It's time to unveil next year's recruiting board. It is below for your perusal.
By now you probably know the drill. A prospect on here has to be listed as offered by UVA on at least two or three of the major recruiting sites. (Two will probably do if it's a prospect close to home, in Virginia or Maryland - or if those two sites are Rivals and 24/7, the more thorough of the four big ones. Others require three.) Not any ol' prospect goes on the board - I do have space limitations. They don't make it if:
- They're only listed by one site, or only two if one is only semi-trustworthy.
- The size of the offer pile means UVA doesn't seem to rate a second thought.
Even the guys in red (as of now, January) it's conceivable, albeit unlikely by my guess, that they could choose UVA.
Grains of salt are issued standard to every reader. One reader requested, when the 2011 class was signed, to see the original 2011 board, for comparison's sake. To see how the various colors on the original listing played out. I didn't have that, but I decided to keep the original 2012 board (and have kept this one separate too) and you'll get to feast your eyes on it next week during the February 1 Signstravaganza. Sneak hint: of the four colored sections, this is the breakdown:
- 2 of 4 blue prospects committed to UVA
- 2 of 7 green prospects etc.
- 0 of 9 and 0 of 7 yellow and red etc. etc.
For the non-math-majors, that makes four of an original 27 prospects that ended up committed. I spent a lot of last year just adding guys directly to the committed section, because that's the way the year went. At least half the class went straight to orange without passing Go or any other color. Hence the salt.
In a likely futile attempt to fix that, I tightened up my internal criteria for starting off blue or green and made the yellow section pretty huge as a result. Therefore the dominance of yellow and red shouldn't frighten you. In fact I think 2013 will be an absolutely magnificent year for Mike London on the recruiting trail. We have lots of things going for us:
- It's an odd year, which for some reason have always been better. This means nothing, but still.
- A breakout season on the field; the results of a particular season always seem to manifest themselves most with that year's juniors. Unlike the seniors, they're only just beginning to form their impressions.
- Mike London.
- Iron balls, as evidenced in the much-talked-about letter that the staff sent to juniors around the state that read, as paraphrased, "By the time you get this, we will have already upset Georgia Tech. By the way, come play at Virginia."
So it should be a fun recruiting season. Keep your hands and arms inside the carpet.