Virginia Top-30

Olu still on top?

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

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. Clint Sintim 6-3/240/4.80 DE  Gar-Field HS
  Clint Sintim 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 many offers at this point.
8. 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, and he will take those numbers with him to Virginia Tech.

 

 
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. Purnell Sturdivant 5-11/215/4.40  S  Lake Taylor HS
 

Purnell Sturdivant

Quickly rising among the elite in the state of Virginia, Sturdivant has a great body, speed, and can knock the snot out of people.  Though an undersized linebacker, we project him to play safety or even running back in college.
Best of the Rest:
11. Clarence Vaughn 6-2/190/4.40 WR  Robinson HS
12. Brandon Ore 6-2/195/4.40 RB  Indian River 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. Bush Hamdan 6-1/200/4.80 QB  Bishop O'Connell HS
16. Richard Taylor 5-10/190/4.40 S  Centreville HS
17. D.J. Grant 6-4/240/4.67 LB  Centreville HS
18. Ahmad Bradshaw 5-10/180/4.50 RB  Graham HS
19. A.J. Brown 6-0/190/4.55  S  Liberty (Bealeton) HS
20. Zak Stair 6-6/280/5.00 OL  Osbourn Park HS
21. Brandon Samuels 6-3/230/4.75 LB  Caroline HS
22. Austin Casey 6-1/210/4.60 LB  Salem (Salem) HS
23. Lee Bujakowski 6-3/218/4.90 QB  Hopewell HS
24. Devonta Brown 6-4/245/4.70 LB  Charlottesville HS
25. John Bradshaw 6-5/295/5.20 OL  Stafford HS
26. Ryan Pond 6-2/230/4.80 QB  Western Branch HS
27. Jeremy Gilchrist 5-11/185/4.50 WR  Salem (Virginia Beach) HS
28. Chris Spinner 6-2/220/4.70 LB  Libery (Bedford) HS
29. Brandon Holland 6-5/281/4.75 OL  Northside HS
30. Rashad Jennings 6-2/265/4.60 DE  Lynchburg Christian HS

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