The Commonwealth of Virginia is usually very respectable when it comes to pumping out prospects for College Football Recruiting. But the Virginian prospects in the class of 2014 could arguably be the best class that state has produced since–well, ever.
What’s particularly interesting is the talent coming from the famed ’757′ area code. For those unaware, ‘The 757′ is the southeastern part of the state covering the Virginia Beach- Hampton-Newport News and Norfolk area. That small little area of land produces some of the most talented players in the game. Year in and year out, you can depend on elite talent coming from the 757.
Taquan Mizzell, the best all-purpose back in the country, is the top dog in this year’s 757 class. Before him? Brace yourself: Justin Hunter (’10-All-American WR at Tennessee), Tajh Boyd (’09-All-American QB at Clemson), E.J. Manuel (’08- QB at Florida State), Tyrod Taylor (’07- QB was 6th rd. pick by Baltimore Ravens), Percy Harvin (’06- OROY and 1st rd. pick by Minnesota Vikings) and Jerod Mayo (’04-1st rd pick by New England Patriots).
Those were just the top players from each year. Plenty of other All-Americans and NFL players have come from the 757 and weren’t even ranked amongst the highest in the region.
But could the 2014 class be the best ever from the 757? It’s possible.
Six players from the 757 are ranked amongst the highest in the country for the 2014 class. Those players are safety Quin Blanding (Bayside HS- Virginia Beach), defensive end Jalyn Holmes (Lake Taylor HS-Norfolk), receiver Jamil Kamara (Virginia Beach Catholic), and defensive tackles Derrick Nnadi (Ocean Lakes HS- VA Beach), Ricky Walker (Bethel HS- Hampton) and Andrew Brown (Oscar Smith HS- Chesapeake).
Blanding and Brown are consensually ranked amongst the top ten players overall in the country. The other four are considered amongst the best 200 or so prospects nationally. Pretty high praise for the smallest corner of Virginia.
The rest of the state has five players in the top 200. The entire state combined has less than the 757. It’s simply remarkable.
Overall, Virignia doesn’t have the same amount of talent that states like Florida and Texas have. But this class still could go down as the best the state’s ever had and the 757 is leading the way–as usual.