With recruiting sped up and many BCS programs more than halfway done with their 2014 class, FOXSportsNEXT brings a look at the top players in East Region in the 2015 class. The series concludes with Virginia.
Tim Settle, DT, Stonewall Jackson High, Manassas
Skinny: Settle is the top prospect in the region. The 6-foot-3, 307-pound Settle has a combination of power and quickness, combined with violent hands, and it make him virtually unblockable at the high school level. He has an early top five, in order, of Virginia, Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma and Florida.
Josh Sweat, DE, Oscar Smith High, Chesapeake
Skinny: Last fall, Sweat was a reserve for a talented Oscar Smith team. However, the 6-4, 223-pound defensive lineman had a breakout performance at the Washington, D.C., NFTC in April. Going against some of the top offensive lineman in the country, Sweat used his long, lean frame and tremendous quickness to win every rep. After the camp, Sweat's recruitment exploded and he now he holds double-digit scholarship offers. Florida State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin are among the schools that have offered.
Ricky DeBerry, OLB, St. Christopher's School, Richmond
Skinny: DeBerry already has more than 40 scholarship offers. The 6-2, 235-pound linebacker has a unique combination of power and speed. He has the ability to play in space or with his hand on the ground. DeBerry does a nice job shedding blockers and plays sideline to sideline. There is no doubt he is one of the top players at his position in the country. Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Penn State, USC, Virginia, and Wisconsin are some of the schools that have offered the St. Christopher's star.
Matthew Burrell, OT, C.D. Hylton High, Woodbridge
Skinny: Burrell has everything you look for in an offensive tackle. The 6-5, 285-pound Burrell is strong, athletic and plays with good leverage. Like the aforementioned prospects, he is one of the top players at his position in the nation. More than 20 schools have offered Burrell, including Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.
Jaason Lewis, WR/HB, Ocean Lakes High, Virginia Beach
Skinny: At 6-3 and 233 pounds, Lewis is one of the more physically impressive wide receivers you will see at the high school level. That size, combined with his strength and speed, make him a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. He will go across the middle and make the tough catch and also has the ability to beat defenses deep. He is closing in on 20 offers and among those schools are Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.
Garrett Taylor, CB, St. Christopher's School, Richmond
Skinny: Taylor is a bigger cornerback at 6-1, 187 pounds. He is smooth in and out of his backpedal, has fluid hips and covers a lot of ground in the secondary. His offer list has swelled near 20 as Clemson, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Ole Miss, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
Brandon Polk, WR, Briar Woods High, Ashburn
Skinny: Polk is one of the most explosive playmakers in the 2015 class. Last spring, the 5-10, 165-pound wide receiver was the state champion in the 100 (10.65 seconds) and 200 meters (21.74). He will need to continue to get stronger, but has a huge upside. Polk holds offers from Maryland, Old Dominion, Stanford, UNC-Charlotte, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Jahvoni Simmons, MLB, Ocean Lakes High, Virginia Beach
Skinny: The 6-1, 230-pound Simmons began starting on varsity his freshman season and is a prototypical middle linebacker. He has good instincts and is extremely physical. Another thing to like about Simmons is that he plays both the run and pass very well, which is not usually the case for middle linebackers at the high school level. He has offers from North Carolina, Ohio State, Old Dominion, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.
Clelin Ferrell, DE, Benedictine College Preparatory, Richmond
Skinny: Ferrell is a prospect whose recruitment has really picked up steam in the past few months. The 6-5, 225-pound Ferrell has a great frame and could easily carry another 50 pounds. He is long prospect with good athleticism and quickness. Clemson, East Carolina, Iowa, James Madison, Marshall, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, UNC-Charlotte and Virginia Tech have all offered.
Darvin Taylor II, DT, Thomas Dale High, Chester
Skinny: Taylor II plays with great leverage and is very powerful. The 6-4, 290-pound defensive lineman is also very agile, quick and relentless. Along with all those tools, Taylor II has the ideal frame for a college defensive tackle and his recruitment will continue to gain momentum this fall. He has offers from Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, N.C. State, Old Dominion, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Other names to know
Mike Majette, WR, Woodbridge High
Jermaal Wells, QB, Smithfield High
DeShawn McClease, RB, Oscar Smith High, Chesapeake
A.J. Alexander, WR, Lake Braddock Secondary, Burke
Trevion Armstrong, WR, Matoaca High, Chesterfield
Quincy Watts, WR, Ocean Lakes High, Virginia Beach
Austin Clark, OT, Rockbridge County High, Lexington
Chance Hall, DT, Northside High, Roanoke
Trevon Hill, DE, Salem High, Virginia Beach
Harry Lewis, DT, Phoebus High, Hampton
Jamez Brickhouse, CB, Bayside High, Virginia Beach
Nhyre Quinerly, CB, Lake Taylor High, Norfolk
Chuck Davis, CB, Broad Run High, Ashburn