CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Eyes may be on the future on Early National Signing Day, but Tony Elliott started his recruiting inside his own locker room.

Elliott announced on Wednesday at least ten veteran players are returning to Virginia for an additional season, highlighted by All-ACC defensive linemen Chico Bennett Jr. and Aaron Faumui.

Faumui and defensive end Kam Butler are the lone two players taking advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA following the tragic shootings on Grounds, which led to the cancellation of UVA's final two games. Elliott said receivers Keytaon Thompson and Billy Kemp along with cornerback Anthony Johnson will not use the extra year and instead pursue the NFL Draft.

Along with Bennett Jr. and Faumui, UVA gets a boost with the return of defensive end Paul Akere, defensive backs Coen King and Antonio Clary, linebackers Josh Ahern and Hunter Stewart, with tight ends Grant Misch and Sackett Wood coming back on the offensive side. The returners give Virginia a loaded defensive line with nearly every player from the two-deep back.

Elliott says the Cavaliers will have to look to the transfer portal for additions on the offensive line after veterans Jonathan Leech and Derek Devine opted to end their football careers.

"They're going to transition to life after football," Elliott said.

The Cavaliers hope to add at least two offensive tackles and possibly a guard through the transfer portal to shore up the offensive line. One of the decisions which surprised the coaching staff was All-ACC cornerback Fentrell Cypress entering the portal, which means UVA will look to add two more experienced options at corner.

Elliott also said the door has not closed on a few players currently in the transfer portal, especially recent additions, with linebacker Nick Jackson saying he was leaving the possibility on the table when he entered his name.