McCabe Happy To Join The Cavalier Connection

Kevin McCabe

Virginia picked up one of the top quarterbacks in the nation Wednesday morning when Pennsylvania's Kevin McCabe signed with the Cavaliers. OBI spoke with an excited McCabe on Wednesday night about his recruitment as well as his future in Charlottesville.

Virginia signee Kevin McCabe, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback, connected on 124 of 195 passing attempts for 2,163 yards during his senior campaign at Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. In just 13 games, McCabe threw an astounding 31 touchdown passes and just four interceptions.

We asked McCabe to describe his quarterbacking abilities for OBI.

"I've got a good understanding of the game," McCabe said. "I understand what my strengths and weaknesses are and I know my limitations. I have a good arm and I know when to throw hard and when it needs touch," he continued. "I'd say I have good feet, too, but I know that I'm not going to make a play 40-yards downfield so I'll throw when I can."

McCabe got his recruitment over early in the process, verbally committing to the University of Virginia in July of 2002. That, however, didn't prevent him from being elated after faxing in his letter of intent to UVa ealier today.

"I got the recruiting process done in July heading into my senior season but now it's official," McCabe said. "It's just a really good day to get all that behind me."

Although McCabe committed early in the process, he had "close to 15 offers" from programs throughout the Big Ten, SEC, ACC, and Big East. "My final four were Virginia, Michigan, LSU, and Iowa," McCabe said, "but Virginia was a first-sight thing. They were the first to offer and I just had that gut feeling with them."

McCabe didn't encounter the madness that some recruits deal with, but his favorite part of the process was the getting to spend time with some of the young ladies at Virginia. "I didn't have any crazy recruiting tactics like some guys do because I committed to so early," McCabe noted, "but the thing I probably liked best was the Cavalier connection, the girls that took you around campus. They know how to pick [the girls] and how to do it right. They picked some pretty nice looking girls."

After making his selection to attend Virginia upon returning from his official visit -- and hanging out with the Cavalier Connection -- McCabe did his own recruiting for the Cavaliers.

"I tried to put my hand in as much as I could," McCabe said. "Some of the guys I talked with were Jonathan Stupar, Ian-Yates Cunningham, Jermaine Dias, and Jordy Lipsey. I knew getting these guys to Virginia would end up helping me too, so I tried to be a leader."

A great kid with a great attitude, McCabe is the kind of individual any coach would want at quarterback. He's well-mannered off the field and has a great understanding for the game on the field - And he's a leader. Virginia fans will be happy to have him wearing orange and blue.

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