making his decision one week after touring Charlottesville on an unofficial visit. The Hoos now boast 12 commitments in the 2012 class, including seven in the month of June.

Karl, a 6’6″, 295-pound offensive line recruit, chose UVa over offers from Buffalo, Connecticut and Syracuse. He is the third offensive line commit in UVa’s 2012 class, joining Fork Union Military Academy standout Ryan Doull and Malvern Prep’s (Malvern, PA) Michael Mooney . Virginia has accumulated seven offensive line prospects in total over the course of the past two classes (Mike London’s first full classes as head coach), and the staff may not be finished.

Analyze those seven prospects — the four 2011 signees and the three 2012 commitments — and you can certainly see a pattern in terms of what Mike London and company look for when recruiting the offensive line.

Athletic Ability

Every one of Virginia’s 2011 and 2012 offensive line recruits has played another sport in addition to football at one point or another on the high school level.

Michael Mooney , Jay Whitmire (2011) – lacrosse, basketball
Tim Cwalina (2011), Kelby Johnson (2011), Sean Karl – basketball
Ross Burbank (2011) – wrestling
Ryan Doull – lacrosse

Versatility

Only Kelby Johnson played on just one side of the ball on the high school level. The other six have experience on both the offensive and defensive lines.

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