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Virginia Beach, VABayside
The Bayside defensive back has a great hip flip and is tremendously gifted at staying in the hip pocket of wide receivers. His ability to battle for the ball in the air will make him one of the most highly-recruited players from the 2011 Class because he is a true shutdown corner. His performance at the Ultimate 100 camp in New Jersey earned praise from Rivals analyst Mike Farrell who noted that "Trey" is "a very smooth defensive back who has great ball skills and breaks on the ball well. Nicholson is good enough to allow a slight cushion between himself and his opponent to give the appearance of separation, but then he'll close and make a play on the ball. He's also very good at peeling off his man and getting into the play when the ball isn't thrown at him."
Perhaps a prospect in search of a position at the next level, but in not in search of potential 'suitors', as the offers continued to roll in for this super talented athlete. Terrell lined up at quarterback for Osbourn Park as a junior, throwing for 602 yards and seven touchdowns while running for 1,025 yards and six scores. The Yellowjackets finished the year with a 10-3 record. Terrell earns wide praise for his no-fear approach to the game and his ability to make big plays when most needed. It's rarely fair to a prospect to make comparisons to an already established player but numerous sources have called him "the closest thing in Virginia to Percy Harvin since Percy Harvin." Our pick for the Northwest Region offensive player of the year, the Eagles senior was a phenom this season having rushed for 2,070 yards and 32 touchdowns with 1,419 yards and 15 scores passing.
Virginia Beach, VAKempsville
An All-Beach District First Team performer at both running back and linebacker. Hughes rushed for 1227 yards and 20 touchdowns on 185 attempts during the 2010 campaign with the Kempsville Chiefs. His 3624 yards for his career and 47 touchdowns rank among the best in Kempsville history at a school that has produced several stellar running backs. On defense, Hughes was no slouch either with 291 career tackles - - 101 as a senior - - 20 sacks and 11 fumble recoveries. As a junior he helped the Chiefs reach the Eastern Region playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Landon Turner projects as one of the top offensive tackles on the East Coast for 2011. The leader of the Harrisonburg offensive line that paved the way for over 3,000 rushing yards on the season, Turner was the lone returning starter among the group in 2010. At 6-5, 320, he showed very good mobility and was often sent in motion as a lead blocker for running back Michael Holmes.
As a junior, Marshall racked up 110 tackles and seven sacks. Marshall was a standout at the Army National Combine in January.
Chesapeake, VAOscar Smith
The Southeastern District offensive player of the year led the Eastern Region in receptions (63), receiving yards (1,413) and receiving touchdowns (15) in helping the Tigers notch a 12-2 mark this season. "I feel one of my strengths is the number of yards I can make after the catch," Funderburk said. "Also, I have real strong hands. I also can make the catch with stuff on the line. I just need to go out there to play and earn my spot."
Newport News, VAMenchville
Clifton Richardson is going to have a big say when it comes to what Virginia's offense is going to look like in the coming years. Richardson is looking forward to possibly playing a big role early in his career. The four-star prospect has the talent to make a big impact in Charlottesville and in preparation for college he's packing on the pounds and adding muscle. Though he is listed at 6-foot-1 and 195-pounds, Richardson says that he is now closer to 6-foot-2 and 220-pounds.
Virginia Beach, VAOcean Lakes
Already a seriously dangerous runner, the rising prospect has spent a number of hard hours in the offseason getting bigger, stronger, faster and improving upon his passing mechanics and has emerged from the pack as the one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the mid-Atlantic region. The cousin of current Virginia Tech Hokie Marcus Davis, Thourogood lacks the same size but matches the athleticism giving him the versatility to play virtually any skill position on either side of the ball at the college level.
Lorton, VASouth County
Vandyke closed out his senior year earning first team all-metro, region and district as a senior. Was also named second team all-state by VirginiaPreps.com.
Alexandria, VAT C Williams
Whitmire, an outstanding offensive tackle from T.C. Williams High School will be taking his massive 6-foot-7, 283 pound frame to the University of Virginia. Whitmire ended an intense recruiting battle when he gave Mike London and the Cavalier football program a verbal committment back in November.
Stafford, VAColonial Forge
Scott accounted for 1,183 all-purpose yards along with 19 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 15 pass breakups and three interceptions as a junior.
The two-time Peninsula defensive player of the year, the Phantoms senior notched 19 sacks in leading the state's top defense to another state championship as the group allowed only 90 points in fifteen games. As a junior, Romero racked up an eye-popping 30 sacks. He also accounted for 88 tackles and 20 tackles for losses. "Most teams look at my film and want me to come in rush the quarterback. It is something that I love doing" Romero says.
Chesterfield, VALloyd C Bird
One of the top athletes in the Central Region, the Skyhawk standout was a two-time all-region selection and earned first team all-district honors at both utility and defensive back after collecting four interceptions during his senior season. Harris wrapped up an impressive junior season in which he accounted for over 1,700-yards of offense, 27 touchdowns along with 38 tackles, six interceptions and eight pass breakups despite missing the end of the year to injury. "Last year I played cornerback and wide receiver and this year I converted to quarterback and cornerback," he said. "I'd had a pretty good season" Harris said.
Early in the 2009 campaign, the Phantoms middle backer suffered a season-ending knee injury but the coach sees no lingering effects from the injury at all. Phoebus Coach Stan Sexton said "Caleb looks to punish guys when he tackles them. He hits people not to injure them but because he wants them to physically quit. He wants guys going into the locker room at halftime saying to each other that they don't want to get tackled by him again. He had three or four hits from his sophomore season that I still go back and watch on film. You just say 'wow' when you see it."
Ashburn, VAStone Bridge
Talk about it in V. I. P. - 'MEMBERS ONLY' CLUB One of the intriguing things about Rob Burns as a defensive end prospect is his 6-foot-8 frame. That kind of size isn't something you see coming off the edge every day. The UVa commit is up to about 235 pounds these days. The added pounds have come from hitting the weights regularly and working hard to make himself a more imposing figure. He will need that in the Atlantic Coast Conference as he takes on massive offensive tackles.
Roanoke, VACave Spring
The 6-foot-2 199 pound 'athlete' registered the second highest SPARQ score at an event, posting a 110.67 'points'. Leaving no doubt about his athleticism Cole ran a 4.49 40 yard dash, had a 4.21 pro shuttle, a 32.5 power ball toss and recorded a 38.7 vertical jump. Another vital statistic, he has 4.0+ GPA and will graduate at or near the top of his class.
Burke, VALake Braddock
The Bruins senior led his team to their second consecutive Northern Region Division Six championship and set state records for passing yards (3,831), completions (262) and total yards (4,967) in a season with 38 touchdowns. Was named first team all state and offensive player of the year by VirginiaPreps.com, and was also an all-state pick by the Associated Press and the Virginia High School Coaches Association.
Stafford, VAColonial Forge
As the go-to guy in the passing game for a Colonial Forge offense that totaled 505 points on the season, the senior tight end grabbed 28 passes for 641 yards and nine touchdowns on the season recording nine multi-catch games. He was named first team all state by VirginiaPreps.com
In 2009, the Crabbers signal caller threw for 1,535 yards and 16 touchdowns with 480 rushing yards and 10 scores on the ground in leading his squad into the Division Five Eastern Region semifinals. Watford says of himself: "The best thing that I do on the field is throw the football but I still need to work on my footwork, especially in the pocket, and on keeping my eyes downfield when a play breaks down. Most importantly, I want to keep working on reading defenses."
Chesapeake, VAOscar Smith
The 6-foot-1, 189-pounder, who has already played more games (43) than most graduating seniors play in a lifetime, steps into a lead role for the Tigers this season as he will captain the defense from his inside 'backer position. Coach Rich Morgan says that Richardson is a physical player through and through. "He's just a defensive football player, some kids just have that. He's big, he's fast and he's strong. He is a Division I football player at outside backer or a 3-4 linebacker. People are going to have to project where he fits for them."
Virginia and Virginia Tech were the first to offer this Central Region lineman, but several others have joined in the pursuit of Goins. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder earned all-district last season with Manchester as they finished 6-4. "It was my second year starting and I saw a big improvement," Goins said. "I guess I'm a pretty good pass blocker. I don't think I allowed a sack this season."
Rarely does a high school football player receive state player of the year honors two years in a row, but Harrisonburg's Michael Holmes is an uncommonly talented football player. "Michael Holmes may be the best of the great tailbacks that have played at Harrisonburg" long-time coach Tim Sarver told VirginiaPreps.com. Sarver could not speak highly enough of his senior running back. Adding "This year, with only one returning starter on the offensive line, he rushed for 2,877 yards on 372 carries (averaging 7.7 yards per carry) and he is now the schools' career leader in rushing yards. This season he scored 41 touchdowns, and when you add in the extra points he scored a total of 248 points."
A three-year starter for the Eagles, the 6-foot-0, 210-pounder runs a 4.6 forty and is described by Coach Tommy Buzzo as "one of the hardest-working kids that I have ever coached, just a straight blue collar player."
A standout tailback for the Dominion Titans, Reaves shredded opposing defenses in the D.C. metro area to the tune of over 5,100 rushing yards in his sparkling career as Titan. The Sterling, Virginia native churned out over 1,700 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns this year and was named second team All-Met by The Washington Post. His accolades this past season did not stop with second team All-Met. The versatile running back was also named Offensive Player of the Year in the Dulles District, first team all-region, and first team all-state in AA.
The 6-foot-3, 218-pound defensive end helped Hermitage to their first undefeated regular season in school history. Bailey estimates that he recorded about 60 tackles with eight sacks. Those numbers are down a bit from his junior season and there may be a good reason for that. "I feel like I grew as a player this year," he said. "When I was a junior I was basically just in the nine technique as a defensive end, a straight off-the-edge guy. This year they put a big focus on stopping the run and I moved around a lot in the five and seven techniques. That probably had a big difference on the number of sacks I had because I didn't have as many as last year. It worked out for the team, though."