With just over two weeks until National Signing Day (Wednesday, February 3rd), the Villanova Wildcats appear to be in very good shape to bring in another stellar recruiting class that should be among the best in the CAA. With head coach Andy Talley announcing his retirement but Mark Ferrante already confirmed as the next head coach, there shouldn't be too much risk of departure from the current crop of committed players.
The roster was relatively light on seniors this year, but Andy Talley had previously stated he hoped to bring a few back for a 5th year. He's absolutely losing at least 11 players, meaning that while it won't be a big class for Villanova, the roster is returning a lot of players.
(Italics denotes possible 5th-year senior)
For comparison's sake, here's the current group of commitments:
(Italics denotes likely preferred walk-on)
The staff has done a good job of getting some like-for-like replacements and loading up in areas where heavy rotation is usually needed - on the offensive and defensive line. They're currently at 15 scholarship commitments - 16 if you Kresge is indeed getting one. With that in mind, there just isn't a ton of room to bring back 5th-year seniors.
Though the defense losing 4 starters, the amount of talent and experience returning should make it a force again. The offense is a bit trickier and the wide receiver group in particular is light on proven commodities. Having a guy like Mike Burke back would be very beneficial for Zach Bednarczyk as he enters year 2.
We'll know for sure when spring practice opens, but keep an eye on the last couple of weeks as Villanova closes up another great class.