Postseason Top 30

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The Top 10

After giving very serious consideration to several other prospects, I decided to keep Maury offensive tackle Vinston Painter in the top spot. The 6-6, 315-pound Painter, a two-time first-team all-state selection, enjoyed another good season in 2007. He has all of the tools – size, strength, footwork – to become a stud tackle at Virginia Tech, which he chose over offers from Florida, Georgia, Miami and Penn State, among many others.

In what is a significant change from the Preseason ranks, Smithfield star Dyrell Roberts finishes the year as the number two prospect in the state of Virginia. Roberts projects as a wide receiver in college but dominated at running back this season, rushing for over 2,200 yards and totaling 43 touchdowns. He has demonstrated excellent receiving ability as well, showing nice hands a receiver. Roberts, a 6-2, 195-pound prospect, is a terrific athlete, smooth in his cuts, elusive and fast. He has excellent upside at the wide receiver position.

Falling to the third spot is no real reflection on how high I am on Ryan Williams talents. It was unfortunate that, once again, injuries kept him from playing an entire season. He finished with 867 yards rushing and nine touchdowns in just seven games in 2007. When healthy, the 5-10, 205-pound Williams displays excellent cutting ability, quickness, acceleration through the hole and the speed to break the big play.

6-6, 195-pound Westfield quarterback Mike Glennon led his team to a Group AAA, Division 6 state championship this season, proving that he is the most polished quarterback recruit in the state in this class. Glennon’s size is an obvious asset for him, allowing him to easily scan the entire field from the pocket. He also shows nice poise in the pocket and is a good enough athlete to create time if needed. An accurate quarterback with a strong arm, Glennon completed 65-percent of his passes while throwing for over 2,500 yards and 32 touchdowns to only seven interceptions.

A two-time all-Group A first-team selection, Goochland’s D.J. Coles carried his team to an undefeated regular season this year, following up a state championship run in 2006. Despite not being 100-percent to start the season due to a hamstring injury, Coles finished 2007 with 1,344 yards and 22 touchdowns, averaging just over 14 yards per carry. He primarily played running back for Goochland but projects initially as a wide receiver at Virginia Tech. He has excellent size at 6-3 and a solid 200 pounds, and he has the big-play speed to match.

6-7, 325-pound offensive lineman/defensive tackle Bobby Massie earned first-team all-state honors on both sides of the ball his senior season. He led Liberty Christian Academy to a state championship title. With his size and ability, he dominated lesser competition on both sides of the ball. Physically, he has outstanding ability on either side of the ball, and if it weren’t for his academic status he likely would have been courted by many, many other Division 1A programs.

Bayside’s E.J. Manuel, a Florida State commit, has the tools to be a very good college quarterback. He has a strong arm, good size at 6-4, 210 pounds, and athleticism. The biggest question for me is that he has not been able to put out that dominant high school season, though he did have a good 2007 year with over 500 yards rushing and 1,800 yards passing with 18 touchdown passes to only five interceptions. I do think he has very good upside and it will be interesting to monitor his college career, as he has been the subject of quite a bit of debate in this class.

6-3, 180-pound wide receiver Deion Walker had a tough senior season because of a painful turf toe injury, which caused him to miss some time. The Christchurch star remains an excellent wide receiver prospect, though, as he is elusive and has big-play speed to go along with ideal size.

Ocean Lakes star Marcus Davis entered the 2007 season primarily viewed as a player that could end up at a variety of positions on the next level, but quarterback wasn’t one of them. After totaling over 2,700 yards passing and rushing and 32 total touchdowns as the starting signal caller this season, Davis is now viewed by some as a quarterback prospect. Whatever position he ends up playing, he brings outstanding athleticism for his 6-5, 215-pound frame. He may be an intriguing quarterback prospect, but I think he could be very good at H-back, tight end or wide receiver in college.

I round out my final Top 30 list for this class with 6-0, 200-pound Oscar Smith wide receiver Kerry Boykins . Boykins, a Maryland recruit, missed a lot of time due to injury in his senior season but returned to perform well late in the season. He is a tough, physical player who has a knack for making big plays.

Movers and shakers…

Besides wide receiver Dyrell Roberts making a move into the two slot, a few other receivers made big moves as well. South Lakes wideout A.J. Price , a 6-4, 170-pound prospect, is now at #16 after a breakout senior season. Price, who boasts offers from Michigan, North Carolina, Penn State, Rutgers and Virginia, showed good explosiveness at wide receiver this year, averaging close to 26 yards per catch and hauling in 11 touchdowns. Though this season was really the only big-time year Price had in terms of production, he is impressive enough on film to earn a spot in the Top 20.

Ocean Lakes wide receiver Randall Dunn is also a very intriguing prospect. He only began playing varsity football in his junior season and returned a kick-off 80 yards for a touchdown the very first time he touched the ball. He had a breakout year in 2007, tallying 13 touchdowns in the regular season. He has a college-level body right now at 6-3, 212 pounds, and he showed the ability to make plays in 2007. Dunn only cracked the Top 30, but he certainly has excellent upside.

First Colonial running back Tony Gregory fell out of the Top 30 after a disappointing senior season. Gregory had a big game or two, but overall didn’t have a great season when healthy and missed the last several games due to injury. A fluid runner with excellent speed, Gregory, who posted a sub-4.4 hand-time 40 at the Virginia Beach combine this spring, still has nice promise for the next level and just missed out on being in the Top 30.’s Postseason Top 30

1. Vinston Painter – OL/DL, 6-6, 315 pounds, Maury

Committed to Virginia Tech

2. Dyrell Roberts – WR, 6-2, 190 pounds, Smithfield

Committed to Virginia Tech

3. Ryan Williams – RB, 5-10, 205 pounds, Stonewall Jackson

Committed to Virginia Tech

4. Mike Glennon – QB, 6-6, 195 pounds, Westfield

Committed to N.C. State

5. D.J. Coles – WR/ATH, 6-3, 200 pounds, Goochland

Committed to Virginia Tech

6. Bobby Massie – OL/DL, 6-7, 325 pounds, Liberty Christian Academy


7. E.J. Manuel – QB, 6-4, 210 pounds, Bayside

Committed to Florida State

8. Deion Walker – WR, 6-3, 180 pounds, Christchurch

Committed to Notre Dame

9. Marcus Davis – WR/ATH, 6-5, 215 pounds, Ocean Lakes


10. Kerry Boykins – WR/DB, 6-0, 200 pounds, Oscar Smith

Committed to Maryland

11. Marcus Dowtin – RB/DB/LB, 6-2, 205 pounds, Fork Union Military Academy

Committed to Georgia

12. Jimmy Bennett – OL, 6-8, 290 pounds, West Potomac

Committed to Connecticut

13. Todd Harrelson – WR/DB, 6-1, 185 pounds, Oscar Smith

Committed to North Carolina

Buddy Ruff earned first-team all-Tidewater this season

14. Klinton “Buddy” Ruff – DL, 6-4, 290 pounds, Norview

Committed to Virginia

15. Donovan Miles – LB, 6-1, 225 pounds, Brooke Point

Committed to West Virginia

16. A.J. Price – WR, 6-4, 175 pounds, South Lakes

Committed to Penn State

17. Allen Stephens – LB, 6-1, 240 pounds, Halifax County

Committed to Virginia Tech

18. Jake Johnson – LB, 6-2, 235 pounds, Stafford

Committed to Virginia Tech

19. Kevin Whaley – RB, 5-9, 165 pounds, Salem


20. Lyndell Gibson – LB, 5-11, 220 pounds, Salem

Committed to Virginia Tech

21. Antoine Hopkins – DL, 6-2, 265 pounds, Highland Springs

Committed to Virginia Tech

22. Xavier Boyce – ATH, 6-4, 200 pounds, Landstown

Committed to Virginia Tech

23. Derrick McCoy – WR/LB, 6-3, 205 pounds, Amherst

Committed to Virginia Tech

24. Austin Fuller – WR, 6-2, 195 pounds, Richlands

Committed to Virginia Tech

25. Randall Dunn – WR, 6-3, 212 pounds, Ocean Lakes


26. Ben Barber – WR, 5-10, 190 pounds, Edison

Committed to Virginia Tech

27. Morgan Carter – ATH, 6-4, 200 pounds, Hylton

Committed to Rutgers

28. Peter Rose – WR/DB, 6-1, 185 pounds, Amherst

Committed to Virginia Tech

29. Isaiah Hamlette – DE, 6-3, 250 pounds, Brooke Point

Committed to Virginia Tech

30. Jeron Gouveia – S/LB, 6-2, 185 pounds, Stone Bridge

Committed to Virginia Tech

Best of the rest (in alphabetical order)…

Tyler Bitancurt – PK, West Springfield Committed to West Virginia

Hykeem Brodie – RB, Western Branch

Robert Byrd – WR, West Potomac

Ju-Ju Clayton – QB, Hermitage Committed to Virginia Tech

J.J. Dorsey – QB/ATH, Handley Committed to West Virginia

Reid Evans – WR/CB, Phoebus

Justin Gilbert – OL, Monacan Committed to Maryland

Tony Gregory – RB, First Colonial Committed to Virginia Tech

Darryl Hamilton – DB, Centreville

Matt Hurdle – QB, Highland Springs Committed to Kent State

Derek Jackson – LB, Deep Run Committed to Purdue

Rotell Jenkins – WR, Huguenot

Chris Johnson – DE, Tallwood Committed to William & Mary

Joe Jones – DE, Green Run

Abdul Kanneh – DB, Potomac Committed to Kent State

Eric Martin – TE, Hylton Committed to Virginia Tech

Austin Pasztor – OL, Fork Union Military Academy Committed to Virginia

Stephen Meadows – DL/LB, James Monroe Committed to Old Dominion

Thomas Mulabah – DL, Park View

Justin Thorpe – QB/ATH, Varina Committed to James Madison

Casey Turner – QB, Great Bridge Committed to Connecticut

Jamal Wilson – WR, Oscar Smith Committed to Marshall

Rod Wheeler – TE, Highland Springs Committed to Virginia

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