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College Football Recruiting in South Hampton Roads

Ocean Lakes Levonta Taylor, committed to Florida State, is The Virginian-Pilot's top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2016. Staff writer Larry Rubama ranked the players based on last season's performance, performances at local and national combines, consultation with high school and college coaches and academic standing.

Search the database below by name, high school, colleges considered and position. Click on the names of the players to read more about them, see stats and watch highlight videos in some cases.

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    NO. 1 | LEVONTA TAYLOR

  • High School Ocean Lakes
  • Position Defensive back
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Florida State
  • Key numbers: As a senior forced 10 turnovers on defense, with four INTs. Also had 51 total tackles and averaged 33 yards on punt returns. Five-star recruit, runs 4.34 in the 40-yard dash and has a 42-inch vertical jump.

    Breakdown before 2015 sea...

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    NO. 2 | JAQUAN YULEE

  • High School Indian River
  • Position Linebacker
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Marshall
  • Key numbers: Originally committed to Alabama before choosing Marshall. As a senior finished with 110 tackles, 8 sacks and forced 10 fumbles. Four-star recruit, had 120 tackles last season, including 25 for loss and nine sacks as a junior.

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    NO. 3 | WAYNE DAVIS

  • High School Lake Taylor
  • Position Defensive back
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Ohio State
  • Key numbers: The 2015 Abe Goldblatt All-Tidewater POY led the Titans with 42 receptions at WR and on defense intercepted seven passes, returning five for TDs. As a junior - Five interceptions last season and 22 pass breakups. As a receiver caught ...

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    NO. 4 | GRANT HOLLOWAY

  • High School Grassfield
  • Position Wide Receiver
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Florida
  • Key numbers: In 2015, was a dynamic playmaker who scored 16 TDs by receiving, rushing and INT and kick returns. At WR caught 38 passes for 854 yards and 10 scores. Chose the Gators to play football and run track after mulling nearly 20 offers, inc...

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    NO. 5 | PHILLIP PATTERSON

  • High School Bayside
  • Position Wide Receiver
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Virginia Tech
  • Key numbers: Two-way starter who in 2015 finished with 40 receptions for 801 yards and 11 TDs at WR. Entered his senior season rated the No. 12 athlete in the state by 247Sports, No. 17 by ESPN and 18 by Rivals.

    Breakdown before 215 season: Patte...

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    NO. 6 | KEYVONE BRUTON

  • High School Lake Taylor
  • Position Defensive back
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Temple
  • Key numbers:As a senior had five INTs and at WR caught 26 passes for 565 yards and eight TDs. Before senior season was rated the state's No. 11 player by ESPN, No. 19 by 247Sports and 35 by Rivals.

    Breakdown before 215 season: Bruton, who transf...

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    NO. 7 | TAVANTE BECKETT

  • High School Indian River
  • Position Linebacker
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Virginia Tech
  • Key numbers: Collected 131 tackles - 24 for loss - along with 12 sacks and seven forced fumbles. Before his senior season was rated the No. 21 player in the state by Rivals and No. 38 by 247Sports. Racked up 131 tackles, 16 sacks, six INTs last se...

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    NO. 8 | LARONDE LIVERPOOL

  • High School Landstown
  • Position Linebacker
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Wake Forest
  • Key numbers: Had nearly a dozen offers before choosing Wake Forest. Heading into his senior season was a three-star recruit rated No. 30 player in the state by ESPN, No. 33 by Rivals and No. 34 by 247Sports.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: One coll...

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    NO. 9 | DESHAUN WETHINGTON

  • High School King’s Fork
  • Position Running Back
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Towson
  • Key numbers: As a senior put together back-to-back 200-yard games at mid-season – 289 vs. Great Bridge, 214 vs. Lakeland – to leap into second on South Hampton Roads’ all-time regular-season rushing list. Finished his career with 4,844 regular-sea...

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    NO. 10 | THOMAS JARRETT HOPPLE

  • High School Nansemond River
  • Position Lineman
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Virginia Tech
  • Key numbers: Paved the way for 1,000-yard rusher Terrence Lambert in resurgent year for the Warriors, who averaged 38 points per game. Before the 2015 season was rated the No. 64 offensive tackle in the nation by 247Sports.

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    NO. 11 | JUSTIN SMITH

  • High School Ocean Lakes
  • Position Running Back
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Navy
  • Breakdown before 2015 season: Smith, a three-star recruit, saw little time in the backfield last season, but Ocean Lakes coach Chris Scott likes the possibilities for this season: “Smith is gifted enough to get recruited by many Division I program...

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    NO. 12 | ARMAN JONES

  • High School Western Branch
  • Position Linebacker
  • Class 2016
  • College choice William and Mary
  • Breakdown before 2015 season: Jones, a three-star recruit, drew interest because of his character, work ethic and academics. An honors student, he also had offers from Harvard, Navy, Bucknell and Cornell. Western Branch coach Greg Gibson said he k...

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    NO. 13 | PATRICK JONES

  • High School Grassfield
  • Position Lineman
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Pittsburgh
  • Key numbers: Finished his senior season with 83 tackles - 12.5 for loss - and 8.5 sacks.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Grassfield coach Martin Asprey said Jones has really matured and grown into one of the team’s leaders. He’s also developed on...

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    NO. 14 | TRE HUBBARD

  • High School Ocean Lakes
  • Position Linebacker
  • Class 2016
  • Breakdown before 2015 season: As a junior led the Dolphins with 23 sacks. Ocean Lakes coach Chris Scott said Hubbard’s size, speed and strength make him one of the state’s best pass rushers. Full profile

    NO. 15 | JUSTIN CHASE

  • High School Great Bridge
  • Position Lineman
  • Class 2016
  • College choice North Carolina State
  • Breakdown before 2015 season: Great Bridge coach Pete Gale said Chase is not as refined as others at his position in the state. But Chase’s quick feet impressed college coaches. Appalachian State, Charlotte, Marshall, Old Dominion, N.C. State an...

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    NO. 16 | MALIK BUTTS

  • High School Salem
  • Position Running Back
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Norfolk State
  • Key numbers: The Atlantic Conference POY, Butts as a senior rushed for 1,066 yards and 19 TDs.

    Breakdown before 2015 season Butts, who rushed for 1,300-plus yards as a junior, has been one of the most productive running backs in South Hampton Ro...

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    NO. 17 | ANTHONY WOMACK

  • High School Ocean Lakes
  • Position Running Back, Defensive back
  • Class 2016
  • College choice James Madison
  • Key numbers: First-team All-Coastal Conference at LB, defensive all-purpose and punt returner. Has not committed, but has offers from Georgia Tech, James Madison, Old Dominion, Marshall, N.C. State and South Carolina State, and heavy interest fro...

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    NO. 18 | NATHAN LEWIS

  • High School Western Branch
  • Position Defensive back
  • Class 2016
  • College choice William and Mary
  • Key numbers: As a senior had 60 tackles, 16 pass breakups and three INTs.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Lewis started as a sophomore but sat out last season because of a knee injury. Western Branch coach Greg Gibson is confident the offers will...

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    NO. 19 | MIKE CARNEY

  • High School Lake Taylor
  • Position Lineman
  • Class 2016
  • Breakdown before 2015 season: Carney had offers from Auburn, Virginia, Old Dominion, Richmond, N.C. State, Rutgers, James Madison, Hampton and Norfolk State. Lake Taylor coach Hank Sawyer said Carney – rated the No. 17 prospect in the state by Riv...

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    NO. 20 | DOMINIC JORDAN

  • High School Oscar Smith
  • Position Lineman
  • Class 2016
  • Key numbers: Top blocker as a senior on an Oscar Smith unit that reached the state championship game and averaged 33 points.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Jordan, a three-year starter, is good athlete for his size and can play any offensive lin...

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    NO. 21 | ELIJAH BLUE

  • High School Norview
  • Position Defensive back
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Old Dominion
  • Key numbers: Interception six passes during his senior season in helping the Pilots win eight games.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Blue, who also plays basketball, is long and athletic. The biggest difference this season will be his aggressiven...

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    NO. 22 | JERMAINE TROTMAN

  • High School Ocean Lakes
  • Position Athlete
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
  • Breakdown before 2015 season: Trotman could have been in the top 10 but he sat out last season after transferring from Landstown because he did not have the necessary credits to play. Being out has given him a hunger for the game as he tries to m...

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    NO. 23 | JACOB WILSON

  • High School Western Branch
  • Position Quarterback
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Bucknell
  • Key numbers: As a senior threw for 481 yards and seven TDs with three INTs in Bruins' run-first offense.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Wilson, a transfer from Great Bridge, has gained 18 pounds since coming over thanks to Western Branch’s streng...

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    NO. 24 | BRELYND CYPHERS

  • High School Green Run
  • Position Running Back
  • Class 2016
  • Key numbers: Finished with 1,345 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Some say Cyphers – who rushed for 800-plus yards and 14 TDs last season – doesn’t have breakaway speed but he makes up for it with his po...

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    NO. 25 | DEDRION BACOTE

  • High School Ocean Lakes
  • Position Lineman, Linebacker
  • Class 2016
  • Key numbers: Collected 86 tackles during his senior season for the Dolphins. Also had 16 sacks and forced seven fumbles.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Bacote has the tools to be a top-10 player but so far has fallen short. Bacote, who transferr...

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    NO. 26 | COLE JOHNSON

  • High School Cox
  • Position Quarterback
  • Class 2016
  • College choice James Madison
  • Key numbers: Finished his senior season with 1,671 passing yards, 19 TDs and six INTs and also rushed for 350 yards and five scores.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Johnson has offers from Temple, James Madison, Davidson and Norfolk State. Last se...

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    NO. 27 | KEVIN STATON

  • High School Indian River
  • Position Lineman
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Norfolk State
  • Breakdown before 2015 season: Staton, rated the No. 72 prospect in Virginia by 247Sports, committed to San Diego State. Indian River coach Glenwood Ferebee said Staton, who transferred from Great Bridge, impressed college coaches with his size an...

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    NO. 28 | BRYSON STUKES

  • High School Landstown
  • Position Quarterback
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Hampton
  • Key numbers: As a senior totaled 2,187 yards on the ground and through the air; also accounted for 15 total TDs.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Stukes threw for more than 2,000 yards and eight TDs last season. Landstown coach Tommy Reamon expec...

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    NO. 29 | JAMARI LOGAN

  • High School Booker T. Washington
  • Position Lineman
  • Class 2016
  • Breakdown before 2015 season: Logan had offers from Norfolk State and Mississippi Valley State, and if he can drop some weight more interest will pile up. For a player his size, Logan is athletic and light on his feet.

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    NO. 30 | TYRE GIVERS-WILSON

  • High School Indian River
  • Position Quarterback
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Norfolk State
  • Key numbers: As a senior threw for 1,805 yards and 23 TDs with seven INTs for a Braves team that reached the 5A South Region championship game.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Indian River coach Glenwood Ferebee: “People are going to see a differe...

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    NO. 31 | COLE CHRISTIANSEN

  • High School Nansemond-Suffolk Academy
  • Position Linebacker
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Army
  • Key numbers: Finished his senior season for the state champion Saints with 113 tackles, 10 sacks and averaged more than 100 tackles in his four varsity seasons.

    Breadown before 2015 season: Christiansen – who carries a 3.8 GPA – had offers from ...

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    NO. 32 | JACQUEZ EADIE

  • High School Oscar Smith
  • Position Lineman
  • Class 2016
  • Breakdown before 2015 season: Eadie will probably move to outside linebacker on the college level. Oscar Smith coach Richard Morgan said Eadie sets the tone because he gets after it on the field. “He’s vicious and in a bad mood when he’s on the f...

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    NO. 33 | DONTE LAMPLEY

  • High School Bayside
  • Position Quarterback
  • Class 2016
  • College choice South Carolina State
  • Key numbers: Finished his senior season with 2,280 passing yards, 24 TDs and six INTs.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Lampley, who sports a 3.4 GPA, committed to play at South Carolina State, and Marlins coach coach Jon White said Lampley is a h...

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    NO. 34 | TYAIN SMITH

  • High School Indian River
  • Position Running Back
  • Class 2016
  • College choice VMI
  • Key numbers: Rushed for 1,689 yards as a senior.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Smith, a transfer from Great Bridge, had offers from Appalachian State, Army and Mississippi Valley State. He’s a tough, power back who loves to run the ball over op...

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    NO. 35 | JERMAINE TAYLOR

  • High School Norview
  • Position Lineman
  • Class 2016
  • Key numbers: Second-team All-5A South Region picked helped the Braves win 11 games as a senior.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Taylor, an all-state guard last season as a junior, has gotten bigger and stronger. Full profile

    NO. 36 | NOAH GILES

  • High School Nansemond-Suffolk Academy
  • Position Running Back
  • Class 2016
  • College choice William and Mary
  • Key numbers: Rushed for 1,915 yards and 27 TDs in helping the Saints win a VISAA state championship.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Giles had offers and interest from Navy, Air Force, Richmond and William & Mary. He’s quiet and unassuming but sm...

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    NO. 37 | JT WAHEE

  • High School Lake Taylor
  • Position Defensive back
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Norfolk State
  • Key numbers: Finished his senior season with 32 tackles and tied for the team lead with seven INTs.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Wahee is the younger brother of Wil and George Wahee, who play football at Virginia and Norfolk State, respectivel...

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    NO. 38 | BOBBY PRICE

  • High School Bishop Sullivan Catholic
  • Position Defensive back
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Norfolk State
  • Breakdown before 2015 season: Price, who transferred from First Colonial, was described by one coach as an “athletic freak.” He can play quarterback, wide receiver or defensive back and had interest from Norfolk State, James Madison, Delaware Sta...

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    NO. 39 | DACHAL JACKSON

  • High School Oscar Smith
  • Position Lineman
  • Class 2016
  • Breakdown before 2015 season: Jackson is relatively unknown, has excellent feet and is a very good athlete. Full profile

    NO. 40 | DEVON WATFORD

  • High School Norview
  • Position Running Back
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Norfolk State
  • Key numbers: Moved from WR to RB as a senior and led the Pilots with 36 receptions for 820 yards and 13 TDs.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: : Watford was one of the top running backs and defensive players in the Eastern District last season as a ...

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    NO. 41 | DELVEON LITTLE

  • High School Maury
  • Position Running Back
  • Class 2016
  • Breakdown before 2015 season: A bruising back, he’s got the talent to be a major-college prospect but will probably have to go to junior college first because of grades. Maury coach Chris Fraser said he’s the best running back he’s ever had. Full profile

    NO. 42 | CHARLES GARRETT

  • High School Norview
  • Position Lineman
  • Class 2016
  • Breakdown before 2015 season: A talent that will probably go the junior-college route because of grades. But he’s hoping a strong senior season – on the field and in the classroom – will get him some attention. Full profile

    NO. 43 | TY-KEE MCCULLERS

  • High School Bayside
  • Position Lineman
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Old Dominion
  • Key numbers: Two-time All-Tidewater first-teamer allowed just one sack during his senior season.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: McCullers was first-team All-Tidewater last season and the Coastal Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year. But to B...

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    NO. 44 | DONALD LANIER

  • High School Western Branch
  • Position Lineman
  • Class 2016
  • College choice West Virginia State
  • Key numbers: Key cog in an offense that during his senior season featured 1,000-yard rusher Keith Bryant.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Lanier is a two-year starter and one of the top linemen in the Southeastern District. He can play on either ...

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    NO. 45 | DANIEL GRIFFITH

  • High School Nansemond-Suffolk Academy
  • Position Linebacker, Fullback
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Virginia Tech
  • Key numbers: After playing QB at Western Branch, transferred to Nansemond-Suffolk as a senior and despite nursing a hamstring injury and playing in only 23 quarters collected 56 total tackles and eight sacks at middle linebacker for the VISAA Di...

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    NO. 46 | DAZMINE PALMER

  • High School Lake Taylor
  • Position Running Back, Defensive back
  • Class 2016
  • College choice VMI
  • Key numbers: As a senior led Lake Taylor with 2,094 rushing yards and averaged 8.7 yards peer carry; was the Conference 17 POY.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Lake Taylor coach Hank Sawyer calls Palmer a “game changer.” And he’ll get his chances...

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    NO. 47 | KYREN BEST

  • High School Indian River
  • Position Wide Receiver
  • Class 2016
  • Key numbers: Led the Braves as a senior with 34 receptions for 575 yards.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Last season as a junior Best had 13 TDs and averaged 20 yards per catch. Indian River coach Glenwood Ferebee said Best has good speed and gr...

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    NO. 48 | MAURICE DAVIS

  • High School Western Branch
  • Position Wide Receiver, Tight end
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Virginia State
  • Key numbers: Finished with 19 receptions for 362 yards and four TDs as a senior.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Western Branch coach Greg Gibson said Davis is a returning starter who is receiving a lot interest this season. With his size, Gibson...

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    NO. 49 | MICHAEL CIPOLLA

  • High School Bishop Sullivan Catholic
  • Position Lineman
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Old Dominion
  • College: Cipolla is headed to ODU as a recruited walk-on.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Bishop Sullivan coach Patrick Cavallario said Cipolla “just likes being an offensive lineman.” He’s aggressive and doesn’t mind mixing it up in the trenche...

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    NO. 50 | STEPHEN COPELAND

  • High School Kellam
  • Position Linebacker
  • Class 2016
  • College choice Elon
  • Key numbers: Played LB and RB as a senior and finished with 78 tackles.

    Breakdown before 2015 season: Kellam coach Chris DeWitt calls Copeland “the strongest kid we’ve ever had.” He benches 385 and squats more than 500 pounds. He’s got a tremend...

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