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Villanova Football is in good shape ahead of National Signing Day

The Wildcats have another talented class lined up for NSD.

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Position Name Depth Chart
QB John Robertson Starter
RB Gary Underwood Starter
WR Kevin Gulyas Starter
WR Aaron Wells Starter
WR Mike Burke Starter
WR Anthony DeCamillo Reserve
WR Jacob Gribb Reserve
TE Doug Turrell Starter
OL Kyle Wallace Starter
OL George Benakis Reserve
DL Reggie Paris Starter
LB Don Cherry Starter
LB Dillon Lucas Reserve
DB Cameron McCurry Starter
DB Matt McCann Starter

(Italics denotes possible 5th-year senior)

For comparison's sake, here's the current group of commitments:

Position Name
QB Jack Schetelich
RB Justin Covington
WR Zac Kerxton
WR Changa Hodge
OL Peter Fallon
OL Paul Grattan
OL Patrick Lawler
OL MJ Dumas
OL Noel Brouse
DL Jeff Wiley
DL Aaron Seigle
DL Doug Costin
LB Keeling Hunter
DB Korey Stevens
DB Nowoola Awopetu
K/P Drew Kresge

(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.