Virginia Top-30
Kent Hicks made the biggest move
Kent Hicks made the biggest move
ACC Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jul 22, 2003

After hours of reviewing and studying film, here is a pre-season look at the top thirty players in the state of Virginia.

1. Olu Hall 6-4/240/4.80 DE  Robinson HS

An athletic defensive end, Hall is a proven commodity at the position, and could quickly rise at the position nationally.  He shows excellent ability to stand his ground while reading and reacting to what is going on behind the ball, then moving in to strike like a ton of bricks.


2. Eddie Royal 5-10/170/4.34 WR  Westfield HS

One award sticks out when referring to Eddie Royal, and that is 2003 Blacksburg Nike Camp MVP.  One word sticks out when referring to him as well, and that is speed.  A blazing runner, Royal can take any reception for a touchdown, which scares most teams into playing more of a prevent defense, which only helps teammate Glennon's completion rate.
3. Andrew Bowman 6-1/220/4.60 LB  Hermitage HS

Nearly the prototypical middle linebacker, Bowman knows how to fill holes and flow freely from sideline.  He is a hard-nosed player at his position, and forces teams to attempt to run away from him, though usually to no avail.  Bowman had two vicious hits last season in which he knocked off an opposing player's helmet.


4. Kent Hicks 6-2/206/4.5 S  Culpepper HS

Kent Hicks

A very big safety currently, Hicks could easily grow into a linebacker at the collegiate level.  Hicks has a great frame, speed, tenacity, and a nose for the ball necessary to be a star at the next level.  The 6-foot-2, 206 pounder had a 4.13 pro shuttle and a 34.6 inch vertical while pushing the offensive players to the side until told to move back by the coaches in drills at the Virginia Tech Nike Camp.
5. Jerod Mayo 6-2/210/4.65 LB  Kecoughtan HS

Speed at the linebacker position is what teams throughout the region want, and a weakside linebacker with instincts and great form come in the package of Jerod Mayo.  He has the frame to put on twenty more pounds and play any of the three or four linebacker positions depending on the system.

6. Chris Long 6-4/250 DT  St. Anne's HS
  A very early commit for Virginia, the son of NFL Hall of Fame Howie Long, Chris is a savvy player for his size.  He has a great frame, and could be an impact for Virginia early in his career with the team as a defensive end in their 3-4 scheme.
7. Sean Glennon 6-3/180/4.75 QB  Westfield HS

Taking care of the ball is obviously important to Sean Glennon as he meticulously, though swiftly, checks down through his reads for the open man.  Glennon put up over 1,800 yards on 63% completion rate with 21 touchdowns and just four interceptions.  Even more staggering is how he has thrown seven total interceptions in his career.


8. Clint Sintim 6-3/240/4.80 DE  Gar-Field HS
  The recruitment for Sintim has surprised him as he thinks that he had an average year last year, but that just shows how little of the surface has been scratched with Sintim.  With seven sacks and 40 tackles as a junior, perhaps it was Sintim showing his 350 pound bench or 480 pound squat.  Whatever it is, Sintim has nearly double-digit offers at this point.
9. Jon Kirchner 6-5/260/4.90  DE  Rockbridge County HS

One word to describe Jon Kirchner would be hands.  With extremely strong hands, Kirchner has play after play in which he brings players down with just one hand on a jersey.  He also has good athletic ability for his size; enough such that he could play offensive line, defensive tackle, or defensive end in the right scheme.


10. Clarence Vaughn 6-2/190/4.40 WR  Robinson HS

As the third option in a running offense, Vaughn did not have much of an opportunity to brandish his offensive skills.  Perhaps the two best players at a recent All-Star game were the first and second options in the Robinson offense, and Vaughn has a big chance to step up this season.  Vaughn has a great frame for a receiver, soft hands, and explodes off the ball well.  He ran a 4.4 40 at a recent camp, but more schools want to see him run the 40 in front of them.
Best of the Rest:
11. Brandon Ore 6-2/195/4.40 RB  Indian River HS
12. Bush Hamdan 6-1/200/4.80 QB  Bishop O'Connell HS
13. Cedric Peerman 5-10/190/4.40 RB  William Campbell HS
14. Antwain Carey 6-0/205/4.30 RB  Deep Creek HS
15. Austin Casey 6-1/210/4.60 LB  Salem (Salem) HS
16. Ahmad Bradshaw 5-10/180/4.50 RB  Graham HS
17. Purnell┬áSturdivant 5-11/215/4.40  LB  Lake Taylor HS
18. Brandon Samuels 6-3/230/4.75 LB  Caroline HS
19. Lee Bujakowski 6-3/218/4.90 QB  Hopewell HS
20. A.J. Brown 6-0/190/4.55  S  Liberty (Bealeton) HS
21. Richard Taylor 5-10/190/4.40 S  Centreville HS
22. Devonta Brown 6-4/245/4.70 LB  Charlottesville HS
23. John Bradshaw 6-5/295/5.20 OL  Stafford HS
24. Ryan Pond 6-2/230/4.80 QB  Western Branch HS
25. Chris Spinner 6-2/220/4.70 LB  Libery (Bedford) HS
26. Zak Stair 6-6/280/5.00 OL  Osbourn Park HS
27. D.J. Grant 6-4/240/4.67 LB  Centreville HS
28. Brandon Holland 6-5/281/4.75 OL  Northside HS
29. Daniel Bailey 5-7/160/4.40 RB  Centreville HS
30. Jeremy Gilchrist 5-11/185/4.50 WR  Salem (Virginia Beach) HS

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