To no one's surprise, Hermitage linebacker
Curtis Grant remains atop the rankings. Grant, who is ranked the ninth
best prospect in the country by Rivals.com, has approximately two dozen D-I
There was little change in our top ten which
was last "sorted" this past spring. Demetrious Nicholson, a
defensive back from Bayside and Landon Turner, an offensive lineman from
Harrisonburg who recently committed to North Carolina, switched positions
with Nicholson moving up to number three and Turner "falling" to number four.
Movers and Shakers
For those players that were previously ranked
in the Top 100, the biggest "Movers", those that moved up at least 20 spots in
the rankings include "athlete" Kerry Spellman, from Indian River. The
5-foot-9 Spellman holds two offers but continues to be somewhat of a "sleeper"
but moved up a total 34 slots from number 99 to our 65th ranked prospect.
Jerrell Jordan, who plays for the defending
state D-1 champion Altavista Colonels moved up from number 94 to number 73 and
is still looking to add to his lone offer from the Liberty University.
Another prospect on the move that is no longer
looking for offers is Chancellor offensive lineman Sam Marshall. Recently
Marshall made a verbal commitment to Duke. At 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds
Marshall had a number of other offers including one from Virginia. He
moves up to number 25 in our latest rankings, a jump of 20 spots from number 45.
Thompson Brown also moved up 20 spots, rising
to number 34. Unlike Marshall, Brown did not spurn the Cavaliers, as
earlier this summer he gave Mike London and UVa a verbal commitment. Brown
was injured much of last season, which hindered his earlier rankings but has
recovered and at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds looks to play defense when he arrives in
Charlottesville next fall.
There are nine newcomers to our August ranking
and the prospect making the biggest debut is Liberty Christian Academy wide
receiver Demetri Knowles. The 6-foot-1, 175 pound wide receiver who comes in at
number 44. hails from the Bahamas and lists an offer from Virginia.
He may give the Cavaliers a commitment after his parents visit Charlottesville
later this fall.
Another prospect making his first appearance in
our Top 100 ranking has already decided on his college destination. Josh Woodrum
a 6-foot-3 quarterback from Cave Spring High School in Roanoke is ranked number
49. Woodrum gave a verbal commitment to Liberty University earlier this
year and despite a recent offer from Wake Forest has reaffirmed his allegiance
to the Flames.
Domonique Lennon, a 6-foot-2 187 pound
"athlete" is another "first timer" to our rankings. Lennon, who like
Knowles plays for a private school, and rotates among several positions for
Nansemond Suffolk Academy. In fact led NSA to the VIS Division 2 state
title a year ago. East Carolina must like what they have seen
in Lennon, as he accepted a scholarship offer from the Pirates earlier this
Other newcomers to our Top 100 include: George
Riddick, a two way lineman from Kings Fork at number 71, Nagee Jackson a running
back from Battlefield at number 93, Derek Brinkley a defensive lineman from Bath
County at number 94, Robert Clanagan a linebacker from Stonewall Jackson
(Manassas) at number 96, Michael Wyche a defensive lineman from Oscar Smith at
number 98 and Ted Kefalas and offensive lineman from Mills Godwin at number 99.
VirginiaPreps.com will be revising its rankings
again following the season, so there will be plenty of opportunities for
prospects to rise (and fall) before the final rankings are released.