2016 Virginia Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Virginia Recruiting Class: Bronco Mendenhall had a lot of work to do in a little bit of time. It’s not a great class of talents, but there are plenty of smallish, quick prospects. Next year might be about the thump, but this year the staff needed to try holding serve.

    February 1, 2016


    2016 Virginia Recruiting Class: Bronco Mendenhall had a lot of work to do in a little bit of time. It’s not a great class of talents, but there are plenty of smallish, quick prospects. Next year might be about the thump, but this year the staff needed to try holding serve.


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    Virginia Football Recruiting Class Overview

    This is one of the most interesting classes in the ACC considering what a stunning hire Bronco Mendenhall was. There’s not a lot of bulk in this group – literally, there are lots and lots of light players without too many linemen coming aboard – but it’s a big class of athletes for the new coaching staff to deal with. The main job was holding the previous commitments, and the staff was mostly able to do that.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Quarterbacks. The receiving corps is getting a boost, starting with the big and talented Joseph Reed, and the defensive side is getting enough bodies to work around the options, but Mendenhall did his most work on two key quarterbacks who fit what he likes to do. Sonny Abramson was committed before for Mendenhall was hired on, while DeVante Cross was a great pickup late in the process. They’re not big, but they can move.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    LB Landan Wood, 6-3, 225 – The Cavaliers were able to beat out Pitt, Boston College and Arizona for the inside defender. He’s not going to wow anyone with his athleticism, but he’s build to put on some good eight and be the anchor of the linebacking corps. There are other prospects coming in for the outside who can move.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    Defensive line. The Cavaliers have just enough losses on both sides of the ball to be really, really annoying. It’s going to be a baby-young team in some spots, starting with a receiving corps that has to live with a slew of underclassmen, and with a few key holes in the defensive back seven to be a problem. The big issue, though, is up front where DT David Dean and three starters are done.

    2016 Virginia Football Recruiting Class

    Sonny Abramson QB 6-2 208 Chester, N.J. Pope John XXIII
    Christian Baumgardner– TE 6-4 230 Longport, N.J. Ocean City
    Cole Blackman WR 6-1 193 Glen Allen, Va. Atlee
    Christian Brooks DL 6-5 240 Centreville, Va. Centreville
    Holland Corbett– PK 6-0 173 Charlottesville, Va. Western Albemarle/Fork Union
    Devante Cross QB 6-2 180 Allentown, Pa. Parkland
    Osiris Crutchfield DL 6-3 227 Crozet, Va. Western Albemarle
    Deedrick Daniels DB 6-0 168 Tampa, Fla. Chamberlain
    Hasise Dubois WR 6-3 195 Irvington, N.J. DePaul Catholic
    Nick Grant DB 6-1 170 Spotsylvania, Va. Courtland
    Bryce Hall DB 6-2 195 Harrisburg, Pa. Bishop McDevitt
    Tre Harbison– RB 5-10 218 Shelby, N.C. Crest
    Trysten Hill DL 6-3 308 Lee, Fla. Suwannee
    Aidan Howard WR 6-4 180 Monroeville, Pa. Gateway
    Ben Knutson OL 6-8 280 Granger, Ind. Penn
    Jordan Mack DB 6-3 205 Lithonia, Ga. Wesleyan
    Chris Moore DB 6-2 181 Ashburn, Va. Broad Run
    Juwan Moye OLB 6-3 235 Lilburn, Ga. Parkview
    Joe Reed WR 6-1 198 Charlotte Court House, Va. Randolph-Henry
    Dillon Reinkensmeyer OL 6-5 255 Highlands Ranch, Colo. Valor Christian
    Robert Snyder ILB 6-3 225 Lawrenceville, Ga. Collins Hill
    Wayne Taulapapa RB 5-11 200 Honolulu, Hawaii Punahou
    Matt Terrell– OLB 6-4 227 Lynchburg, Va. Liberty Christian
    Landan Word ILB 6-3 245 Vienna, Va. Bishop O’Connell

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