In what is sure to be no surprise, Hermitage (Richmond, VA) linebacker Curtis Grant tops the list in my in-state Preseason Top 40, Version 1. Grant, a 6-3, 220-pound rising senior, has the total package of size, speed and football savvy. He is considering offers from some of the top programs in the country. For me, he was an easy choice to top what I consider an impressive group of prospects in this year’s top 40.
Below is my initial Preseason Top 40. Another will follow in August, after all summer camps have been completed. The Postseason ranks will be out in early January.
Preseason Top 40, Version 1
1. Curtis Grant – LB, 6-3, 220 pounds, Hermitage
Grant has the total package. He has an impressive frame. He moves well. He runs well. He has a knack for the ball, something he has shown since taking the field on the varsity level late in his freshman year. Grant didn’t back down from top competition that year, as he was a force in Hermitage’s state semifinal playoff run, and he has continued to produce at a high level.
Uncommitted, considering offers from Alabama, Florida, LSU, Miami, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among many others
2. Dominique Terrell – WR/CB, 5-10, 170 pounds, Osbourn Park
Terrell plays quarterback for head coach Brian Beaty, but he will play either slot receiver or cornerback on the college level. With superior quickness and elusiveness, Terrell is a threat to go the distance any time he touches the ball. He has the potential to be a big force on special teams in the return game. Offensively, he rushed for 1,317 yards and accounted for 17 touchdowns last season as a junior despite playing through an ankle sprain. Don’t overlook his defensive ability either, as Terrell earned first-team all-district honors at defensive back.
Uncommitted, considering offers from Miami, Pitt, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others
3. Demetrious Nicholson – CB, 5-9, 165 pounds, Bayside
A shutdown cornerback, Nicholson has a great feel for coverage, is fluid, super quick and fast. He is tough despite his size and should only
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