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.