Succession plan takes shape for Cavaliers at QB

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- A quarterback who is built like Marques Hagans, but plays like Bryce Perkins. Probably not a bad combination, if you're a Virginia football fan.

That's the way UVA coach Bronco Mendenhall described incoming recruit RJ Harvey, the Florida quarterback who signed with the Cavaliers on Wednesday. Harvey went 21-5 as the starting quarterback at Edgewater High School. He threw for 1,787 yards and 23 touchdowns, and ran for 1,376 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior.

"RJ's packaging is much more Marques Hagans-ish, and we hope the result is Marques Hagans-ish," Mendenhall said of the 5-10 Harvey. "In terms of the type of player he's not built as Bryce, but wow is he dynamic and effective and will really help this team play well."

When Harvey arrives at UVA next season, he'll be joined in the quarterback room by incumbent starter Bryce Perkins and his two backups this season, Brennan Armstrong and Lindell Stone. Perkins will be a fifth-year senior next year, while Stone will be in his third year with the Wahoos and Armstrong will be in his second season with the program. German quarterback Luke Wentz is also committed to UVA, and expected to sign in February.

Building that sort of succession plan at quarterback was one of the first goals for Mendenhall and his staff when they took over at UVA following the 2015 season.

"What I would love is a quarterback in each class. That's my ideal," Mendenhall said. "So you have a fourth-year, third-year, second-year, first-year and then you're recruiting one. And that's for the first time we're going to be at that point."



 
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