Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith defensive end Josh Sweat not only added a fifth star to his rating, but he also took over the top spot in the East Region class of 2015 rankings, which was just released.
Sweat was No. 3 in the region prior to his junior season, but the 6-foot-4, 230-pound athlete moved up after his first season playing extensively at the varsity level. He is now the No. 12 prospect nationally, and second-ranked defensive end.
Class of 2015 Scout 300
“Sweat is a long, lean athlete who really fires off the ball,” Scout.com Mid-Atlantic recruiting analyst Michael Clark said. “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 allows 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.”
The other two five-star prospects in the region are also from Virginia in Manassas Stonewall Jackson defensive tackle Tim Settle and Richmond St. Christopher outside linebacker Ricky DeBerry.
There are 34 prospects with four stars, and one of the players to make the biggest jump is Avon (Conn.) Old Farms tight end Chris Clark. He is one of four new four-star prospects in the Region, and jumped from the N0. 14 tight end to No. 4.
“Rankings mean a lot to me because I am a competitor,” Clark said. “I always want to be the best and am going to continue to work until I am the best tight end in the class of 2015. I want everyone to realize that.”
Also adding a fourth star in the class is Maryland commit E.J. Donahue, an offensive tackle from Frederick (Md.) Linganore, Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga cornerback Marcus Lewis, Glassboro (N.J.) High receiver Juwan Johnson and Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood offensive tackle Ryan Bates.
In addition, Kai Locksley of Baltimore’s The Gilman School was previously rated as a four-star receiver, but is now a four-star quarterback.
The East members of the Scout 300 also has a quintet of committed four-star prospects in Donahue, Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara cornerback Ashton White (Virginia Tech), Whitehall (Pa.) High running back Saquon Barkley (Rutgers), Morgantown (W.V.) High tight end Stone Wolfley (West Virginia) and Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep offensive guard Jon Runyan Jr. (Michigan).
A look at the East Region members of the Scout 300:
DE Josh Sweat, Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar F. Smith
DT Tim Settle, Manassas (Va.)Stonewall Jackson
OLB Ricky DeBerry, Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's School
DT Christian Wilkins. Suffield (Conn.) Academy
OT Isaiah Prince, Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt
OT Sterling Jenkins, Pittsburgh Baldwin
DE Kamonte Carter, Gaithersburg (Md.) High
OT Matthew Burrell, Woodbridge (Va.) C. D. Hylton
CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep
DE Tyrone Wheatley, Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius
MLB Jahvoni Simmons, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes
OG Richie Petitbon, Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga
TE Chris Clark, Avon (Conn.) Old Farms
RB Andre Robinson, Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt
WR Brandon Polk, Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods
CB John Reid, Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep
DT Adam McLean, Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard
DE Clelin Ferrell, Richmond (Va.) Benedictine
CB Jordan Whitehead, Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley
WR Jalen Christian, Damascus (Md.) High
OT E.J. Donahue, Frederick (Md.) Linganore
WR Jaason Lewis, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes
CB Marcus Lewis, Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga
WR Juwan Johnson Glassboro Glassboro
OT Grant Newsome, Lawrenceville (N.J.) School
OT Patrick Allen, Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin
CB Ashton White, Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara
OG Quarvez Boulware, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate
DT Darvin Taylor II, Chester (Va.) Thomas Dale
QB Brandon Wimbush, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep
RB Saquon Barkley, Whitehall (Pa.) High
QB Kai Locksley, Baltimore The Gilman School
OT Ryan Bates, Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood
RB Josh Adams, Warrington (Pa.) Central Bucks South
CB Garrett Taylor, Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's School
TE Stone Wolfley, Morgantown (W.V.) High
OG Jon Runyan, Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep