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Virginia's Top 30 `08 Prospects Post Seaon Rank

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Rank Name Pos Location Stars Ht Wt School
#1E.J. ManuelQB
Virginia Beach, VABayside

Manuel has established himself as the top pro-style quarterback in the nation and has seen his stock skyrocket after hitting the camp and combine circuit. Narrowed his list to ten, but still wide-open as to where he will commit.

4 stars6'5"215Florida St.
#2Mike GlennonQB
Centreville, VAWestfield

Glennon is listed at 6-foot-6, but he might as well be 7-feet because he absolutely towers over the competition. He is extremely coordinated for his height and has a cannon for an arm. Glennon comes from a solid gene pool as older brother Sean starts at quarterback for Virginia Tech. Led Westfield to an undefeated season and the schools second D-6 state title in its short history

4 stars6'6"194N.C. State
#3Dyrell RobertsATH
Smithfield, VASmithfield

Listed at 6-foot-2 and 190-pounds, Roberts has established himself as one of the premier backs in the state. While the Smithfield native racked up nearly 1200 yards rushing, he’s also stellar at defensive-back as he racked up 10 interceptions. His play on the field during 2007 was nothing short of spectacular and should find early playing time next fall in Blacksburg. "Put him in coach, he's ready to play"

4 stars6'2"190Virginia Tech
#4Ryan WilliamsRB
Manassas, VAStonewall Jackson

Williams has been wowing people with his play since freshman year. Williams is more of a finesse back whose cuts, jukes, and burst of speed bring back memories of Reggie Bush or Barry Sanders. History of injuries hurt his ranking, if he stays healthy the sky could be the limit. Another true freshman that could push for playing time next fall in Blacksburg.

4 stars5'10"192Virginia Tech
#5Vinston PainterOL
Norfolk, VAMaury

Massive 6-foot-6 317-pound painter dominates his position in what is a very deep class for offensive tackles. Painter has listed Virginia Tech and Florida as his favorites, and committed to the Hokies. You cannot coach this type of size, and with the offensive line being a position of need in Blacksburg Painter should see the field sooner rather than later.

4 stars6'6"317Virginia Tech
#6D.J. ColesWR
Goochland, VAGoochland

Coles is the prototypical wide-receiver: tall, long arms, good hands, and fast. Coles is a state champion sprinter who played running-back in high school, but his forte will be at the wide-receiver position in college. Grades are an issue and hampered his ranking. If not for the academics he may have been ranked #1, and would have been the second Single A player to receive that honor with the first being Thomas Jones (Powell Valley)

4 stars6'4"198Virginia Tech
#7Deion WalkerWR
Christchurch, VAChristchurch School

The state of Virginia is loaded at wide-receiver in 2008 and headlining the position is Walker. Walker is also one of the top receivers in the country as his 6-foot-4 frame and 4.43 speed make him lethal. Not to mention he squats a max of 435-pounds. Notre Dame is the college pick for Walker, and he should help the Irish right away.

4 stars6'4"186Notre Dame
#8Kevin WhaleyRB
Virginia Beach, VASalem

Whaley might be small (5-foot-9), but don’t ever underestimate his playing ability. He runs a 4.5 forty and is lethal out in the open field. Last year he led his team to an Eastern Region championship on his way to gaining an astounding 1900 yards and 39 touchdowns. Leaving Virginia for Minnesota, this could be a prospect that down the road people will say many schools 'missed on'. Watch out for Whaley in the Big 10!

3 stars5'9"166Minnesota
#9Bobby MassieOL
Lynchburg, VALiberty Christian Academy

Liberty Christian Academy offensive tackle Bobby Massie is one of the fastest rising recruits, picking up offers from Georgia, Clemson and Maryland. It's no surprise looking at the massive 6-foot-8, 335-pounder. Commited to Virginia Tech before deciding to look around again. Grades likely an issue and while we worry he may not play college ball next year, he certainly should be playing on Sundays four or five years down the road.

4 stars6'8"335list
#10Kerry BoykinsWR
Chesapeake, VAOscar Smith

Known as an explosive playmaker, Boykins is certainly a candidate for being named best receiver in Virginia. Boykins is only one of three receivers on his team receiving Division I interest. Boykins narrowed down his list to Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. before picking the Terrapins. Helped lead Oscar Smith to the D-6 state semis where the Tigers lost to Westfield in one of the best games of the season.

4 stars6'1"200Maryland
#11Todd HarrelsonWR
Chesapeake, VAOscar Smith

As a teammate of Boykins, Harrelson made a great case to be chosen as the better receiver down at Oscar Smith High in Chesapeake. Yet regardless of who is better, coaches from nearly every ACC school offered Harrelson before he chose to become a Tar Heel and play at North Carolina. Set playoff records in that incredible D-6 state semi final game against Westfield

3 stars6'0"181N. Carolina
#12Marcus DavisATH
Virginia Beach, VAOcean Lakes

– Do-it-all Davis can run, pass, and catch, but more importantly he has all the right tools to excel at the next level. He’s 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, and can run a 4.5 forty-yard dash. It’s those qualities that are making coaches blush over the athlete out of Ocean Lakes.

3 stars6'4"221Virginia Tech
#13Jimmy BennettOL
Alexandria, VAWest Potomac

Listed at 6-foot-8, Bennett is the tallest prospect in Virginia. Add to that 270-pounds of bulk and you have yourself a dominant lineman that hasn’t given up a sack during his entire high school career. Coaches everywhere are reaching out for Bennett’s services, but he is wide-open in terms of making a decision at this point.

3 stars6'8"270Connecticut
#14Marcus DowtinLB
Fork Union, VAFork Union Military Academy

Coming out of FUMA, Dowtin has the potential to follow in the footsteps of a lot of greats who came before him. While running a 4.4 forty and measuring up at 6-foot-2 and 215-pounds, Dowtin certainly has all the ingredients to be a great one. Dowtin could fit in at either the running-back, linebacker, or safety position in college

4 stars6'1"215Georgia
#15Lyndell GibsonLB
Virginia Beach, VASalem

At linebacker, Gibson has an incredible nose for the ball. Wherever the ball is, expect to find Gibson somewhere close by. Those qualities helped Gibson register 108 tackles as he garnered Eastern Region player of the year honors. His strength is also huge plus for coaches (325-pound bench, 515-pound squat), not to mention he runs a 4.66 forty-yard dash. Gibson committed to Virginia Tech.

3 stars6'0"212Virginia Tech
#16Allen StephensLB
South Boston, VAHalifax County

For a 240-pound linebacker, Stephens is as fast as they come. Clocked at 4.6 in the forty-yard dash, that caught the eye of many coaches who are seeking the Halifax County outside linebacker. Maryland, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia offered and Stephens selected the Hokies!

3 stars6'2"252Virginia Tech
#17Antoine HopkinsDE
Highland Springs, VAHighland Springs

Hopkins comes in as being one of the top-rated prospects from the Richmond area. Hopkins is measured in at 6-foot-1 and 260-pounds and is recruited to play strongside defensive-end. C Virginia and Virginia Tech offered Hopkins who decided on the Hokies over the Cavs.

3 stars6'1"285Virginia Tech
#18Peter RoseATH
Amherst, VAAmherst

A gamer who might not have the best measurables but gets it done on the field. Three stars from Rivals.com, Rose helped lead Amherst to back-to-back D-4 state titles and will take his talents to Blacksburg in the fall.

3 stars6'1"185Virginia Tech
#19Derrick McCoyWR
Amherst, VAAmherst

McCoy is a fearless receiver who has no problem sacrificing his body to make the catch. He had 900 yards receiving for state champ Amherst, a team that doesn’t even throw the ball too often. McCoy has committed to Virginia Tech.

3 stars6'4"230Virginia Tech
#20Jeron GouveiaATH
Ashburn, VAStone Bridge

Gouveia made a name for himself as a hard-hitting safety for Stone Bridge High in Ashburn. But just last year, he showed his versatility as a running-back, and coaches were soon hot after the 6-foot-2 athlete. Recently, Gouveia committed to play for Virginia Tech.

3 stars6'2"180Virginia Tech
#21Austin FullerWR
Richlands, VARichlands

Fuller as a receiver is as quick and agile as they come. At 6-foot-2, he also makes for a great target. Playing for Richlands, he racked up over 1000 yards receiving while also getting reps at quarterback. Fuller has committed to play for Virginia Tech.

3 stars6'2"210Virginia Tech
#22Casey TurnerQB
Chesapeake, VAGreat Bridge

Late offer Connecticut came for this Tidewafter area star, who set all kinds of regional and state passing records during his career at Great Bridge. Happy ending to a great high school career!

2 stars6'4"215Connecticut
#23Joe JonesDE
Virginia Beach, VAGreen Run

Another late bloomer, who blew up on the recruiting scene during the 2007 high school season. Virginia Tech proved once again that they are the team to beat for prospects from the 757

2 stars6'3"245Virginia Tech
#24Isaiah HamletteDE
Stafford, VABrooke Point

A teammate of Donovan Miles at Brooke Pointe, Hamlette is a prospect in his own right - on his way to all-district as a junior, Miles registered 107 tackles, 20 for loss and eight sacks.

3 stars6'5"245Virginia Tech
#25Tony GregoryRB
Virginia Beach, VAFirst Colonial

Gregory is a player known more for his 4.36 speed than anything else, but he can run strong and hard. His 6-foot frame is also impressive and it’s helped him escape from the shadow of Manuel and Whaley, both of whom play in Gregory’s district. The First Colonial product recently committed to Virginia Tech. Grades might be an issue.

3 stars6'0"178Virginia Tech
#26Jake JohnsonLB
Falmouth, VAStafford Sr. High

Johnson’s stock catapulted after attending the Liberty Combine and from there coaches were all over the 6-foot-3 231-pound linebacker out of Stafford. Johnson recorded 125 tackles last year and recently committed to play for Virginia Tech.

3 stars6'2"231Virginia Tech
#27A.J. PriceWR
Reston, VASouth Lakes

Burst onto the recruiting scene midway thru the 2007 high school season and interest from Virginia, UNC and several others before deciding that Penn State and Happy Valley was the place to be.

2 stars6'4"175Penn St.
#28Donovan MilesLB
Stafford, VABrooke Point

Last year at linebacker, Miles recorded 107 tackles and 20 of them were for losses. The 6-foot-1 225-pound prospect out of Brooke Point is explosive to the ball and delivers a devastating blow to ball-carriers. Miles has committed to play for West Virginia.

3 stars6'1"225West Virginia
#29Randall DunnWR
Virginia Beach, VAOcean Lakes

Came on strong during his senior season as a prospect that most everyone 'wanted'. Also a standout on the hardwood, his athletic skills are ideal for the wide receiver position, very much a position of 'need' for the Hokies. Might he play as a true freshman?

3 stars6'3"217Virginia Tech
#30Morgan CarterATH
Woodbridge, VAC. D. Hylton

At the elite college combine in New Jersey, Carter came home with the wide-receiver performance and coaches have been hot on his trail ever since. Listed as an athlete, Carter plays quarterback in high school but is expected to play wide-receiver in college. At 6-foot-3, he certainly plays the role and his 4.0 GPA certainly doesn’t scare any teams away either.

3 stars6'3"197Rutgers

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