The 2018 Virginia Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Virginia Recruiting Class Overview
The Cavs are going after the passing game, but they’re not forgetting about the other side, at least at linebacker.
Javar Garrett is a dangerous linebacker who should be a statistical machine once he gains a little weight, but that’s about it. There’s not much for the line and almost nothing for the secondary, but some of the linebackers are safety sized.
The O line is loaded with options, building up the front five for a few years from now, and QB Brennan Armstrong is a nice-looking dual threat option wanted by North Carolina and Minnesota.
The receivers are full of options, too, with a few quick prospects to go along with 6-2 Joseph White out of Virginia Beach.
Throw in PK Hunter Pearson – a big kicker with a huge leg – he’s going to be a solid factor right out of the gate.
The Virginia Class Is Heavy On …
There aren’t any sure thing stars, but there’s just enough to develop, hoping for at least two starters out of this large group.
6-6, 295-pound Martin Weisz blew off several Ivy schools to potentially work at one tackle spot, and 6-4, 290-pound Houston native Joe Bissinger has the upside to eventually start at a guard job.
The Star of the Virginia Class Is …
LB Javar Garrett, 6-2, 205
He needs time to add some weight on his frame – he’s not big enough to hang on the inside at 205 – but when he gets everything in place, look out. Indiana, NC State and Vanderbilt were interested in his services, but eventually, he’ll lead the Cavs in tackles. His range is ridiculous, with the smarts to always be around the ball.
The Virginia Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
There’s a whole lot of experience returning, but are the main men there without LB Micah Kiser and S Quin Blanding? These two were producers at an all-timer of a level, coming up with record-setting statistics over their time in Charlottesville.
Fortunately, the next seven tacklers from last year after Kiser and Blanding are back, and there’s reason to expect better overall production from the D, but you don’t just replace players like those two.