Coach: Al Groh 2008 Virginia Signees:
Recent Recruiting Rankings (By Rivals.com): No. 12, No. 20, No. 40,
No. 19, No. 39, No. 25 under Al Groh from 2002-07.
Consensus Prep All-Americans: CT ATH Torrey Mack.
Interesting Story: Tight end Rod Wheeler attends Highland Springs High,
which has served as a pipeline to archrival Virginia Tech for several years.
The Cavaliers offered scholarships to a handful of Highland Springs prospects
in recent years, but Wheeler is the only one who signed with Virginia during
the era of former head coach Scott Burton. Burton recently accepted a job as
an assistant to former UVa defensive coordinator Mike London, who just took
over at Division I-AA Richmond.
Top Recruiters: Linebackers/special teams coach Bob Diaco did some damage
in his northeastern recruiting territories, snagging the top prospect in the
state of Connecticut, Torrey Mack, and top-20 prospects from New Jersey in safety
Ausar Walcott and tight end Bill Schautz.
States Represented (9): Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia,
Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia.
Academic Worries: few.
Key Misses: GA OL Omoregie Uzzi (Georgia Tech), PA RB Cameron Saddler
(Pittsburgh), MD S Okechukwu Okoroha (Boston College), NC OL R.J. Mattes (N.C.
State), VA WR Randall Dunn (Virginia Tech), GA OL Cordy Glenn (Georgia), VA
WR Dayon Arrington (East Carolina), DC DE Ugochuckwu Uzodinma (Illinois), FL
WR Derek Winter (Auburn).
Quotable Quote: "There are players in this class at each position that
are as talented as any players who have preceded them. There is a very good
level of athletic ability within the class. If we could stock our team with
players from Richmond, Lynchburg, Salem, Hampton, wherever it might be, that
would be our preference. Each year brings a different set of circumstances in
terms of the talent available at the position were looking for, the academic
circumstances and what not. We have to get what we need to get around here,
wherever it might come from."
Virginia coach Al Groh
Virginia Football Recruiting Articles (Links):
Tory Allen profile Atlanta Journal-Constitution
UVa staff finishes recruiting efforts Charlottesville Daily Progress
Javaris Brown signing story Macon Telegraph
Javaris Brown signing story/video 13WMAZ.com
Steve Greer feature Cleveland Plain Dealer
Steve Greer feature Charlottesville Daily Progress
Torrey Mack feature Connecticut Post
Torrey Mack feature Stratford Star
Torrey Mack feature Charlottesville Daily Progress
Virginia recruiting breakdown Washington Post
"Great Bridges Great Day" Michael Price mention Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
UVa goes out of state Lynchburg News & Advance
Riko Smalls Dallas Morning News
Riko Smalls commitment feature Charlottesville Daily Progress
Rod Wheeler Charlottesville Daily Progress