This season, Virginia's new faces will have as big an impact as any new class can as Coach Starsia fills important roles around the field with first years. To get a better idea of this incoming class, I talked to my good friend Ty Xanders, founder of Recruiting Rundown, a fantastic site chock full of the latest recruitment news and analysis for all things lacrosse.
STL: What is your initial take on this incoming class for Virginia?
TX: To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t as high on this class as I have been on the Hoos’ others over the last few years. That’s not to say that I don’t really like this group because I do, I just think it looks a bit top heavy on paper. It’s funny - this is a class full of kids who I went back and forth on throughout their high school careers so with that said, there are a few first years who I’m anxious to see perform. It’s also a class that doesn’t need to be stellar right off the bat just because I feel like there’s some really solid talent waiting in the wings.
STL: With the news of Tanner Scales' injury, do Hooper and Greco have enough right out of the gate to hold off the competition Virginia is going to see?
TX: It’s very hard to predict how stud high school defensemen will become acclimated to the ACC, no matter how talented and highly touted they are. There’s a significant learning curve, however you trust the kids who are high IQ, multi-sport athletes and Hooper and Greco fit that billing. What worries me is that I felt much better about those kids before the absence of Danseglio and injury to Scales came to light and I say that because I felt like the young bucks would be great complementary defensemen early on as they became acquainted. Now, they’ll be thrown at the wolves in all likelihood.