Every July, Norm Wood ranks the top 15 high school football recruits in the state.
1. Josh Sweat | DE
High school: Oscar Smith (Chesapeake)
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Height/Weight: 6-foot-5/240 pounds
College situation: You name the big-time Division I program, he probably has a scholarship offer from it. He has more than 70 offers, including from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana State, Auburn, Southern California, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Michigan, Clemson, Miami, Florida and others. He's not giving many hints on his preferences.
Why he made the Fab 15: After finishing his junior season (his first as a starter) with 94 tackles, including 31 for losses and 22 sacks, all of the major recruiting services consider him the No. 1 or No. 2 defensive end prospect in the nation in the class of 2015.
2. Matt Burrell | OT
High school: C.D. Hylton (Woodbridge)
College situation: He's another guy with offers from just about all the heavyweight programs, but he's most interested in FSU, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Texas, LSU, South Carolina, Clemson, Auburn, Michigan, Texas A&M, Penn State, Florida, Iowa and Oklahoma.
Why he made the Fab 15: He was the heart of the line for a team that won the Cardinal District and advanced to the Group 6A South state quarterfinals. A scrapper who approaches games with a brawler's mentality, he was selected to the Virginia High School League's all-state team.
3. Tim Settle | DT
High school: Stonewall Jackson (Manassas)
College situation: Again, he has all the big-time programs in the nation hot on the trail to get him. Two months ago, he listed on Twitter a top 15 of U.Va., Tech, FSU, Alabama, LSU, Clemson, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, North Carolina State, Penn State, UCLA and North Carolina.
Why he made the Fab 15: He has a lot more speed than his girth would indicate. The amount of time he spent in the backfield last season (32 tackles for losses and five sacks) made him the target of double teams all season.
4. Jahvoni Simmons | LB
High school: Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach)
College situation: Has offers from U.Va., Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, Clemson, Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan State, Oregon, LSU, Ohio State, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Miami, UNC, Illinois, Syracuse, Kentucky, James Madison and Charlotte.