Chesapeake, VAOscar Smith
The Eastern Region Offensive Player of the Year threw for 3,167 yards and 38 touchdowns (with only 4 interceptions) this season in leading the top-ranked Oscar Smith Tigers to the Division Six state championship. Through his first three years of high school football, Sims has thrown for 7,597 yards and will likely graduate as the all-time leading passer in VHSL history, barring injury. Sims shines brightest when on the grandest stages as he set state playoff game records for completions (26) and yards (480) in a 2007 state semifinal game against Westfield and threw for 334 yards and a state record six touchdowns in the 2008 state final against Osbourn. The prototypical pocket passer had early offers from Alabama, Clemson, Boston College, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Tennessee among others before choosing the Crimson Tide!
Virginia Beach, VAOcean Lakes
A multi-sport athlete, Hunter has collected scholarship offers for football, basketball and track, but his combination of size, speed, footwork and hands makes him among the most sought after wide receivers in the nation. Ocean Lakes head coach Chris Scott says, "If we ever have a five-star guy, Justin is it. He's 6-foot-4, runs like the wind and has a 40-inch vertical. He made this play earlier this season against Bayside where he jumped over two guys and he also returns punts for us. We're trying to get him the ball anyway we can. I really think this guy can play on Sundays. He is the best athlete we've had. He thinks he's Devin Hester out there, but he's 6-foot-4." Hunter is headed to LSU to play football in the SEC!
One of the most athletic and explosive players in the state (and possibly the East Coast) on the defensive line, McCray will collect dozens of offers over the course of 2009 as he has been on the radar for college coaches who have been attending Brookville games to watch his cousin, five-star 2009 prospect, Logan Thomas, a Virginia Tech commit. In 2008, he helped lead the Brookville Bees to a 13-1 mark and an appearance in the Division 3 state championship game. McCray has decided to join Logan Thomas in Blacksburg!
Woodberry Forest, VAWoodberry Forest School
Woodberry Forest standout continues to pile up offers with interest from such schools as Notre Dame and other top programs. Where does his recruitment stand? "Everything is wide open. All the schools that have offered me are up there and schools like Virginia and North Carolina are up high on my list as well," Olaniyan says. With a very busy travel schedule lined up, Olaniyan still hopes to make a decision well before national signing day. As a junior, Olaniyan racked up 60 tackles, 27 tackles for losses, 13 sacks, five forced fumbles and an interception. In the classroom, he maintains a 2.8 GPA
Norfolk, VALake Taylor
Williams was one of the top defensive players in the Eastern Region as he helped lead the Lake Taylor Titans to a 12-1 season which ended in the regional championship game. On the year, he notched 78 tackles, 14 sacks, 12 hurries and three forced fumbles. Though he often lines up at defensive end for Coach Hank Sawyer, he projects as a college safety or linebacker and holds as many as fifteen offers including ones from Louisville, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, Virginia, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. On the offensive side of the ball, Williams caught 32 passes for 580 yards and scored four touchdowns in being named a first team All-Eastern Region wide receiver. Claiming that he will want to stay relatively close to home, his recruiting battle could come down to ACC schools, Penn State and West Virginia.
|#6||Nick Dew||DB||Virginia Beach, VAFirst Colonial||6'2"||183||Virginia Tech|
Chesapeake, VAOscar Smith
Hailes played a key role for an Oscar Smith defense that dominated competition all season as he recorded 81 tackles, 21 for loss and 9 sacks including a sack and two tackles for loss in the Tigers 54-24 Division Six state championship game victory. Oscar Smith head coach Rich Morgan describes Hailes as "an unstoppable and unblockable kid. He's the best defensive lineman in the state." He is sitting on offers from Boston College, Tennessee and West Virginia but is getting contacted from nearly every school in the ACC, SEC and Big East as he is a prototypical interior lineman. Known for his aggressive play and competitive attitude, Hailes will end up with a pile of offers from schools up and down the Eastern half of the United States.
Fork Union, VAFork Union Military Academy
The younger brother of Ryan Shuman, the starting senior center for the Virginia Tech Hokies, Shuman has been on the recruiting radar for quite some time now. Fork Union head coach and father of the prospect, John Shuman, says, "He is a very good athlete, he's rangy and has good speed and good hands. He plays on both sides of the ball with a lot of energy. The dominating thing he's got is his footwork. He's an elite left tackle that everyone is looking for. Coaches hear about him and they know he's a coach's son, but when they see him at camp they are impressed. In one-on-ones he's very good blocking with the pass and run." He had offers from Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Rutgers, North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and Notre Dame among others, before deciding to pick the Hokies!
Spain burst onto the recruiting scene as a junior at Petersburg and it is easy to see why. At 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds he is a hard prospect to miss. After a junior season which brought mixed reviews, Spain cemented his standing as a top prospect with performances during the spring combine season. West Virginia was tops on his list and Spain was quick to give Mountaineer asssitant Chris Beatty a commitment. Besides size, Petersburg coach Mike Scott says that Spain will bring other benefits to the West Virginia program. "He is one of the leaders of my team. He really helps bring the young guys along because he's been starting since he was a freshman and he's matured a lot in the past year or so. The teachers here wonder if he is the same kid." That maturity paid off in a big way last Fall when Quinton recorded a 3.0 grade point average.
|#10||Russell Bodine||OL||Fork Union, VAFork Union Military Academy||6'3"||285||N. Carolina|
|#11||Brian Laiti||LB||Fairfax, VARobinson||6'4"||200||Virginia Tech|
Fork Union, VAFork Union Military Academy
If first impressions mean anything, than Acree makes as strong of one as anyone as he generally towers over any crowd that he is in and certainly stands out as one of the top recruits in the Class of 2010 though he will likely not be chased as highly as others due to his early commitment to Virginia Tech. The massive lineman does not get by on size alone however he benches over 400 pounds and performed 36 reps with 185 pounds at an Underclassmen Combine as a sophomore! Former head coach Roger Brookes says that Acree "runs he runs a 4.9 to 5.0 and this is a giant person. He has amazing abilities. I think his upside is the NFL personally. You just don't come along with this all at once."
|#13||Chase Williams||LB||Leesburg, VALoudoun County||6'3"||225||Virginia Tech|
|#14||Matt Arkema||OL||Midlothian, VAMidlothian||6'3"||290||Virginia Tech|
|#15||Khamrone Kolb||OL||Burke, VALake Braddock||6'6"||300||Penn St.|
|#16||Derrick Hopkins||DT||Highland Springs, VAHighland Springs||5'11"||272||Virginia Tech|
|#17||Caleb Farris||OL||Lexington, VARockbridge||6'4"||315||Virginia Tech|
|#18||T.J. Peeler||RB||Ashburn, VABroad Run||6'1"||200||Pittsburgh|
|#19||Marquis Wallace||OL||Richmond, VAVarina||6'3"||284||West Virginia|
|#20||Trey Johnson||RB||Richmond, VAVarina||5'10"||166||West Virginia|
|#21||Rijo Walker||DB||Hampton, VABethel||5'10"||171||Virginia|
|#22||Tahrick Peak||LB||Dublin, VAPulaski County||6'3"||210||Texas Tech|
|#23||Duke Mosby||DT||Woodberry Forest, VAWoodberry Forest School||6'3"||272||Wake Forest|
|#24||Henry Coley||LB||Virginia Beach, VABayside||6'2"||230||Virginia|
|#25||Desmond Coble||ATH||Richmond, VAMeadowbrook||5'10"||175||Temple|
|#26||Ed Reynolds||DB||Woodberry Forest, VAWoodberry Forest School||6'3"||196||Stanford|
|#27||Jamal Wallace||DE||Virginia Beach, VAGreen Run||6'3"||225||Duke|
|#28||Andre Simmons||DB||Lorton, VASouth County||6'1"||193||Vanderbilt|
|#29||Conner Davis||OL||Glen Allen, VADeep Run||6'5"||280||Virginia|
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