Oh I doubt there is much of a specific plan although with Bennett you never really know. They might have someone IDed overseas perhaps to bring in and redshirt. We’ll definitely see them pop up at open gyms this Fall to continue evaluating potential 2020 guys. It’s just that it’s a small pool of suitable recruits available to sign this Fall. As far as they’re concerned, there are 4 scholarships available to be used by 2021. Whether one comes off the board a year early doesn’t really matter, since that player is unlikely to contribute in his first year anyway. Geronimo was the perfect example. Very talented guy but UVA just didn’t like him enough to give up on the 2021 players he would have ruled out.
What Bennett seems to prefer when underclassmen leave is to go the transfer route, backfill the scholarship. To him, everyone fills a role and they’re very careful to space out the players filling the same role, 2-3 years apart. He’s meticulous with roster management that way. We just saw it last Spring. Hunter leaves, Hauser enters in the same class. Marco goes, Tomas enters.
The difference this time is Frankie left in the Fall, giving them the option to consider high school recruits now. They’ll definitely want to use one of those scholarships on a transfer or 2020 recruit even if not until Spring, because frankly filling that many spots with quality players in 2021 would be an almost impossible task on the heels of the last two groups. It’ll have as much to do with where they feel like they stand with the 2021 guys as anything.
I suspect the short Geronimo saga tells us they’re not so interested in filling that spot, the Justin Anderson role as I think of it, at least not this Fall. It will be interesting which 2021 guy Bennett focuses in on there, Quincy Allen maybe? Jabri is the only player projected on the 2021 roster like that and they’re treating him as an immediate upperclassman for recruiting purposes.