The Opening: Previewing Josh Sweat

Scout.com is profiling each member from the East Region heading to The Opening this week at Nike's headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, and in this installment we look at five-star uncommitted defensive end Josh Sweat.

Josh Sweat

Position: Defensive end
Team: Alpha Pro
Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 240
High school: Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith


Recruiting Situation: Whether Sweat decides to stay home or go away will shape his recruitment. Virginia Tech is a strong contender, but Sweat made visits to Ohio State, Tennessee and Georgia last month. He plans on visiting Florida State this month, and although he is yet to cut his list, he said the schools he visited and planned to visit were the ones in the best shape.


Scouting Report: Sweat is a long, lean athlete who really fires off the ball. He has tremendous quickness and very active hands. Despite weighing only 230 pounds, Sweat is deceptively strong and plays with good leverage. The combination of all the aforementioned things allow Sweat to completely overwhelm most offensive linemen at the high school level. Overall, Sweat may have the most upside of any prospect in the East Region. – Michael Clark, Scout.com recruiting analyst


At Stake: Sweat has a chance to make a huge impact and move into the top five of the 2015 class. He is already a five-star and the No. 2 defensive end in the class, and No. 6 prospect overall, so a lot of eyes will be on him. His speed off the edge is ridiculous, and he can also go inside. There should be a few gasps from the onlookers as he tries to dominate the competition, and move higher in the 2015 rankings. He is already the No. 1 player in the East Region.



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