Signing Day ’14: Class Redux

For the past few years, UVa fans official cast off the doom and gloom of the previous season when the National Signing Day comes around. It is the first preview of the new student-athletes who we will entrust the future of our football program to. And while this season will be the make-or-break season for Mike London, we like to look back at the last few classes and see how our classes panned out. We will get to our current class tomorrow after the NLIs are in, but we don’t just like to make predictions and not follow up on then. So call this our personal checklist on how we saw the classes panned out to how they were ‘rated’ by us. We have scanned our previous 3 years’ previews and found out how we did.

If this is the first year reading our previews, we organize our classes into 4 categories, not by some recruiting services point or start ranking, but how they will impact our football team. The four categories are ‘Immediate Impact’ (players who might not redshirt and could see the field 1st year), ‘Eventual Impact’ (good probability of redshirt and impact will be seen in 2nd year), ‘Roleplayer’ (very high probability of redshirt and will be a decent player down the line), and ‘Projects’ (will redshirt for one reason or another. Future status undecided). So lets look back at the 2011-2013 classes and see how we did. Stars denote impact on team in 2013.

2011

Immediate Impact

***Demetrious Nicholson, DB:  Starter from day 1.

***Brandon Phelps, DB:  10 starts last year, 7th in tackles.

Clifton Richardson, RB: No longer on team. Great 1st year, Injury plagued 2nd year.

**Dominique Terrell, WR: 9th in yards last year. Lost in depth chart.

***Darius Jennings, WR. 1st in WR receiving yards, but still not lived up to hype yet.

*Vincent Croce, DE:  Moved to FB, played mostly on special teams.

***David Dean, DT: 6th in tackles, T3 in TFLs, T2 in sacks.

***Daquan Romero, LB:  2nd in tackles.

Adrian Gamble, WR:  No longer on team.

Eventual Impact (good probability of redshirt and impact will be seen in 2nd year)

***David Watford, QB:  Starter, but we will see.

***Jay Whitmire, OL: Starter at T.

*Rob Burns, DE:  Moved to TE. Good blocker, promising in passing game.

***Anthony Harris, ATH:  Safety. All world last year.

**D.J. Hill, LB:  Decent backup.

Tim Cwalina, OL: Had to leave team for medical reasons.

Kameron Mack, DB/S: Not on team.

*Kyrrel Latimer, DB:  Very minor role.

Thompson Brown, DE: Not on team.

*Ross Burbank, OL:  Minor role at C.

Roleplayers (very high probability of redshirt and will be a decent player down the line)

*Marco Jones, DE:  Minor role.

Kelby Johnson, OL: No longer on team. Went JUCO, now at Louisville.

Caleb Taylor, LB: No longer on team.

Projects (will redshirt for one reason or another. Future status undecided)

Diamonte Bailey, DE:  Not on team.

Kevin Green, ATH:  Not on team.

*Darius Lee, LB: 9 tackles at OLB.

*Mason Thomas, S:  Special teamer.

2012

Immediate Impact (players who might not redshirt and could see the field 1st year; Starter or 2 Deep):

***Eli Harold, DE: Great, but look for break out in 2014.

*Kwontie Moore, LB: Played in 2 games. Potential not yet realized.

**Canaan Severin, ATH/WR: 43 yards receiving. Lost in WR depth.

**Michael Moore, DE: Decent numbers, but was behind Snyder last year.

Courtnye Wynn, DE/DT: Not on team.

**Demeitre Brim, ATH/LB/S: Backup SLB. Solid in relief.

Eventual Impact (good probability of redshirt and impact will be seen in 2nd+ year; 2 deep player to Role Player)

Anthony Cooper, WR: Moved to FS. Not on depth chart yet.

*Mark Hall, LB: Played in 9 games.

*Greyson Lambert, QB Backup last year. Will see in 2014.

*Kye Morgan, RB: 13 yards rushing last year.

*Mario Nixon, WR: Moved to TE. Not on depth chart.

*Andre Miles-Redmond, OL/G: Moved to DT. 2 tackles.

*Sean Karl, OL/T: On roster.

Role Players (very high probability of redshirt and will be a decent player down the line; Role-Player max)

*Matt Johns, QB: 3rd QB…now.

***Michael Mooney, OL/G: Backup LT behind Moses. Could start in 2014.

*C.J. Moore, DB: Could be on 2 deep next year.

***Maurice Canady, ATH/DB: Only played 9 games due to injury, but very solid as starter.

*Kelvin Rainey, CB: Played 9 games at SS.

Adrian Gamble, WR: Not on team.

Projects (will redshirt for one reason or another. Future status undecided)

Tyrell Chavis, OL-G/DT: Redshirted after prep.

**Kyle Dockins, WR/TE: 96 yards receiving. 4 starts.

*Jamall Brown, WR: Played in 1 game.

*Ryan Doull, OL/G: Played in 9 games.

Wilfred Wahee, ATH/CB: Injured in 2013

***Max Valles, ATH/DE: Starter at SLB. Top 5 in TFLs and Sacks.

**Divante Walker, RB: Moved to CB. 8 tackles in 11 games. 

2013

Immediate Impact (players who might not redshirt and could see the field 1styear; Starter or 2 Deep)

***Taquan Mizzell, RB 3rd on team in All Purpose Yards. Role only to get bigger this year.

***Tim Harris, S/CB Started 7 games. 26 tackles. Solid 1st year.

***Donta Wilkins, DT Started 4 games. Played behind Urban, but still had decent numbers.

*Kirk Garner, CB/S Redshirted.

*Tyrell Chavis, DT Redshirted.

*LaChaston Smith, LB Moved to RB. Played in 1 game, 44 yards.

*Micah Kiser, LB Redshirted.

*Malcolm Cook, S Redshirted.

Eventual Impact (good probability of redshirt and impact will be seen in 2nd+ year; 2 Deep to Role Player)

*Andre Levrone, WR Redshirted

Zack Jones, WR Not on team.

***Keeon Johnson, WR 5th on team in receptions. Stud in the making.

***Max Valles, TE Moved to SLB. Starter.

**Zach Bradshaw, LB Started 1 game. Solid backup.

**Sadiq Olanrewaju, OT Backup to Eric Smith. Solid 2 deep.

*Jack McDonald, OG/C Redshirt.

Role Players (very high probability of redshirt and will be a decent player down the line; Role Player or Situational)

*Corwin Cutler, QB FUMA. Should play role in QB this year. Stay tuned.

*Brendan Marshall, QB Redshirt.

Projects (will redshirt for one reason or another. Future status undecided)

***Eric Smith, OT Starter. Great find.

*Jack English, DE Redshirt.

**Connor Wingo-Reeves, FB Backup FB. 4 yards receiving.

George Adeosun, OT Redshirt

**Eric Tetlow, OT Backup C. Good roleplayer.

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