Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Virginia Cavaliers recruiting class.
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For Virginia, it’s an amazing class. The Cavaliers never push into the upper-echelons of top ACC recruiting hauls, but it’s the best the program was able to get in a long, long time – and it’s not even close.
Yeah, it’s a mid-level class compared to others in the ACC, but whatever. Bronco Mendenhall has shown he can win at Virginia, and now he’s getting more talent. It’s the type of under-the-radar class that could turn out to be a gamechanger for the ACC Coastal.
No, this class doesn’t mean Miami and Virginia Tech had to fold up shop. But there’s enough coming in to give Virginia fans optimism that their team can be a player in the divisional race on a consistent basis.
The linebackers are terrific. There’s a whole lot of beefing up to do, and it’s going to take a few years to get this group going, but starting with Hunter Stewart, this is an upgrade in skill.
Last year’s class was light on defensive backs. This one doesn’t have a whole lot coming in, with just three true DBs signed on. However, there are a whole slew of athletes and versatile prospects who could turn into key parts in the secondary.
If Jawon Briggs is as good as the potential and upside, Virginia has its star in the defensive interior in the near future. The 6-2, 300-pounder might not be ready right away, but the Cincinnati native was good enough to be wanted by the Big Ten big boys.
The most fun signing? Luke Wentz, a 6-4 quarterback out of Germany who has all the tools, and has the experience of playing with the Paderborn Dolphins for two years. No one’s saying he’ll be any sort of a threat to Bryce Perkins, but give him a few years, and the upside is there to be terrific.
It’s a big, big class, bringing in 25 prospects with a little of something for everywhere. It might have taken a few years to get here, but Mendenhall is building something strong. This class reflects it.