Strategy Session 2014: Secondary, Specialists

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Right now, there are 79 players projected to be on scholarship in the 2014 season. Factoring in 10-percent attrition (courtesy of VBHOO’s research on the subject), UVa has 14 scholarships available in the class of 2014. As I’ve mentioned before, the end number is typically fluid, so look for the Cavaliers to sign somewhere in the range of 14-18 prospects.

With Chancellor (Fredericksburg, VA) 4-star offensive tackle Steven Moss ‘ recent commitment, Virginia now has three pledges in the class: 5-star safety Quin Blanding (projected as a free safety), Moss, and defensive tackle Chris Nelson . If the estimated final range holds true, Virginia will take 11-15 more players.

My previous “Strategy Sessions” for class of 2014 recruiting focused on quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, offensive line, defensive line, and linebacker. My projection for how many scholarships the staff will use at those positions is as follows …

  • QB – 0/1. If class of 2013 signee Corwin “Turtle” Cutler has to attend prep school, he would have to go for a full year and would re-sign with the Hoos next February as a part of the class of 2014. If that happens and there isn’t any attrition at the position, I don’t see Virginia taking another quarterback. I could see the staff taking one signal caller if Cutler enrolls this coming summer, but honestly, at this point, quarterback is not a need position regardless.
  • RB – 1/2. Barring attrition, Virginia will have five running backs on scholarship in the 2014 season. Three will be seniors, though, so there is a need when you figure there would be only two scholarship tailbacks in the 2015 season. The Cavaliers have mainly recruited smaller, versatile backs in Mike London’s tenure, but I look for the staff to try and land a bigger back in this class to provide balance to Smoke Mizzell and Kye Morgan .
  • WR – 1/2. Given the number of receivers taken in the past two classes, I expect a small