Analyzing the University of Virginia's 2009 Football Recruiting Class
Last Season: 5-7, no bowl game.
Top Players Lost: T Eugene Monroe, LB Clint Sintim, RB Cedric Peerman, TE John Phillips, LB Jon Copper, WR Kevin Ogletree.
Needs Filled: Virginia lost its top five pass catchers from 2008, including both starting wide receivers. Coach Al Groh hauled in a class of at least three wide receivers, and possibly six depending on pending position decisions.
Best in Class: Morgan Moses was Virginia's Signing Day boon. The 6-foot-7, 330-pound tackle is one of the nation's top offensive line prospects and could be the next offensive line standout under Groh.
Sleeper: Wide receiver Bobby Smith committed to Virginia late in the process and might take time to develop, but the 6-6 Richmond native provides rare size for an incoming freshman wide receiver. Groh views him as an eventual red-zone threat.
One Who Got Away: Defensive end Lanford Collins has the measurements to play outside linebacker in Groh's 3-4 scheme, but the Cavaliers lost this recruiting battle to rival Virginia Tech.
Coach Al Groh: "It's a class that makes us a lot taller on both sides of the ball -- you'll note there's a lot of 6-6, 6-7 players in this particular class -- and it's a class that makes us a lot faster. This class cumulatively brings more speed than has been the case, and we certainly intend to take advantage of that."
-- Zach Berman
|Oday Aboushi||OL||6-5||290||Staten Island, N.Y.|
|LoVanté Battle||DB||6-1||190||Hampton, Va.|
|Sean Cascarano||OL||6-6||260||Glenview, Ill.|
|Paul Freedman||TE||6-5||250||Belleair Beach, Fla.|
|Quintin Hunter||QB||6-1||185||Orange, Va.|
|Perry Jones||DB||5-10||187||Chesapeake, Va.|
|Corey Lillard||DB||5-11||200||Remington, Va.|
|Ross Metheny||QB||6-3||190||Stephens City, Va.|
|Justin Renfrow||DE||6-4||245||Morrisville, Pa.|
|Kevin Royal||WR||6-2||205||Newburgh, N.Y.|
|Tim Smith||WR||6-1||185||Chesapeake, Va.|
|Jake Snyder||DE||6-4||245||Glen Allen, Va.|
|Javanti Sparrow||WR-DB||6-0||185||Chesapeake, Va.|
|Hunter Steward||OL||6-8||315||Virginia Beach|
|Brent Urban||DE||6-6||285||Mississauga, Ontario|
|Cody Wallace||OL||6-4||265||Moorestown, N.J.|