Sweat discusses recruitment

Over the past several months, Josh Sweat has become one of the most sought-after football recruits in the country. The 2015 Chesapeake (Va.) five-star Oscar Smith defensive end spoke with Scout.com about the latest developments in his recruitment.

Almost a year ago, Josh Sweat exploded onto the recruiting scene with a dominant performance at the NFTC in Ashburn, Va. Since that time, he has picked up offers from across the country.

Which schools has he the most contact with recently?

"Over the past few months, I've been talking with Florida State, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Ohio State," said the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Sweat. "And there's a lot more."

Last weekend, he went to Virginia Tech, which was his first college visit this year.

"It was actually great," Sweat said. "I liked pretty much everything I saw up there and I got a lot of love from the coaches.

"My favorite part was probably talking to (tight ends) coach Bryan Stinespring," he said. "He said they need me at Virginia Tech and that I could be a big help."

His most recent offer came from across the country.

"My latest offer was from Oregon," Sweat said. "West Coast offers are hard to get all the way across the country, so obviously it meant a lot.

"Every offer is pretty big, but getting one from a big-time program like that – I'm excited about it."

He is the process of scheduling more visits.

"Right now, I don't have any visits set up, but I will soon," he said. "Off the top of my head, I know I want to check out Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee and I want to take some visits on the West Coast. When I go to the Nike Opening, I want to visit Oregon and USC — and maybe UCLA."

Sweat claims no favorites at this time, but admitted he has developed a strong relationship with two coaches.

"I have really good relationships with Stinespring at Virginia Tech and (wide receivers) coach (Zach) Azzanni at Tennessee," Sweat said.

"Coach Stinespring just loves me and our relationship is getting stronger.

"Coach Azzanni — we talk once a week. So I'd say I talk to him the most."

The Oscar Smith standout has a timeline for his decision.

"I'll probably trim my list to five early in the season and make my decision at an All-American game," he said. "The school has to have a good combination of academics and athletics.

"Getting my degree is really important, where I can fit in and my relationship with the coaches. Those are the biggest three factors."

Sweat finished his junior season with 94 tackles and 24 sacks.

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