Recruiting: The Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor defensive end is a four-star prospect and the 101st-ranked player in the country. Back in January, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Holmes, who has over 20 scholarship offers, named a top eight in alphabetical order – Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, USC and Virginia Tech. He has since reopened with his recruitment. While he may be open, I expect him to ultimately end up and one of those schools, but keep an eye on Ohio State as well. Look for him to narrow his list down to five before the start of his senior season.
Bottom Line: Holmes was instrumental in Lake Taylor's 2012 state championship run, finishing with had 75 tackles, 40 tackles for loss and 12 sacks on defense. He also caught 24 passes for 352 yards and seven touchdowns on offense. Holmes really fires off the ball and does a good job using his hands to shed defenders. He also runs very well and does nice a job playing under control and pursuing the football. Once he gets into a college strength and conditioning program, the sky is the limit.
7. Jamil Kamara
Recruiting: The 6-foot-2, 203-pound Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan wide receiver is a four-star prospect and the 108th-ranked player in the country. Kamara claims over 20 offers, but said last week that N.C. State, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, LSU and Wisconsin were the schools standing out. He also said that of those schools, North Carolina and Virginia are the two schools in front. In the end, odds are that he ends up at one of those two schools, but watch out for N.C. State. Their new coaching staff has made up quite a bit of ground since being hired.
Bottom Line: Kamara made a smooth transition to a new school last fall. He finished his 2012 campaign with 42 catches for 820 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense. He also had 40 tackles and three interceptions on defense. Then on special teams, he returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns. Kamara has good size at 6-foot-2, 203 pounds and is very physical. One-on-one, he is extremely tough to cover. Kamara finds ways to get open and does a nice job of going to get the ball in the air at its highest point. Blessed with long arms and soft hands, Kamara makes catches that many high school players cannot. I expect him to be a major playmaker at the college level.
Recruiting: The 6-foot-2, 295-pound Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes defensive tackle is a four-star prospect and the 124th-ranked player in the country. Nnadi has double-digit offers, but recently said North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech are his top schools. I believe he has been a Virginia lean for some time and think he will end up committing to the Cavaliers sooner than later.
Bottom Line: Nnadi was unblockable last season, finishing with 167 total tackles, 27 tackles for a loss, 13 sacks, 19 hurries, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He does a nice job at the point of attack controlling the line of scrimmage. The Ocean Lakes' star plays with good leverage, is extremely strong, and does a good job using his hands to shed blockers. Nnadi‘s motor never stops and he plays with passion. He will get on the field early at the next level and has the potential to develop into a special player in college.
Recruiting: The 6-foot, 195-pound Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton quarterback is a four-star prospect and the 148th-ranked player in the country. McMillian has double-digit offers, but after a recent trip to the West Coast, Stanford and California are his top schools. Both have said they will offer after they receive his SAT scores. If that happens, he will likely end up at Stanford, but keep Georgia Tech, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech as they are also making a strong push for his services.
Bottom Line: Last season, McMillian threw for over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also ran for over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns. McMillian is a playmaker at quarterback. Although he does not have prototypical size, the C.D. Hylton signal-caller really knows how to play the position and is a great athlete. McMillian beats defenses with his arm and his feet. He has good pocket awareness and makes good decisions. The 2014 quarterback shows good accuracy and arm strength. While he could play other positions in college, his playmaking ability will make it hard to move him from quarterback.
10. Jeremiah Clarke
Recruiting: The 6-foot-5, 272-pound Alexandria (Va.) T.C. Williams defensive tackle has been one of the hottest prospects in the region in the past few months. Clark has double-digit offers and although he has not named any favorites, I think he will end up picking Maryland or Virginia.
Bottom Line: Despite breaking his hand in the fifth game last fall, Clarke played the entire season. He finished with 40 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, seven quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, a deflection and a blocked field goal. Clarke is big, strong and fast. He is extremely quick off the ball and really attacks the line of scrimmage. He has long arms, good hands and plays until the whistle blows. The scary thing is that he appears to be just scratching the surface on how good he can become. When he gets to college, look for him to add more weight to his frame and become a force on the defensive side of the ball.