Kai Parham, Ahmad Brooks and Tom Hagan top the Cavaliers' 2002 recruiting class.
Possible immediate impact:
Kai Parham - Considering how dreadful U.Va.'s defense was last season, giving up averages of 28 points and 431 yards a game, do you think the Cavaliers might jump at the chance to find a spot on the field for one of the nation's top prep players?
Ahmad Brooks - See above. The same rings true for Brooks, perhaps the country's top prep outside linebacker.
Tom Hagan - It isn't often a special-teams guy can be considered an immediate impact player, but Hagan may have the spotlight placed on him right away as a punter or maybe even the place-kicker.
Just wait a year or two:
Michael Johnson - After picking up just 3.4 yards a carry last season, there's a lot of room for improvement in the Cavaliers' running game as well. MJ may get a shot.
Kwakou Robinson - Judging by the list of suitors for Robinson, U.Va. might have added an out-of-state talent who could anchor the defensive line in time.
Darryl Blackstock - This guy was in this same spot last season, but had to take a side trip to Fork Union. Now, if he can put on a few pounds, he could have an impact on the defensive line.
Brett Tobin - Doesn't come highly touted and his resume seems a little thin. He's a relative unknown.
Brad Butler - He has great height, but will need to add some weight.
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. High School/Hometown
Robert Armstrong OL/DL 6-3 290 Washington-Lee/Arlington
Led Washington-Lee in tackles as a senior; clocked in 40-yard dash at 4.9 seconds.
D.J. Bell OL 6-4 302 Caesar Rodney/Camden, Del.
A first-team all-state honoree on the offensive line and second-team all-state choice on defensive line; considered Pittsburgh, Maryland, N.C. State and Rutgers.
Darryl Blackstock DL 6-5 225 Heritage, FUMA/Newport News
Signed with U.Va. last February, but had to attend Fork Union to improve grades; had 29 sacks and was named Associated Press Group AAA first-team all-state selection as a senior at Heritage in 2000 season.
Ahmad Brooks LB 6-3 230 C.D. Hylton/Woodbridge
AP Group AAA first-team all-state selection, Virginia High School Coaches Association defensive player of the year and USA Today defensive player of the year; Considered Tennessee, Florida State and Virginia Tech.
Brad Butler OL 6-8 265 E.C. Glass/Lynchburg
A VHSCA Group AAA first-team all-state honoree as a guard; listed as the nation's 76th-best offensive tackle by Rivals100.com.
Braden Campbell OL/DL 6-5 255 Slippery Rock/Slippery Rock, Pa.
Listed as one of the nation's top 25 strong-side defensive ends by Rivals100.com; carries a grade-point average near 3.7.
Keenan Carter DT 6-3 315 Potomac/Dumfries
Selected AP Group AAA first-team all-state; logged more than 200 tackles total in his junior and senior seasons; Considered Florida, North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia Tech.
Ron Darden OL/DL 6-4 315 Glen Burnie/Glen Burnie, Md.
Listed by Tom Lemming, ESPN.com's lead recruiting analyst, as the nation's 11th-best athlete; Considered East Carolina, W&M, Maryland and Kent State.
Willie Davis DB 6-2 190 Laney/Wilmington, N.C.
Has been clocked as low as 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash; one of 15 players from N.C. nominated for the 2002 U.S. All-American Bowl game; considered Clemson and South Carolina.
Lance Evans DB 6-5 200 Eastern Regional/Voorhees, N.J.
Registered more than 100 tackles and 10 interceptions in his junior and senior seasons; listed as the 46th-best safety by Rivals.com; considered UNC, Wisconsin and Boston College.
D'Brickashaw Ferguson OL 6-5 255 Freeport/Freeport, N.Y.
Rated as the second-best prospect in New York by the SuperPrep Web site; referred to by Lemming as one of the top five prospects in New York; listed by Rivals100.com as the country's 29th-best offensive guard; considered Michigan State.
Tony Franklin RB 5-11 175 St. Peter Chanel/Bedford, Ohio
Gained more than 4,000 yards rushing in his junior and senior seasons; in December, just 10 days after his father died, he rushed for Ohio state playoff-record (all divisions) 393 yards to lead his team to a 44-27 victory in Division 5 state title game; considered Wisconsin.
Tom Hagan P 6-2 170 Cave Spring/Roanoke
AP Group AAA first-team all-state selection and VHSCA Group AAA second-team all-state honoree; listed as nation's 13th-best kicker, according to Rivals100.com.
Marcus Hamilton CB 6-1 180 Centreville/Clifton
Had just one interception this past season, but quarterbacks didn't throw much to his side of the field; selected Group AAA first-team all-state by AP and VHSCA; Considered Maryland, Michigan State.
Robert Jenkins OL/DL 6-4 280 Milford Academy/Bronx, N.Y.
Originally signed with U.Va., but is attending Nassau (N.Y.) Community College this year to improve his grades; could project as a center.
Michael Johnson RB 5-9 170 Heritage/Newport News
Ranked as the second-best all-purpose running back in the country by Rivals100.com; the nation's fifth-best running back, according to Max Emfinger of USA Today; Considered Michigan State and Miami.
Wali Lundy RB 6-1 190 Holy Cross/Delran, N.J.
Rushed for 2,036 yards and 36 touchdowns last season; ranked 14th-best running back in country by Rivals100.com, and 19th-best by Lemming; considered Boston College.
Anthony Martinez QB 6-4 217 Patrick Henry/Ashland
Listed as nation's 15th-best quarterback by Lemming; VHSCA Group AAA first-team all-state choice and AP Group AAA second-team all-state selection; considered Tennessee.
Ronald Morton WR 6-1 180 Hamilton/Hamilton, N.J.
Ranked the 44th-best wide receiver prospect in the nation by Rivals100.com; a track standout who has been clocked at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash; considered Pittsburgh.
Stefan Orange DB 6-2 180 Culpeper/Culpeper
A Group AAA first-team all-state selection by both the AP and the VHSCA; played quarterback, cornerback and kick returner, but was recruited as cornerback; listed as nation's 25th-best cornerback by Lemming; considered Virginia Tech.
Kai Parham LB 6-3 235 Princess Anne/Virginia Beach
Was recruited as a linebacker, but is the nation's top weak-side defensive end, according to Rivals100.com, and the third-best defensive lineman, according to Lemming; considered Tennessee.
Kwakou Robinson DT 6-4 315 Polytechnic Prep/Brooklyn, N.Y.
Top-rated prospect in New York, according to Superprep; Emfinger ranks him as the nation's 11th-best defensive lineman, while Lemming and Rivals100.com both list him as the 18th-best; considered Miami, Maryland and Ohio State.
Jason Snelling RB 6-1 220 L.C. Bird/Richmond
A VHSCA Group AAA first-team all-state selection, and an AP Group AAA second-team all-state honoree; considered Georgia Tech, Maryland and Syracuse.
Damian Spradlin OL 6-3 290 Liberty/Bedford
First commitment in U.Va.'s current class last April; AP Group AA first-team all-state selection at offensive guard, but was recruited as a center by the Cavaliers; considered N.C. State.
Brett Tobin OL 6-6 280 Pulaski/Green Bay, Wis.
A prospect who renounced a commitment to Vanderbilt; Wisconsin Football Coaches Association honorable mention all-state defensive lineman as a senior.
Kenneth Tynes WR/CB 6-0 180 Centreville/Clifton
Gained more than 1,200 yards rushing in nine games; Selected Group AAA second-team all-state running back by AP and VHSCA, but could project as defensive back; listed as 53rd-best running back in nation by Rivals100.com; considered Wake Forest.
By Norm WoodCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times