The first day of UVA’s fall semester is almost here, and a new recruiting season for the school’s student-athletes begins.
With a total of 22 recruits from the country, UVA is poised to be the most prolific recruiting class in program history.
The school has signed nearly 40 athletes, including four seniors, the first of which is the nation’s most decorated receiver in wide receiver Tre’Davious White.
The four other UVA receivers who have signed with other programs are also among the country’s most productive.
The UVA class is led by two of the nation´s most prolific receivers, White and cornerback Shaquille Williams.
All three are 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, which puts them in the top tier of the country when it comes to size and speed.
Both White and Williams have shown off their size and athleticism while also being productive receivers.
White has a touchdown catch and nine receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown, while Williams has 10 catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns.
UVA has been very active recruiting its own prospects, including three of its top five picks in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports.
The first of these three, cornerback Tre’Derrick Henry, has a 6-1, 192-pound frame.
Both players have also shown impressive athleticism in drills, as well.
Henry has speed, speed, and speed, which means he can make plays.
He is a tough matchup for opposing defenses, and he has also shown that he is very good at tackling.
He had a couple of big catches in the past.
While he is not a burner, he has the ability to run with receivers and he can also catch the ball well.
He also has good speed for his size, as evidenced by a 40-yard dash time of 4.56 seconds.
The second-ranked player, linebacker Shaquill Griffin, is a massive player at 6-3, 232 pounds.
He can be physical with the big receivers, but he is also very good in pass coverage and has good length for his height.
Griffin also has great instincts and ball skills, as he had nine passes defensed in three games against UVA this year.
Griffin has also had a handful of good games in pass protection, where he had seven pass breakups.
The third-ranked receiver, cornerback Zach Ertz, is 6-2, 215 pounds.
Ertz also has the speed and athleticism to be a solid coverage corner, but his physical traits, as described by 247Sports, make him a tough match for receivers.
Ertzes ball skills and instincts are similar to the speed of receivers like White and James Washington, but Ertz is also fast enough to break tackles, as seen by his six pass break-ups.
He has also flashed good instincts, as his interception return touchdown in UVA´s victory over Kentucky was one of the best in the country.
Erts athleticism is also evident in his interceptions and tackles.
His best play in the passing game came when he forced a fumble that was recovered by a teammate.
He then returned the fumble in Uva´s game against Georgia Tech and forced another fumble on a punt return that also was recovered.
His speed and playmaking ability are what make him an excellent player to target for a potential NFL team.
He could be a nice add to a secondary that is already loaded.
Another promising player on UVA, linebacker Terrell Thomas, is also a 6, 210-pound player.
Thomas has the size to play in space as well as at the line of scrimmage, but the defensive line has had a tough time getting the most out of him.
Thomas had four tackles for loss, one sack, one pass breakup, and one interception.
He was also active against Kentucky, and although he had a few pass break ups, he was a major liability on the offensive line.
If Thomas can continue to develop his skills in pass defense and run with a couple more plays, he could be an immediate upgrade for the UVA defense.
The top five overall prospects in the 2018 class are all athletes.
They have good size and are fast, but they also have to be physical and physical with their bodies to succeed in the NFL.
All of these players will have a major impact in the UVAs offense, which is led in many ways by wide receiver Dezmon Jones, the top receiver for the nation in both yards and touchdowns.
Jones had 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first two seasons at UVA.
He now has a 100-yard receiving game, which also helped him win the conference championship game.
Jones has also played well in special teams and in the run game.
He showed off his athletic ability with an interception in UvA´s win over Georgia Tech, and then also made a spectacular play on a kickoff return that set up a touchdown.
Jones will be a key