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VirginiaPreps Class of 2012 Top 25 Football Prospects

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Rank Name Pos Location Stars Ht Wt School
#1Eli HaroldDE
Virginia Beach, VAOcean Lakes

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach has the athleticism and the versatility to contribute at any number of positions in college. Matthew Hatfield wrote of Harold: Measuring in at 6-foot-4, 220-pounds, Harold possesses some unique abilities playing both sides of the ball, which translates into him being one of the most sought after recruits on the East Coast. An Army All-American, should be a future star for the Virginia Cavaliers.

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#2Joel CalebATH
Midlothian, VAClover Hill

The four-star prospect who is ranked the #44 prospect in the nation by and had an offer sheet rivaling any in the country which means recruiting season has kept him busy. The rising senior accounted for 2,196 yards and 28 touchdowns on offense last season for Clover Hill. The Hokies are the proud winners of the Caleb recruiting sweepstakes!

6'2"201Virginia Tech
#3Alex CarterDB
Ashburn, VABriar Woods

Rod Johnson wrote of Carter: In searching the state for top prospects, one would have a difficult time finding a more complete prospect than this Class of 2012 player who has already committed to Stanford. As bold as it may sound and while it's still very early, don't rule out NFL projections for this guy as he appears mentally and physically ready. Alert and focused, Carter brings the total package of smarts and talents to the table. He's got huge arms, terrific athletic ability and when you combine that with savvy, it makes him a difference maker in the secondary.

#4J.C. ColemanRB
Chesapeake, VAOscar Smith

An early commit to Virginia Tech, Coleman is also a standout in the classroom with a 3.8 GPA. Coleman helped the Oscar Smith Tigers notch a 13-1 record last season by rushing for nearly 1,400 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns as the Chesapeake program won their third straight Division Six Eastern Region championship.

5'7"169Virginia Tech
#5Ken EkanemLB
Clifton, VACentreville

Centreville's Ken Ekanem has long been considered a big-time football prospect but only more recently has his recruitment really hit the national scene. Ekanem is the No. 185 prospect in the nation according to the Rivals250. Notre Dame and Oregon were just two of the offers. Announced for the Hokies on National Signing Day!

6'3"226Virginia Tech
#6Deon ClarkeLB
Chesterfield, VALloyd C Bird

The 2010 Dominion District defensive player of the year, Clarke was also named first team all-region and second team all-state and is expected to be among the more highly-recruited players in the state after collecting 98 solo tackles, 14 sacks, four forced fumbles, two recoveries, one returned for a touchdown. Clark holds down the No. 142 spot in the initial Rivals250 rankings. He has received a four-star ranking by Another 'big get' for the Hokies.

6'2"205Virginia Tech
#7Kwontie MooreLB
Norfolk, VANorfolk Christian School

Norfolk Christian's Kwontie Moore committed early to the University of Virginia. Mike London's Cavaliers are getting themselves a good one. A natural who is a cut above the rest, Moore showed great leadership throughout his senior season. the afternoon. Some think he's a little on the stiff side, but he is explosive when he puts the pads on.

#8Korren KirvenDT
Lynchburg, VABrookville

Rod Johnson wrote: One look at the offer sheet of Brookville High School's defensive tackle Korren Kirven let's you know that he has not only one of the most sought after players in the state but also one of the busiest in the country as the Bees standout has been hearing from virtually every major conference in the nation. Signed with Alabama on February 1.

#9Trey EdmundsLB
Ringgold, VADan River

"Trey is a very mature kid, the one thing I like about him is his leadership," Dan River head coach Ferrell Edmunds said about his son and 2012 linebacker Trey Edmunds. "Trey brings a lot of leadership and is very positive. He tries to get every kid on the team on offense and defense involved in the game plan." Another outstanding linebacker recruit for Frank Beamer and the Hokies.

6'2"205Virginia Tech
#10Devin VandykeLB
Lorton, VASouth County

The younger brother of Virginia Tech commit Ronny Vandyke, the rising senior has the potential to be a defensive playmaker on any college program’s second level. South County coach Pete Bendorf says of Vandyke: In the offseason he put on 15-pounds and is up to 195 now. His strength has gone off the charts. He's really blossomed. He went to Virginia's one day and was the fastest linebacker there.... Will play at VT with his brother.

6'1"203Virginia Tech
#11Anthony CooperWR
Virginia Beach, VABayside

The Marlins star is versatile enough to be an all-state candidate on both sides of the ball and electric enough to be considered the top returner in the Commonwealth. Cooper had a great junior season hauling in 40 receptions for 900 yards and 15 touchdowns, firmly establishing himself as one of the region's top wide receiver prospects. He is ranked a three-star prospect by, with a rating of 5.7, indicating that he's on the cusp of four-star status.

#12Win HomerOL
Christchurch, VAChristchurch School

Homer decided to end his recruitment early by picking Boston College in May. Virginia and Virginia Tech were also under consideration but Boston College won out for his services.

6'5"245Boston Coll.
#13Courtnye WynnDE
Norfolk, VANorfolk Christian School

With almost a dozen offers including several from Big Ten and ACC schools, Wynne's ranking has steadily moved up the charts. Wynn also plays for Norfolk Christian's basketball team. Our evaluators said of Wynn " at the next level he's the ideal edge rusher who will be a force getting after quarterbacks at either defensive end or outside linebacker. Watch Wynn walk around and he is one that stands out, and the same can be said when watching him go through drills."

#14CJ ProsiseDB
Woodberry Forest, VAWoodberry Forest School

Projects as a safety at the college level but will likely also serve on the special teams as both a punt and kick returner. Along with sporting an impressive frame, Prosise shows outstanding athletic ability registering a 4.59 forty with impressive weight room numbers including a 335-pound squat, 205-pound clean and 200-pound bench. Woodberry Coach Clint Alexander describes his standout as an "amazing athlete. C.J. plays receiver and safety for us and is also a punt and kick returner as well. He had four returns for touchdowns last year. He is a special player who attacks the ball in the air and is deceptively fast because of his long strides."

6'1"202Notre Dame
#15Nigel WilliamsDT
Richmond, VABenedictine School

A private school standout, Williams posted 28 solo tackles and eight sacks along with 15 receptions for 252-yards while earning first team all-state and second team all-metro honors as a junior. A starter on the Cadets basketball team, Williams exhibits outstanding athleticism and feet for a prospect his size. Should be an impact player for the Hokies.

6'3"260Virginia Tech
#16Desmond FryeDB
Chester, VAThomas Dale

In 2010, Frye picked off four passes, broke up another ten and recorded 56 tackles on the defensive side of the ball while grabbing 23 passes for 510 yards and six touchdowns out of the offensive huddle. Says Thomas Dale coach Kevin Tucker, "Desmond has big play ability at wide receiver and likes to lay the wood at safety. He has some of the best hands I have ever seen and can jump through the roof."

6'1"168Virginia Tech
#17Andre Miles-RedmondOL
Richmond, VAHermitage

Obviously size is a big plus but Hermitage coack Patrick Kane indicated that it's the big guy's overall play and potential that most intrigues the college coaches. "He is extremely athletic for a kid his size. He's 260 pounds with a very small amount of body fat so he is the kind of kid, I think, who could very easily put on 30 or 40 pounds and carry it extremely well. We used at tackle where he was able to reach any defensive end that he came up against. That is what shows up most on his film."

#18Mark HallLB
Virginia Beach, VAGreen Run

Green Run linebacker Mark Hall became the first prospect in the class of 2012 to verbally commit to Virginia in late February. Cavalier fans are going to like Halls size and love his ability to run and make plays. His athleticism shows on both the gridiron and on the hardcourt as Hall may be the most talented player on the Stallions basketball roster despite football being his top sport. A fluid player with the frame to add bulk, Hall could project as an outside linebacker, inside linebacker or even as a rush defensive end depending on how he develops.

#19Tyrell ChavisOL
Richmond, VAVarina

Perhaps our most under-rated prospect, Chavis looks to have the ability to play on Sundays after his stop in Charlottesville. May have to Prep, but determined to be a Cavalier.

#20Brenden MotleyATH
Christiansburg, VAChristiansburg

Motley is a two-sport (football and basketball) star for Christiansburg posting 1,142-yards passing and 564-yards rushing along with 17 total touchdowns and eight interceptions. The year earned him first team all-district both ways as well as district player of the year, second team all-region quarterback and honorable mention all-region on defense.

6'3"200Virginia Tech
#21Der'Woun GreeneDB
Portsmouth, VAWoodrow Wilson

A lifelong fan of the Virginia Tech football program, Greene was excited that the Hokies were the first to offer him. Also a standout in the classroom, Greene did not hesitate to give the Hokies an early commitment.

5'10"175Virginia Tech
#22Dakota JacksonTE
Roanoke, VANorthside

A first team all state pick as a junior at tight-end by the Associated Press and Virginia High School Coaches Association. The Class of 2012 prospect made big plays for the Vikings defense notching 11 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and 18 quarterback hurries last season. Jackson ended his recruitment early with a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech.

6'4"250Virginia Tech
#23Maurice CanadyATH
Richmond, VAVarina

Along with Tyrell Chavis, gave Varina two of the state's top prospects and also like Chavis will be playing for Mike London at Virginia. Versatile athlete who could a number of positions at the next level.

#24Augie ConteOL
Powhatan, VABlessed Sacrament Huguenot

Private school, late bloomer, Conte had big time interest from both Virginia and Virginia Tech and ended up picking the Hokies. VT fans are glad he did!

6'6"270Virginia Tech
#25Mario NixonWR
Norfolk, VANorfolk Christian School

Last fall at Norfolk Christian, Nixon racked up 700 receiving yards and eight touchdowns as the school's go-to guy on the outside. It's not totally clear what position Nixon is best suited for in college. What will happen and what he wants to happen might be two different things. "I'm hoping I get to play wide receiver," he admitted. "That's what I really want to play."

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