TSL’s Preseason Top 40, Final Version

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There isn’t much change from 1-20 from the original Preseason Top 40 posted in June, but there has been some shuffling from 20 through 40. With the final piece of evaluation – the 2010 season – yet to come, check out which prospects are included in this final version of the TechSideline.com’s Preseason Top 40.

Of the Top 40, 28 players have given verbal commitments. Only three of the top 10 prospects have committed, however, so certainly some big decisions are yet to come.

UVa leads all schools with 11 commitments from the Top 40. Virginia Tech comes in second right now with six. UNC has three recruits. Duke and West Virginia have two apiece while Clemson, Connecticut, Liberty and Marshall each have one commitment.

Preseason Top 40, Final Version

1. Curtis Grant – LB, 6-3, 220 pounds, Hermitage (Richmond)


2. Dominique Terrell – WR/CB, 5-10, 170 pounds, Osbourn (Manassas)


3. Demetrious Nicholson – CB, 5-9, 165 pounds, Bayside (Virginia Beach)


4. Landon Turner – OL, 6-6, 300 pounds, Harrisonburg

Committed to UNC

5. Corey Marshall – DL, 6-1, 250 pounds, Dinwiddie

Committed to Virginia Tech

6. Travis Hughes – LB/RB, 6-1, 225 pounds, Kempsville (Virginia Beach)


7. Clifton Richardson – RB, 6-1, 195 pounds, Menchville (Newport News)

Committed to UVa (soft verbal)

8. Quinta Funderburk – WR, 6-2, 200 pounds, Oscar Smith (Chesapeake)


9. Lafonte Thourogood – QB, 6-2, 210 pounds, Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach)


10. Jay Whitmire – OL, 6-7, 290 pounds, T.C. Williams (Alexandria)


11. Ronny Vandyke – S/LB, 6-3, 200 pounds, South County (Lorton)

Committed to Virginia Tech

12. Daquan Romero – LB/DE, 6-1, 220 pounds, Phoebus (Hampton)

Committed to UNC

13. Anthony Harris – DB/WR, 6-3, 190 pounds, L.C. Bird (Chesterfield)

Committed to UVa

14. Caleb Taylor – LB, 6-0, 230 pounds, Phoebus (Hampton)

Committed to UVa

15. Rob Burns – DE/TE, 6-7, 230 pounds, Stone Bridge (Ashburn)

Committed to UVa

16. Michael Cole – LB/S, 6-2, 200 pounds, Cave Spring (Roanoke)

Committed to Virginia Tech

17. Tim Scott – CB/WR, 5-11, 175 pounds, Colonial Forge (Stafford)

Committed to UNC

18. David Watford – QB, 6-1, 185 pounds, Hampton

Committed to UVa

19. Jake Goins – OL, 6-5, 280 pounds, Manchester (Midlothian)

Committed to Virginia Tech

20. David Dean – DT, 6-2, 285 pounds, Green Run (Virginia Beach)

Committed to UVa

21. Michael Holmes – RB, 6-1, 190 pounds, Harrisonburg


22. Kameron Mack – S/ATH, 6-5, 200 pounds, I.C. Norcom (Portsmouth)

Committed to UVa

23. Eric Frohnapfel – TE, 6-6, 220 pounds, Colonial Forge (Stafford)

Committed to West Virginia

24. Diamonte Bailey – DE, 6-3, 220 pounds, Hermitage (Richmond)

Committed to UVa

25. Thompson Brown – DE/TE, 6-4, 240 pounds, St. Christopher’s (Richmond)

Committed to UVa

26. Ross Burbank – OL, 6-5, 285 pounds, Cox (Virginia Beach)

Committed to UVa

27. DeAndre Reaves – RB, 5-10, 180 pounds, Dominion (Sterling)

Committed to West Virginia

28. Sam Marshall – OL/DE, 6-8, 265 pounds, Chancellor (Fredericksburg)

Committed to Duke

29. Dewayne Alford – DE, 6-3, 220 pounds, Nansemond River (Suffolk)

Committed to Virginia Tech

30. Grant Jones – OL, 6-4, 280 pounds, Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg)

Committed to Liberty

31. Isaiah Battle – OL, 6-7, 265 pounds, Blue Ridge

Committed to Clemson

32. Jared Velasquez – DB, 6-1, 185 pounds, Robinson (Fairfax)


33. Michael Nebrich – QB/ATH, 6-1, 190 pounds, Lake Braddock (Burke)

Committed to Connecticut

34. Chris Hall – QB/ATH, 6-4, 225 pounds, Dinwiddie

Committed to Virginia Tech

35. Raysean Richardson – LB/S, 6-0, 200 pounds, Oscar Smith (Chesapeake)


36. Timmy Keith – WR, 6-0, 200 pounds, Osbourn (Manassas)


37 Reggie Owens – DB, 6-0, 180 pounds, Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach)

Committed to Duke

38 Darius Lee – LB/S, 6-1, 205 pounds, St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes (Alexandria)

Committed to UVa

39. Blake Frohnapfel – QB, 6-5, 200 pounds, Colonial Forge (Stafford)

Committed to Marshall

40. Marcus Harris – RB, 6-0, 175 pounds, Stone Bridge (Ashburn)


Ones to watch

Neil Anthony-Hale – DB/LB, Maury

Breon Bailey – QB/ATH, Norfolk Christian

Mylon Blueford – CB, Oscar Smith

Kevin Buchanon – LB/DE, Maury

Damien Caison – TE, Warren County

Donte Capers – CB, Booker T. Washington

Cortez Carter – FB/LB, Liberty (Bealeton) Committed to Marshall

Damien Carter – LB, Amherst

Dan Chrost – TE/DE, Stone Bridge

Jason Creeden – OL/DL, Woodberry Forest

Austin Copeland – LB, Gar-Field

Josh Doggett – LB, Atlee

Trey Gardner – WR, Dinwiddie

Jaston George – DB, Oscar Smith Committed to Syracuse

Kevin Green – ATH, Petersburg Committed to Virginia

Iric Harris – CB, Hylton

J.T. Hornyak – DB, Woodberry Forest

Irabor Imobisa – OL/DL, Meadowbrook

Demetrik Jackson – RB, Thomas Dale

Anthony Johnson – WR, Mountain View

Keith Johnson – WR, Petersburg

Demitri Knowles – WR, Liberty Christian Academy

Chaz Lowery – OL, Ocean Lakes

Josh Mann – OL, Ocean Lakes

Jamil McGinnis – WR/DB, L.C. Bird

Connor Mewbourne – OL/DL, First Colonial

Michael Mey – ATH, J.R. Tucker

Alex Mosley – DL, Highland Springs

Christian Norton – LB, Deep Run

Tre Preston – LB/DE, Franklin County

Brendan Riddick – ATH, Hermitage

George Riddick – OL/DL, King’s Fork

Brian Rody – QB, Stone Bridge

Brandon Rogers – CB, Hermitage

Spenser Rositano – S, Stone Bridge

Max Sarmento – LB, Deep Run

Drayton Shanks – WR, Eastern View

Dallas Simmons – RB, Deep Run

Mason Thomas – DB, Kempsville

Joshua Trimble – DB, Bishop O’Connell

Josh Woodrum – QB, Cave Spring Committed to Liberty

Raheem Walker – DB, Maury

Derrion Walton – RB, Lake Taylor

Sedale Young – OL, William Fleming

Matt Zanelatto – WR, Lake Braddock

Revisiting UVa and VT offers

Here are the prospects that have been offered by both schools. How are the in-state rivals faring?

QB Lafonte Thourogood – Remains uncommitted. I like Virginia Tech’s chances in the end.

QB David Watford – Committed to UVa

RB Michael Holmes – Uncommitted. Things have been quiet on this front.

OL Jake Goins – Committed to Virginia Tech

OL Landon Turner – Committed to UNC

DL Corey Marshall – Committed to Virginia Tech

LB/S Michael Cole – Committed to Virginia Tech

LB Curtis Grant – Uncommitted. Alabama and Florida headline the out-of-state schools in heavy contention, while Virginia and Virginia Tech are definitely in this race as well in my opinion.

LB/RB Travis Hughes – Uncommitted. Travis has a top 5 of UNC, CLEM, MD, VT and LSU, in that order. He will take official visits to all five before committing. Virginia has not been eliminated but is on the outside looking in at this point.

CB Demetrious Nicholson – Uncommitted. UNC continues to lead, but Clemson, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech and others are being considered. I see Clemson and Virginia Tech as UNC’s biggest threats right now.

S Kameron Mack – Committed to UVa

RB/ATH Clifton Richardson – Committed to UVa. Richardson is only a “soft” commit to UVa, although I really think Virginia will be the school he signs with. He is not seriously considering Virginia Tech right now even though he remains open to other schools.

ATH Dominique Terrell – Uncommitted. Terrell has narrowed his list to LSU, Miami, Texas Tech, Virginia and Virginia Tech

ATH Ronny Vandyke – Committed to Virginia Tech

VT’s in-state haul

In what has been a quiet year due to the lack of scholarships, six of Virginia Tech’s 11 commitments reside in the Commonwealth. Tech has secured four from the top 20, headlined by Dinwiddie defensive end Corey Marshall at #5. South County safety/linebacker Ronny Vandyke could easily enter the top 10 in my Postseason Top 40 if he can show he is back from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for all of 2009.

Top targets remain on the board

Curtis Grant has kept quiet in terms of naming favorites. I still feel that he could end up staying in the state and I see Virginia Tech being right in the thick of this race until the end.

Virginia Tech continues to be in high standing with cornerback/wide receiver Dominique Terrell and cornerback Demetrious Nicholson. The latter has favored UNC throughout, but the NCAA cloud hovering above Chapel Hill could impact this race. Terrell reportedly plans to take official visits before committing, but Tech and West Virginia were the favorites as of earlier this summer.

Virginia Tech will host linebacker Travis Hughes on an official visit in September, but for now Tech sits behind three schools – North Carolina, Clemson and Maryland – for his signature. Of course, if the NCAA comes down hard on UNC and Maryland has a disappointing season, then anything can happen here.

Quarterback/athlete Lafonte Thourogood is taking some time out from the recruiting process. Ultimately, I continue to feel Virginia Tech will be tough to beat.

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