So, football recruiting seems to be doing alright, no? To confirm my suspicions, I did a little Q&A with Chris Horne this week to gather a more expert opinion:
1. So, it looks like recruiting is going pretty well, right?
Ummm…yeah. 18 commitments by the end of June is pretty impressive. Seven spots at most remain, so UVa can focus a little bit more on the 2010 class as well as closing out the 2009 class this fall and winter. Virginia has gotten impressive numbers and has also done well in need areas such as the defensive line and offensive line.
2. What’s the difference between this year and last? It can’t just be a successful year and secure coach, can it?
Those aren’t the only reasons for UVa’s success, but they have to be big factors. Following the disappointing 5-7 season, there were many questions surrounding the status of Al Groh. Those things don’t equate to success in recruiting. The 2007 season was a success and Al Groh’s status is solid and that does translate to recruits. Also, though, Virginia’s staff does a great job of “showing the love” to recruits and getting kids to Charlottesville early and often. I don’t think there is any question that this staff can recruit, so when it has ammunition (good season, etc.) you should expect better results. Also, Virginia was well positioned with a handful of kids, which also helps.
3. What’s the best “get” so far for Coach Groh? Who’s the diamond in the rough?
Gotta go with Dominique Wallace (sub. req.) He has star potential at running back or linebacker. As for the diamond in the rough, I was really impressed with Connor McCartin (sub. req.), who I just posted video on. Tough, sure tackler and a fiery player.
4. How many slots are left, and who are the top remaining targets now?
It appears as though five is the solid number, though I wouldn’t be surprised if Virginia tried to squeeze it to 25 with the right gets. OL Morgan Moses and ATH Logan Thomas (sub. req.) top the list of in-state top targets. DE Anthony LaLota and OL Sam Simpson (sub. req.) top the list of out-of-state kids.