Tuesday, February 12, 2008

FOOTBALL RECRUITING REPORT CARD, PART 4

By By Billy Tucker/ESPN.com

WAKE FOREST: C
No ESPN 150 prospects - Linebacker Riley Haynes (Ponte Verda, Fla./Nease) may lack some size, but he plays harder and is more physical than his listed measurables and consistently made plays close to the line of scrimmage during his high school career. Wake needed to find its next Kenny Moore while also infusing some young depth at the receiver position. Athlete Terence Davis (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) possesses the size and natural gifts to develop into a good deep threat with some polish.

DUKE: C-
No ESPN 150 prospects -Unfortunately for Ted Roof, he won't be around to reap the benefits of one of the better classes he recruited while at Duke. David Cutcliffe inherits four prospects with a grade of 77 or higher, led by top-20 athlete Donovan Varner (Miami/Gulliver Prep). Varner is small but shows great speed and quickness, excelling in all three phases of the game in high school. He is joined by Matt Daniels (Fayetteville, Ga./Fayette County), a talented safety with the blend of size, speed and coverage skills that make him a steal for the Blue Devils.

VIRGINIA: C-
No ESPN 150 prospects - Al Groh can develop talent, but this is Virginia's third straight class without an ESPN 150 member, and the quality from top to bottom is marginal in 2008. Projected safety Ausar Walcott (Hackensack, N.J.) has a great frame, range and overall versatility as both a run and pass supporter. Tight end Colter Phillips (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) gives Virginia much-needed receiving skills and a big target on intermediate routes. Torrey Mack (Stratford, Conn.) could develop into a workhorse at running back with his frame and slashing style. Rodney McLeod (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic) is a versatile athlete with the quickness to play receiver and the closing speed to play corner.

Um...Virginia, what up? You got out recruited by Duke? Seriously...

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