’s Postseason Top 30

Top 10

Phillip Sims

Phillip Sims capped a tremendous career with another solid, consistent season, guiding the Tigers to an undefeated regular season before falling in the state semifinals to eventual champ Thomas Dale. Sims, who will take his game to Alabama, completed 62.5 percent of his passes this season, throwing for 2,960 yards and 33 touchdowns. He leaves Oscar Smith holding state high school records for career yards passing (10,725) and career touchdown passes (119). The 6-2, 205-pound signal caller has been a top performer throughout his high school career, one factor that gives him the edge as the top player in’s Postseason Top 30.

Ego Ferguson Jr., who played his senior season on Hargrave Military Academy’s postgraduate squad, comes in second on the list. Ferguson is a stud defensive line prospect, boasting size – he is a rock solid 6-4, 270 pounds – and excellent athletic ability. The experience he gained playing for Hargrave’s postgrad team could translate into early playing time on the next level.

Ferguson, who is considering top offers from across the country, is the only uncommitted prospect on the Postseason Top 30 list.

6-4, 180-pound Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach) wide receiver Justin Hunter is third on the list. Hunter, who has committed to LSU but has taken visits to Florida and Tennessee as well, is a big-time athlete who stars in the long jump and high jump events in track. A big-play receiver who averaged almost 17 yards per catch in his senior season, Hunter has tremendous upside on the college level.

To me, Sims, Ferguson and Hunter are clearly the top three prospects in the state this year. I consider these prospects to be closer to 5-star than 4-star recruits, though I have them ranked as 4-star. Prospects 4-12 are ranked on the 4-star level as well, beginning with massive defensive tackle prospect Evan Hailes moves in the fourth spot. Hailes, a starter on both sides of the line, shined once again for the Oscar Smith Tigers. He’ll play defense at Penn State, the school he chose over Tennessee and Virginia Tech before the start of his senior season.

Rounding out the top five is Brookville’s Zack McCray . McCray, cousin of current Virginia Tech freshman quarterback Logan Thomas , will play defensive end at Virginia Tech despite being a good tight end prospect as well. The 6-5, 235-pound prospect has an excellent frame and is a very good athlete. He should be able to do well against the run and in rushing the passer.

6-6, 290-pound offensive lineman Mark Shuman is sixth on the list. The son of FUMA postgraduate head coach John Shuman, Mark has grown up around football. His brother, Ryan, played on the offensive line at Virginia Tech. Mark has the versatility to play tackle or guard and could potentially see action at either spot early on in his career.

Lake Taylor’s Travis Williams , a Miami commitment, has been the leader of a stalwart Titans defense for the past two seasons. He goes about 6-2, 200 pounds, but he plays a physical brand of football. Travis is a good, fluid athlete who could adapt to play several spots on the next level, but linebacker looks like the most likely spot.

6-5, 300-pound Nick Acree is number eight on the list despite missing his senior season due to a torn ACL. Acree is a tremendous physical specimen. Without question, missing his senior season hurt, but he has the physical potential to be a dominant force in college.

Chase Williams had perhaps the best offseason of anyone in the Commonwealth, working out with his NFL assistant brother. It paid off, as Williams racked up 116 tackles in 2009. The 6-3, 240-pound Williams, son of current New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, is a savvy player who has been around the game all his life. Williams will enroll at Virginia Tech in January.

Rounding out the top 10 is Woodberry Forest (VA) defensive end/outside linebacker Aramide Olaniyan . The main question with the UCLA verbal is where he will project on the next level. The 6-2, 200-pound prospect will likely have to make the transition to full-time linebacker on the next level, but I think he is athletic enough to do it. He was a dominant defensive end at Woodberry.


Four of the top five prospects are heading outside the state to play their college ball. Ferguson has not yet committed, but he is not considering either of the two in-state programs at this point. Virginia Tech snatched up four prospects in the top 10, including McCray, Fork Union OL Mark Shuman (#6), Fork Union DT Nick Acree (#8) and Loudoun County LB Chase Williams (#9). In total, Tech scored 12 of the state’s Top 30 prospects. Virginia is next with three commitments. Penn State and West Virginia have two each, while Alabama, Duke, LSU, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Pitt, Stanford, UCLA and West Virginia each have one prospect from the state.

2010 Postseason Top 30

1. Phillip Sims – QB, 6-2, 220 pounds, Oscar Smith

Committed to Alabama

2. Ego Ferguson – DE, 6-4, 270 pounds, Hargrave Military Academy


3. Justin Hunter – WR, 6-4, 185 pounds, Ocean Lakes

Committed to LSU

4. Evan Hailes – DT, 6-1, 305 pounds, Oscar Smith

Committed to Penn State

5. Zack McCray – DE, 6-5, 235 pounds, Brookville

Committed to Virginia Tech

6. Mark Shuman – OL, 6-6, 290 pounds, Fork Union Military Academy

Committed to Virginia Tech

7. Travis Williams – LB, 6-3, 200 pounds, Lake Taylor

Committed to Miami

8. Nick Acree – DT, 6-6, 300 pounds, Fork Union Military Academy

Committed to Virginia Tech

9. Chase Williams – LB/TE, 6-3, 225 pounds, Loudoun County

Committed to Virginia Tech

10. Aramide Olaniyan – DE/LB, 6-2, 200 pounds, Woodberry Forest

Committed to UCLA

11. Russell Bodine – OL, 6-4, 280 pounds, Fork Union Military Academy

Committed to North Carolina

12. Nick Dew – LB/S, 6-2, 195 pounds, First Colonial

Committed to Virginia Tech

13. Jamel Turner – LB, 6-2, 205 pounds, Fork Union

Committed to Ohio State

14. Brian Laiti – LB, 6-3, 205 pounds, Robinson

Committed to Virginia Tech

15. Khamrone Kolb – OL, 6-6, 300 pounds, Lake Braddock

Committed to Penn State

16. Matt Arkema – OL, 6-3 1/2, 290 pounds, Midlothian

Committed to Virginia Tech

Conner Davis

17. Conner Davis – OL, 6-5, 270 pounds, Deep Run

Committed to Virginia

18. T.J. Peeler – RB, 6-1, 200 pounds, Broad Run

Committed to Pitt

19. Ed Reynolds II – S/LB, 6-3, 198 pounds, Woodberry Forest

Committed to Stanford

20. Derrick Hopkins – DT, 6-0, 285 pounds, Highland Springs

Committed to Virginia Tech

21. Quinton Spain – OL/DL, 6-5, 320 pounds, Petersburg

Committed to West Virginia

22. Andre Simmons – DB, 6-0, 195 pounds, South County

Committed to Vanderbilt

23. Rijo Walker – CB, 5-11, 175 pounds, Bethel

Committed to Virginia

24. Henry Coley – LB, 6-2, 220 pounds, Bayside

Committed to Virginia

25. Dominique Patterson – LB/RB, 6-1, 210 pounds, King’s Fork

Committed to Virginia Tech

26. Caleb Farris – OL, 6-4, 300 pounds, Rockbridge County

Committed to Virginia Tech

27. Tahrick Peak – LB, 6-2, 205 pounds, Pulaski County

Committed to Virginia Tech

28. Trey Johnson – RB, 5-11, 170 pounds, Varina

Committed to West Virginia

29. Jamal Wallace – LB/DE, 6-3, 215 pounds, Green Run

Committed to Duke

30. E.L. Smiling – WR, 6-3, 185 pounds, Brooke Point

Committed to Virginia Tech

Ones to watch

Nick Appel – OL, Bishop O’Connell Committed to North Carolina

Matthew Baptiste – LB, Ocean Lakes Committed to Richmond

Levi Barber – ATH, Edison

Joe Branch – ATH, Fork Union Military Academy

Andrew Brown – LB, Jefferson Forest Committed to Richmond

Willie Byrn – ATH, First Colonial

Aaron Clark – RB, St. Anne’s-Belfield

Andre Coble – ATH, Meadowbrook

Andrew Cordasco – TE, Jamestown Committed to Richmond

Warren Denny – WR, Centreville

Zach Dunston – DB, Green Run

DJ Dinardo – ATH, Cox

Ben Edwards – ATH, York Committed to Richmond

Taylor Evans – OL, Broad Run

Danny Fenyak – QB, Westfield

Adrian Flemming – WR/TE, Broad Run Committed to Syracuse

Zach Glass – DL, Stuarts Draft

Jon Godfrey – S/LB, Ocean Lakes

Airek Green – DB, Thomas Dale

Dominique Guinn-Bailey – LB/DE, Churchland Committed to ODU

Orion Hall – P, Maury Committed to UVa (recruited walk-on)

Jerel Harrison – WR, Varina Committed to Richmond

Deshawn Holmes – DB, Highland Springs Committed to Richmond

DreQuan Hoskey – DB, Henrico Committed to Richmond

Daryl Howell – LB, Hermitage

Cedric Johnson – ATH, Lakeland

Blake Jones – DE/LB, Hanover Committed to Ohio

Venson Jones – DT, Woodside

Chad Kolumber – OL, Woodberry Forest

Keenan Lambert – DB, Maury

Stephen Lawe – OL/DL, Maury

Kyle Linn – ATH, Turner Ashby

Josh Lovell – JATH, Christchurch

Jake McGee – QB, Collegiate Committed to Richmond

Wes Moulton – DL, Ocean Lakes

Keevon Newsome – DE/LB, Churchland

Connor Reilly – QB, W.T. Woodson Committed to Temple

Bo Revell – QB, Battlefield

Antonio Roane – ATH, West Point

Mike Rocco – QB, Liberty Christian Academy Committed to Louisville

Anthony Rose – ATH, Amherst

Mario Rowson – DB/WR, Lake Taylor Committed to Maryland

Jacob Ruby – TE/OL, Fork Union Military Academy Committed to Connecticut

A.J. Scott – DL, Robert E Lee Committed to Marshall

Dejor Simmons – RB, Green Run

Preston Smith – TE/DE, Deep Creek

Brandon Sparrow – DL, Liberty (Bedford)

Marquis Wallace – OL, Varina Committed to West Virginia

Montel White – QB/ATH, Surry County Committed to Richmond

Zach Weller – LB/FB, Christiansburg

Jeremiah Wilson – ATH, Handley Committed to Maryland

Rashad Winston – DL, Highland Springs Committed to Richmond