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Postseason Top 30 for the State of Virginia
by Will Stewart, TechSideline.com
Chris Horne released the final postseason version of his top 30 recruits in the state of Virginia this week, and uncommitted Robinson (Fairfax) defensive end Olu Hall remains the #1 recruit in the state, same as in the preseason list released in early September.
Hall's recruiting battle is coming down to Virginia Tech and Virginia and will go a long way to determining in-state recruiting bragging rights, which are still very much up in the air at this point.
Here's a table of the top 10 players.
Wide receiver Eddie Royal, who was named by the AP as State Group AAA player of the year, moves up from #3 to #2. The impressionable Royal is one of the more interesting stories in this recruiting season, as he shuffles his visits and keeps fans guessing where he's going to go. The battle Royal, so to speak, is coming down to VT and UVa, with Marshall and Tennessee close behind.
Beyond #3 Kent Hicks (Maryland commit) and #4 Chris Long (UVa commit) are the linebacking duo of #5 Jerod Mayo and #6 Andrew Bowman. Again, the battle here is being fought between Tech and UVa, with Tennessee being a player in the recruitment of both, so watch out for the Vols.
VT commit Sean Glennon holds steady at #7, after being ranked the #1 junior in the state last year, and VT commit Branden Ore cracks the top 10 at #8.
Behind them is the last uncommitted player in the top 10, #9 defensive lineman Clint Sintim, who -- stop me if you've heard this before -- will choose between Virginia (whom he currently favors by a small margin), Virginia Tech, and Maryland.
With #10 Cedric Peerman already committed to Virginia, it's possible that nine of the top ten players in state could go to Virginia or Virginia Tech, and as many as 14 of the top 16. Last year (2003), eight of the top ten (and 18 of the top 21) as rated by TSL signed with either Tech or UVa, with the number being seven from the Roanoke Times top 10 (and 14 of the top 17) the year before (2002).
If the Hokies and Hoos land 14 of this year's top 16, that means that over the last three years, 46 of the top 54 players as rated by either TSL or the Roanoke Times will have signed with Virginia or Virginia Tech. Gone are the days when programs like Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, and UNC regularly plundered the state for top talent.
Looking down the road, it appears that the main competition for VT and UVa for in-state players will come from Maryland and Tennessee, and it's possible that with VT's entry into the ACC, N.C. State and UNC might become bigger forces in state recruiting.
The Hokies have already begun their push into North Carolina, with three commitments this year (WR Justin Harper, CB Rod Council, and RB George Bell) and QB Cory Holt from last year, who prepped at Hargrave Military and will enroll at Tech this month. Don't be surprised if the North Carolina schools, let by NCSU and UNC, start pushing back.
Virginia Tech will not host any visitors this weekend, but that doesnít mean there hasnít been any news. Jack Britt (NC) running back George Bell, who is one of the top recruits in this yearís class, has received a qualifying ACT score and is in the process of enrolling in January at Virginia Tech. This is certainly big news, as he can learn the system early and possibly be ready, both mentally and physically, to play early next year.
He will be joined by 2003 Signees Cory Holt and DJ Parker, both of whom have qualified out of Hargrave. Wide Receiver Justin Harper, who also attended Hargrave, committed to Virginia Tech and will enroll in January, and fellow wide receiver Josh Morgan, from Fork Union, is trying to enroll in January, as well.
2003 "greyshirts" OL Matt Welsh, LB Brett Warren, and OL Nick Marshman will enroll in January, giving the Hokies eight January 2004 enrollees, if Morgan makes it. Sources tell TSL that four of the players will be counted against Tech's 2003 class, with four counted against the 2004 class.
While this weekend may be quiet in terms of visitors, the next few weekends certainly will not be. Virginia Tech will try to close out the year on a strong note. The Hokies will host many prominent targets over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.
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|TechSideline.com Updates From the Past Week|
TSL's Postseason Top 30 Recruits for the State of Virginia
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