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Analyzing the University of Virginia's 2009 Football Recruiting Class

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

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.

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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

NamePos.Ht.Wt.Home Town
Oday AboushiOL6-5290Staten Island, N.Y.
LoVanté BattleDB6-1190Hampton, Va.
Luke BowankoOL6-6260Clifton
Sean CascaranoOL6-6260Glenview, Ill.
Paul FreedmanTE6-5250Belleair Beach, Fla.
Will HillDE6-4265Williamsburg
Quintin HunterQB6-1185Orange, Va.
Perry JonesDB5-10187Chesapeake, Va.
Corey LillardDB5-11200Remington, Va.
Jeremiah MathisLB6-2235Bowie
Connor McCartinLB6-3215Warrenton
Ross MethenyQB6-3190Stephens City, Va.
Morgan MosesOL6-7330Richmond
Justin RenfrowDE6-4245Morrisville, Pa.
LaRoy ReynoldsWR-DB6-2215Norfolk
Kevin RoyalWR6-2205Newburgh, N.Y.
Bobby SmithWR6-6200Richmond
Tim SmithWR6-1185Chesapeake, Va.
Jake SnyderDE6-4245Glen Allen, Va.
Javanti SparrowWR-DB6-0185Chesapeake, Va.
Hunter StewardOL6-8315Virginia Beach
Brent UrbanDE6-6285Mississauga, Ontario
Cody WallaceOL6-4265Moorestown, N.J.
Dominique WallaceRB6-0220Fredericksburg
Tucker WindleLB6-2227Charlotte

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