Recruiting Stronger Than Ever At Virginia

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Mike London continues to recruit well, particularly in the all too important Tidewater area.

Ever since Mike London took over the head coaching reins from Al Groh, excellent high school football recruiting has been revived for the Cavaliers. In fact, recruiting may have never been this good in the history of Virginia football. No, that’s not hyperbole.

London and his staff are on par to land their fourth straight Top 28 recruiting class (according to This is an area unfamiliar to the program, at least in the modern day of full class rankings. Prior to London, the best the program could do was land three Top 20 classes in a four-year span. And that, coincidentally, was during Coach Groh’s first four years.

Here’s a list of Virginia’s class rankings since 2002 (Top 25 classes in bold, 60th or worse in red). Unfortunately, prior to that class, there seem to be only Top 10 classes and those were recorded by publications so it is difficult to compare recruiting classes prior to 2002.

    Coach Mike London

  • 2014 – No. 15 (currently)
  • 2013 – No. 28
  • 2012 – No. 27
  • 2011 – No. 25

    Coach Al Groh

  • 2010 – No. 67
  • 2009 – No. 33
  • 2008 – No. 61
  • 2007 – No. 25
  • 2006 – No. 44
  • 2005 – No. 19
  • 2004 – No. 64
  • 2003 – No. 20
  • 2002 – No. 12

It’s easy to see the similarities in both coaches’ recruiting classes at the start of their careers, at least on paper. And fans quickly will point out that class rankings are meaningless considering the overall success of Groh’s top classes once those players were on the field or once attrition took its toll. It’s true that class rankings do not tell the complete story. There are a number of factors that affect the overall efficiency