Tony Muskett. Courtesy of Monmouth.
Tony Muskett. Courtesy of Monmouth.

Could the time be coming when nobody recruits a quarterback out of high school?

It appears that Tony Muskett, who put up some impressive numbers at West Springfield High School, could start at quarterback for Virginia next year.

But, first, he spent two seasons at Monmouth in West Long Branch, N.J., where he passed for 1,997 yards and 17 touchdowns this past season.

Presumably, he will take the place of Brennan Armstrong, whose photo still appears on the UVa roster, although he has indicated that he will transfer to North Carolina State.

In so doing, Armstrong will be reunited with Robert Anae, who coached quarterbacks at Virginia in 2021, when Armstrong broke the school record for passing yardage with 4,449. He also holds the UVa career record at 9,034.

He is first in 14 different UVa categories.

A second former UVa assistant under Bronco Mendenhall, offensive-line coach Garett Tujague, has joined the staff of N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren.

One reason that Armstrong is going to N.C. State is that the Wolfpack’s quarterback, Devin Leary, revealed Dec. 20 that he is transferring to Kentucky.

Leary was the Wolfpack’s starting quarterback for four seasons but that doesn’t seem to matter as he is expected to take the place of Kentucky quarterback Will Levis, who has created the impression that he will be a first-round draft pick.

Other ACC quarterbacks who have indicated they are headed elsewhere include highly regarded Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman, who is headed to Notre Dame, where he will take the place of Irish quarterback Jack Coan, who began his career at Wisconsin.

Coan, who originally went to Notre Dame to play lacrosse, has been mentioned as a possible draft pick for the Washington Commanders football team.

Power rankings

Jeff Sagarin’s rankings of the top men’s basketball teams in Division I shows Virginia at No. 22 prior to the Cavaliers’ 65-58 victory over visiting North Carolina on Tuesday night in Charlottesville.

The Tar Heels were 25th among ACC teams, Duke was 27th and N.C. State and Clemson were next at 38th and 39 respectively. Reigning ACC champion Virginia Tech was 57th.

Other in-state Division I programs include Liberty at No. 81; Virginia Commonwealth at No. 85; Richmond at No. 98, and James Madison, which gave UVa a fight, at No. 105; George Mason at No. 108; and Longwood at No. 140; which is better than an ACC school, Boston College, at No. 157.

Those men’s programs in Virginia are also ahead of Minnesota, California and South Carolina. At 5-13, Georgetown and famous coach Patrick Ewing are just ahead of No. 198 Radford. At 2-14, Louisville is 223rd.

Early warning

Before playing host to Virginia Tech next Wednesday in Charlottesville, Virginia (12-3, 4-2 ACC) will head to Tallahassee, Fla., for a 4:30 p.m. meeting with Florida State, a 62-57 victim in Charlottesville in early December. After a 1-9 start, coach Leonard Hamilton’s squad has gone 4-2.

The UVa men are 0-10 at Florida State since 2013 and 8-17 overall. The Cavaliers are 16-11 against the Seminoles in Charlottesville. … Florida State also has been a tough opponent for Virginia Tech, which is 23-36 all-time against the ‘Noles.

Doug Doughty

Doug Doughty has been writing for more than 50 years starting as a high school student in Washington, D.C., through his undergraduate years at the University of Virginia, and 47 years at the Roanoke Times...