Although the region was top heavy with players from Virginia, the talent was spread across the states as Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Washington, D.C., each produced four-star prospects.
When it came to the final East 150 in the Scout.com final rankings for the region, New Jersey (33), Pennsylvania (32), Virginia (31) and Maryland (28) produced the most, but each state had its own array of talent but much of the region’s talent decided not to stay home in the 2014 class.
Schools from across the Midwest and Southeast came in and picked up the top talent, and the local programs all struggled to keep the best talent home.
Here is a look at the state-by-state rankings of the region:
Connecticut Top 10
Connecticut didn’t have the in-state pull like a year ago when it grabbed a lot of the top players in the state, and part of it could be because of the coaching change.
Boston College grabbed the top player in Norwich Free Academy running back Marcus Outlow, and Syracuse and Pittsburgh also came in and landed a player apiece in West Haven running back Ervin Phillips and Wallingford Choate Rosemary Hall offensive guard Connor Dintino, respectively.
Delaware Top 5
Penn State did well in landing the top two players in the state in four-star receiver Chris Godwin of Middletown High and middle linebacker Troy Reeder of Wilmington Salesianum School.
However, Boston College extended its reach with dual threat quarterback Darius Wade of Middletown High and Pittsburgh landed Salesianum tight end Brian O’Neil, who could morph into an offensive lineman.
Maryland Top 50
Although Maryland is heading to the Big Ten, it didn’t show in terms of local recruiting as the Terps struggled to land the top talent.
The top player in the state, four-star offensive tackle Damian Prince of Forestville Bishop McNamara, remains on Maryland’s radar, but the Terps missed on the next five prospects in the state.
There is plenty of talent at the top of Maryland’s rankings on the line of scrimmage with 10 of the top 21 players being offensive or defensive linemen.
Massachusetts Top 10
Boston College did a strong job close to home by getting the top player in the state in Needham St. Sebastian’s linebacker Connor Strachan, and the Eagles finished with five of the top eight players.
Wisconsin dipped into Everett High for a defensive back for the second straight year, this time landing Lubern Figaro.
New Jersey Top 50
Rutgers’ grip on the state took a considerable slide as Michigan, Miami, Notre Dame, Penn State, Maryland, Northwestern and Ohio State each grabbed commitments from members of the Top 10.
Rutgers still has Englishtown Manalapan four-star receiver Saeed Blacknall (No. 3) committed, but even that seems tenuous after he spend Sunday at Penn State.
Notre Dame made the biggest noise in the state by getting early commitments from Red Bank Catholic offensive tackle Quenton Nelson and Demarest Northern Valley Regional defensive end Andrew Trumbetti, both of whom are in the top five.
New York Top 15
It is the strangeness of recruiting, and the difficulty of Syracuse’s reach extending into New York City and Long Island showed as the Orange landed only one player in the Top 10, although it really only went after a handful of them.
Instead the top five players in the state are heading to Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.
Pennsylvania Top 50
If the theme sounds familiar, well, it is. Pittsburgh landed the No. 3 prospect in the state in Pittsburgh Mt. Lebanon four-star offensive tackle Alex Bookser, but he was also the only player in the Top 15 to select the Panthers.
Instead, four-star local talent like Washington High running back Shai McKenzie, Aliquippa High cornerback Dravon Henry and Monroeville Gateway safety Montae Nicholson each headed out of state.
Virginia Top 60
The Commonwealth produced plenty of top end talent and Virginia did a great job of keeping it home.
Cavaliers coach Mike London landed five stars Quin Blanding, a safety from Virginia Beach Bayside and, and Andrew Brown, a defensive tackle from Chesapeake Oscar Smith, as well as four stars Steven Moss, a guard from Fredericksburg Chancellor and Jamil Kamara, a receiver from Virginia Beach Bishop Sullivan.
The state also has a pair of high-level uncommitted prospects in Virginia Beach Ocean Lakes four-star defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi and Richmon Benedictine four-star outside linebacker Raymon Minor.
Washington D.C. Top 10
Washington D.C., the top player is four-star cornerback
of Friendship Collegiate Academy, a commit to Florida.
West Virginia Top 1
Finally, West Virginia is home to Mountaineers commit
Amanii Brown, who plays in the shadows of West Virginia University at Morgantown High.