The gem on the offensive side is Plainfield, NJ offensive lineman Eugene Monroe. Monroe, an absolute beast on the line at 6'7, 320, is the top ranked offensive lineman by Scout.com, and the overall top ranked player by Superprep. Chances of early playing time here are very high.
Just as impressive is Harrisburg, PA running back Mikell Simpson who had Cav fans holding their breath as he chose the Hoos over Alabama. In the end it came down to how the Cav coaches like to use their running backs in many different ways. Standing at 6-foot-1, 200-pounds, Simpson will also have a shot at cracking onto the field this coming season.
It isn't a mystery why successful teams in the ACC stay successful; they have two solid running backs. St. Peters Prep, NJ running back Rashawn Jackson will be a great addition to the already strong Hoo stable of backs. Jackson is the bruising type running back that would compliment Simpson very well in the future. Rashawn could be looked at on the defensive line, but most likely he drops some weight and stays in the backfield.
The Wide Receiver corps at UVA got an upgrade as well in the 2005 class. Holy Cross, NY receiver Kevin Ogletree is the speedster of the bunch as he can stretch the field, which is something the Hoos have been lacking in recent years. Ogletree averaged over 25 yards-per-catch as a junior.
Southern High School receiver Brandon Woods had a quiet senior season, but really stood out at the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl held in Spartanburg, SC back in December.
Woods' teammate Maurice Covington has the height to make the tough catch in traffic, but also has speed to burn on the outside. Covington has tremendous upside however after playing basketball most of his time in high school.
The top Quarterback signed by the Hoos is Gretna, VA gunslinger Vicqual Hall. Hall, probably the most versatile member of this group, can absolutely take over a football game. He can strike through the air or tuck the ball and beat you with his legs. His height of 5'11, does not do him justice on paper as a drop-back passer and we believe he will stay at the quarterback position at UVA.
Hermitage High quarterback Jameel Sewell is more of the traditional type quarterback. He has great instincts and reads defenses well as evident by his stats of 16 touchdowns to only 5 interceptions as a junior.
The other anchor on the offensive line will be Chatham, VA mammoth offensive lineman Brandon Albert. Albert is 6-foot-7, 340-pounds and ranks 38th position wise on Scout.com.
Rounding out the offensive line group is Will Barker and Patrick Slebonick. Both young men have great size and with some speed work and the great Cavalier offensive line coaching, these two men will contribute after a red shirt year.
Maybe the steal of the offensive group may just be Hot Springs, VA tight end John Phillips. Phillips has great size and speed for tight end and will blossom in the UVA offensive scheme under Al Groh.
"Al Groh has a wealth of talent at Virginia from top to bottom," says National Recruiting Analyst Jamie Newberg. "Now they just need to take it to the next step on the football field."
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