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VirginiaPreps Class of 2015 Top Football Prospects

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Rank Name Pos Location Stars Ht Wt School
#1Josh SweatDE
Chesapeake, VAOscar Smith

Last year, as college recruiters made their way to Oscar Smith High School to check out five-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown, they discovered another rising star along the defensive front in Josh Sweat, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end with freakish athletic ability. At a recent combine event, the Tigers big man set the internet and Twitter ablaze by recording a 4.59 laser-timed forty, a 4.09 shuttle, a 35.5-inch vertical and a 40-foot power ball toss showing off everything that a coach could want in a player at the next level.

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5 stars6'5"236Florida St.
#2Garrett TaylorDB
Richmond, VASt. Christopher's

Garrett, currently ranked No. 41 in the Rivals100, has offers from schools like Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, Penn State and many others. "My top five schools are Stanford, Michigan, Tennessee, Michigan State and South Carolina," said the 6-foot-1, 188-pound Taylor. "I would say the top two are interchangeable between Michigan and Stanford. Then next would be Tennessee and then Michigan State and South Carolina. It's sort of a three-tiered system.

4 stars6'0"196Penn St.
#3Jahvoni SimmonsLB
Virginia Beach, VAOcean Lakes

The Dolphins Class of 2015 prospect list is headed up by a pair of big-time recruits including four-star linebacker Jahvoni Simmons, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound defender who recently picked up offers from Clemson and Miami who joined Illinois, James Madison, North Carolina, Ohio State, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin as schools currently chasing the junior. Last fall he totaled 23 solo tackles, 83 assists, 20 tackles for loss, six pass break ups, four interceptions and one forced fumble for the 12-1 Dolphins; numbers that earned him a spot on the 6A All-State squad.

4 stars6'0"230Virginia
#4Ricky DeBerryLB
Mechanicsville, VAAtlee

The first offer for linebacker Ricky DeBerry came after his freshman season at St. Christopher's and the offers have been coming in steady ever since then. DeBerry is ranked the No. 91 overall player in the country and the No. 6 outside linebacker.

4 stars6'2"231Oklahoma
#5Matthew Burrell Jr.OL
Woodbridge, VAC. D. Hylton

The No. 135 rated player in the country has come a long way from a skinny defensive end a couple years ago. "My technique improved so much and before as a sophomore I was like 270 pounds. I was skinny, played defensive end, got bigger and kept my quickness and then the staff here at CD Hylton really defined my technique and it showed a big difference in my game," he explained. "I think the biggest thing for me was being consistent. Once that started to happen, my confidence started going up a lot and just being consistent in being very physical and finishing the plays hard. I looked at my highlight tape as a sophomore or junior and it's just two totally different people blocking, pushing helmets and throwing kids. I even pushed one kid into the goal post, so I guess I'm doing something right."

4 stars6'4"300Ohio St.
#6Tim SettleDT
Manassas, VAStonewall Jackson

Settle, a four-star defensive tackle, is one of the top recruits for 2015. Currently ranked 52nd in the nation, the talented defensive tackle has nearly 30 scholarship offers. Holding offers from big-time programs such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State and USC, being close to him isn't too important when considered where he weill go. "At first it was very important, but now, it's really not. It's going to be about me. I know my family wants to get out there and see me," he said. His goal is just to get better. "My sophomore year, I was a lot faster. Last year, I was a lot stronger. Now I just want to add it together, get stronger and faster," he said.

4 stars6'2"325Virginia Tech
#7Clelin FerrellDE
Richmond, VABenedictine School

One of the hottest names from the junior class is defensive end Clelin Ferrell from Benedictine as the 6-foot-5, 220-pound picked up an offer from Tennessee recently which upped his total to eleven offers with the Vols joining Charlotte, Clemson, Florida State, Iowa, James Madison, Marshall, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and West Virginia as programs who have thrown their hat into the ring for his services.

4 stars6'5"220Clemson
#8Austin ClarkOL
Lexington, VARockbridge

It doesn't take much digging in Rockbridge County if you are looking for a diamond. Rivals 4-star athlete Austin Clark has been shining brightly for some time now on the Wildcats offensive line and the success has certainly not gone unnoticed. The 6-foot-6, 290 pounder picked up his first offer from the University of Virginia in May of the 2012-2013 school year. Since then, the Class of 2015 prospect has garnered several other scholarship offers including one from Ohio State University which raised his total number to 14.

4 stars6'5"297Virginia Tech
#9AJ TurnerRB
Clifton, VACentreville

As the Centreville Wildcats rolled through their 2013 state championship campaign beating every opponent that they faced by at least three touchdowns their star players racked up a lot of impressive plays and numbers. However, as someone who earned first team all-state spots at three different positions, it was clear that AJ Turner was the team's best overall player, arguably the best football player in the entire state!

3 stars5'10"180South Carolina
#10Jason LewisRB
Virginia Beach, VAOcean Lakes

The 6-foot-2, 233-pounder is among the most impressive-looking athletes in the state and he stood out for Ocean Lakes in 2013 on both sides of the ball by rushing for 487 yards and ten touchdowns to go with his 33 receptions for 513 yards and six scores from his wide receiver spot while adding eight pass break ups, seven tackles for loss, two interceptions, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as the team's strong safety.

4 stars6'4"246Arizona St.
#11Darvin Taylor IIDTChester, VAThomas Dale4 stars6'2"311Florida St.
#12Chad SmithLBSterling, VADominion4 stars6'3"214Clemson
#12Trevion ArmstrongWRRichmond, VATrinity Episcopal3 stars6'2"220Nevada
#13Trevon HillDEVirginia Beach, VASalem3 stars6'4"220Virginia Tech
#14Brandon PolkWRAshburn, VABriar Woods3 stars5'9"163Penn St.
#15Deshawn McCleaseRBChesapeake, VAOscar Smith4 stars5'10"178Virginia Tech
#16Aaron CrawfordDTAshburn, VAStone Bridge3 stars6'0"303N. Carolina
#17Harry LewisDTHampton, VAPhoebus3 stars6'0"260Virginia Tech
#18Juan ThornhillDBAltavista, VAAltavista3 stars6'1"175Virginia
#19Aramis AlexanderWRBurke, VALake Braddock3 stars6'2"222Ohio St.
#20Justin SkuleOLClifton, VACentreville3 stars6'6"305Vanderbilt
#21Chuck DavisDBAshburn, VABroad Run2 stars5'11"170list
#22Nhyre QuinerlyDBNorfolk, VALake Taylor3 stars5'10"170East Carolina
#23Chance HallOLRoanoke, VANorthside3 stars6'4"290Tennessee
#24Gary JenningsATHStafford, VAColonial Forge3 stars6'2"195West Virginia
#25Jamez BrickhouseDB3 stars5'10"165Old Dominion