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February 28, 2011

VirginiaPreps New Top 25 Football Prospect Rankings

In its continuing efforts to bring the very best in coverage of the state's football prospects, VirginiaPreps.com has re-shuffled its Class of 2012 prospect rankings. With prospect videos arriving daily, player evaluations are an on-going process and we are pleased to present our revised Top 25!

Briar Woods defensive back/wide receiver Alex Carter has vaulted all the way up to the #6 spot in the latest VirginiaPreps.com ranking of the state's top Class of 2012 football prospects. In the site's previous rankings Carter had been slotted at #24.

Carter helped lead the Falcons to a state title this past fall. Carter has the skills to excel at defensive back and wide receiver, a sentiment backed up by offers from Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Duke, Boston College, Tennessee, Kansas State and Stanford. He may be the son of former Notre Dame defensive back Tom Carter, but he's a top prospect in his own right. Last fall, Carter caught eight touchdown passes and he scored one defensive touchdown. He also scored on two kickoff returns and tallied 800 yards of total offense.

Six prospects are making their initial debut in the revised rankings.

Checking in at #16 is Wilson "athlete" Der'Woun Greene. A lifelong fan of the Virginia Tech football program, Greene was excited that the Hokies were the first to offer him. A standout in the classroom, Greene should see plenty of offers before his recruitment is over, unless he gives Virginia Tech an early commitment.

Woodberry Forest defensive back CJ Prosise is ranked at #17. Projects as a safety at the college level but will likely also serve on the special teams as both a punt and kick returner. Along with sporting an impressive frame, Prosise shows outstanding athletic ability registering a 4.59 forty with impressive weight room numbers including a 335-pound squat, 205-pound clean and 200-pound bench. Woodberry Coach Clint Alexander describes his standout as an "amazing athlete. C.J. plays receiver and safety for us and is also a punt and kick returner as well. He had four returns for touchdowns last year. He is a special player who attacks the ball in the air and is deceptively fast because of his long strides."

Another newcomer to the rankings is Christiansburg athlete Brenden Motley. Motley is a two-sport (football and basketball) star for Christiansburg posting 1,142-yards passing and 564-yards rushing along with 17 total touchdowns and eight interceptions. The year earned him first team all-district both ways as well as district player of the year, second team all-region quarterback and honorable mention all-region on defense. Motley was also a post-season All-State Underclassmen (Double A) pick by VirginiaPreps.com. He has good size (6-foot-4, 180 pounds) and should see his recruiting interest pick up as he hits the camp and combine circuit.

A new lineman joins the top 25, that being Hermitage standout Andre Miles-Redmond, who this week picked up his first offer (NC State). Obviously hia size is a big plus but Hermitage coack Patrick Kane indicated that it's the big guy's overall play and potential that most intrigues the college coaches. "He is extremely athletic for a kid his size. He's 260 pounds with a very small amount of body fat so he is the kind of kid, I think, who could very easily put on 30 or 40 pounds and carry it extremely well. We used at tackle where he was able to reach any defensive end that he came up against. That is what shows up most on his film."

Another private school prospect joins the updated rankings in Norfolk Christian athlete Mario Nixon. Last fall at Norfolk Christian, Nixon racked up 700 receiving yards and eight touchdowns as the school's go-to guy on the outside. It's not totally clear what position Nixon is best suited for in college. What will happen and what he wants to happen might be two different things. "I'm hoping I get to play wide receiver," he admitted. "That's what I really want to play."

And the final new entry into our Top 25 is Thomas Dale wide receiver Desmond Frye. In 2010, Frye picked off four passes, broke up another ten and recorded 56 tackles on the defensive side of the ball while grabbing 23 passes for 510 yards and six touchdowns out of the offensive huddle. Says Thomas Dale coach Kevin Tucker, "Desmond has big play ability at wide receiver and likes to lay the wood at safety. He has some of the best hands I have ever seen and can jump through the roof."

Check out the complete Top 25 here!

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