The Immediate Impact series is one designed for you to get involved. It is more of a debate of opinions to help judge where the fan base feels we need the most improvement. I wanted to start this off with a bang, so we decided to go with Derrick Nnadi or Jamil Kamara first. UVA hopes to land both and needs both desperately. Lets take a look and see what they do well and who could impact the team year one.
Derrick Nnadi 6'1" 305lbs DT
Current HOOS: Tyrell Chavis FR, Donte Wilkins FR, Greg Gallop JR, Jack Babcock FR, Andre Miles-Redmond RSFR, David Dean SO
Current Commits: Andrew Brown 5*
With Derrick Nnadi, the first thing that comes to mind is power. He is the prototypical interior defensive lineman: short, stout and strong at the point of attack. He would be an ideal fit next to Brown and Dean who are both more athletic and pass rusher types. Nnadi would provide a run stuffing element to this defense, but don't be fooled; he is plenty explosive enough to get to the quarterback as well. You would be looking at a front four of Eli Harold, Mike Moore/Trent Corney, David Dean and Andrew Brown/Derrick Nnadi. That would be one of the more formidable fronts in the ACC on paper. They would all compliment each other very well, and all add something different to the defense. To me, Nnadi is going to be a premier player in college and should be a priority for the HOOS.
Jamil Kamara 6'1" 205lbs WR
Current HOOS: Dominique Terrell JR, Darius Jennings JR, Pablo Alvarez JR, Andre Levrone FR, Miles Gooch JR, EJ Scott JR, Adrian Gamble SO, Jamall Brown RSFR, Canaan Severin SO, Keeon Johnson FR, Kyle Dockins RSFR
Current Commits: Jeffery Farrar 3* (ATH)
Kamara would bring to UVA something we don't have much of at WR: a guy who has played the position regularly. He is a big target with decent speed and reliable hands. At 6'1" 205lbs there is no doubt he has a college ready body. The real question is his route running. Learning the playbook and route running are the two biggest challenges any freshman receiver has. If he can master both of those quickly he could contribute early. He has the athletic ability to be a great number 2 option and a solid number 1. Kamara should be high priority for the HOOS as he is now getting attention from a lot of other programs.
Through the first few games of the 2013 season, most agree the team has weaknesses. The defensive tackle position is not one of them. But remember, Brent Urban will no longer be in Charlottesville after this season, and with him will go a lot of production. The emergence of David Dean will soften the blow coupled with the development of guys like Chavis and Wilkins. There is always the possibility of Mike Moore sliding down to play inside, which may be his more natural position. At wide receiver UVA has seen a ton of dropped balls and limited play making ability. Tim Smith, who is the HOOS' best pure wide receiver, will be gone, and Jennings and Terrell will be asked to take over the lead role. Virginia has some intriguing young guys who are very raw in Severin, Johnson and Gamble. All three are big wide receivers with decent speed.
Both Nnadi and Kamara are from the 757 and would be huge gets to keep UVA's recent pipeline of prospects coming to Charlottesville. They both are premier players at their position, are are rated highly by almost all publications. It's not far fetched to imagine they both could come in and contribute day one. I think Wide Receiver is probably the position most open to competition, but I also believe Nnadi is so special it will be hard to keep him off the field.