John Bassler, OL, 6-5, 285, New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key HS
Coached by Bill Hyson at Francis Scott Key High School … two-time all-Monocacy Valley Athletic League on offense and defense … two-time all-Carroll County selection … named as an offensive lineman to play in the Super 22 all-star game, featuring the best players from the Baltimore metro area … also played basketball and baseball … son of Robert and Carol Bassler.
Jorge Wright, DL, 6-3, 260, Miami, Fla./Dr. Krop HS
Coached by Rick Divita at Dr. Krop High School … registered 62 tackles and 18 sacks as a senior … selected All-Dade County honorable mention … selected to play in the Dade North-South All-Star game … helped team to a 7-3 record … two-year letterwinner in wrestling … runs a 4.7/40-yard dash and bench presses 275 pounds … son of Jorge and Dr. Ellen Wright.
Bernard Smith, DL, 6-2, 220, Atlanta, Ga./Benjamin E. Mays HS
Coached by Jessie Soloman at Benjamin E. Mays High School … named to the Georgia Sportswriters’ Association Class 4A first-team all-state … earned All-Atlanta honors … had a team-leading 125 tackles, including 75 solo tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles and four forced fumbles as a senior … led the state of Georgia in solo tackles … punted the ball 25 times for an average of 37.7 yards per punt … rated No. 4 rush end in Georgia by the Atlanta Journal Constitution … helped lead the Raiders to a 9-3 record, a second-place finish to Tucker High School in the conference standings and advance to the second round of the state playoffs … selected to play in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game …had a season-high 15 tackles in 25-0 win over Lakeside High School and four sacks in a 14-0 win over Miller Grove High School … selected honorable mention all-state class 4-A as a junior … led Benjamin E. Mays to a 10-3 record as a junior and advance to the second round of the state playoffs … son of Constance Nealey.
Jeffrey Braun, OL, 6-5, 315, Westminster, Md./Winters Mill HS
Coached by Ken Johnson at Winters Mill High School … three-year, two-way starting center-defensive lineman … runs a 5.1/40-yard dash and benches 405 pounds … considered the best lineman outside the metro areas … finished with 57 tackles as a senior … for his career, he finished with 127 tackles, seven sacks, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries … 2007 Maryland consensus all-state by the Associated Press … named to the Baltimore Sun’s all-metro team … three-time selection to the all-Monocacy Valley Athletic League and all-Carroll County teams … two-time first-team all-area by The Examiner … two-time first-team small school all-state selection … helped lead Winters Mill to the state playoffs as a sophomore and junior … set the record for the most bench reps at the 2007 Nike Baltimore combine … also played basketball for two years … Vice President of varsity athletic club … son of Stacey and the late Jeff Braun, Sr.
Donovan Miles, LB, 6-2, 225, Stafford, Va./Brooke Point HS
Coached by Jeff Berry at Brooke Point High School … finished with 107 tackles, including eight sacks and 21 tackles for loss as a senior … a two-time all-district and all-area performer … helped lead the Blackhawks to a 9-2 record, including a 7-0 conference record, the Commonwealth District championship and an appearance in the regional playoffs … collected 114 tackles, 10 sacks and 21 tackles for loss as a junior … Brooke Point finished 7-4 and made an appearance in the first round of the region playoffs … runs a 4.5/40-yard dash … son of Michael Robinson.
Joseph Madsen, OL, 6-4, 270, Chardon, Ohio/Chardon HS
Coached by Jim Dipofi at Chardon High School … two-way starter at defensive tackle and offensive tackle … three-year letterwinner and team captain … collected 59 total tackles, including 21 solo stops, five sacks and 18 tackles for loss … also had 16 assisted tackles, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery ... selected first-team All-Ohio guard … first-team All-Premier Athletic Conference honoree … named first-team Northeast Lakes all-district … earned most valuable player honors at the West Virginia summer camp … helped lead Chardon to a 10-3 record and the first round of the playoffs as a junior … son of Eric and Reta Madsen.
Tyler Urban, TE, 6-4, 240, North Huntington, Pa./Norwin Senior HS
Coached by Dan Conwell at Norwin Senior High School … as a senior, rushed for 510 yards on 80 carries and scored seven touchdowns as a fullback … registered 79 tackles and seven sacks … scored two touchdowns and two sacks in a playoff win over Woodland Hills … selected second-team all-state class 4A … Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Terrific 25 … named all-WPIAL Quad-South Conference … helped lead the Knights to a 7-4 record and an appearance in the WPIAL quarterfinals … as a junior, he collected 70 tackles and seven sacks … rushed for 500 yards and a 6.2 yards per carry average … member of the National Honor Society … son of James and Debra Urban.
Ryan Clarke, FB, 6-1, 235, Glen Burnie, Md./DeMatha Catholic HS
Coached by Bill McGregor at Dematha Catholic High School … runs a 4.5/40-yard dash and benches 335 pounds … finished with 35 carries for 456 yards and six touchdowns as a senior … first-team all-Washington, D.C. by all-DCSportsFan.com … second-team all-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference … helped DeMatha to a 10-2 record, the WCAC Conference championship and a No. 4 ranking in Washington D.C. by the Washington Post … also helped lead the Stags to state titles as a sophomore (11-2) and junior (12-0) … he also ran track … son of Greg and Dale Clarke.
Chris Palmer, DL, 6-4, 290, Philadelphia, Pa./St. John Neumann HS
Coached by Bill Sytsma at St. John Neumann High School … played both offensive and defensive lines … described as the quickest offensive guard in the Philadelphia Catholic School League … selected to the Harrisburg Patriot News Platinum 33 team … earned Scout.com and Super Prep All-American honors… offense averaged more than 400 yards a game in total offense, including 250 yards a game rushing … team had a 1,400-yard rusher … collected 64 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three sacks as a senior … earned All-Catholic League honors two years as a defensive lineman and one time on offense … selected to play in the Philadelphia city all-star game … as a junior, finished with 62 tackles, nine tackles for loss and had five sacks … runs a 5.0/40-yard dash, has a 29-inch vertical jump and benches more than 300 pounds … son of Rudy and Grace Palmer.
Jerome Swinton, CB, 5-9, 160, Daytona Beach, Fla./Seabreeze Senior HS
Coached by Mark Beach at Seabreeze Senior High School … finished with 48 tackles and blocked a punt as a senior … a first-team Class 4A all-state defense selection … named all-Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel … an All-Southeast Region selection by Super Prep … helped lead Seabreeze to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the state semifinals … collected 53 tackles, three interceptions and eight pass breakups as a junior … runs a 4.31/40-yard dash, has a 34-inch vertical jump and bench presses 265 pounds … son of Jerome Swinton and Diane Pollard.
Tyler Bitancurt, K, 6-0, 180, Springfield, Va./West Springfield HS
Coached by Bill Renner at West Springfield High School … connected on 13-of-17 field goal attempts, including a 50-yarder, and made 49-of-50 extra points … the 13 field goals were the most in the state and tied him for the seventh-most in a season in state history … 70 of his 81 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks … had a 39.0-yard per punt average with a long of 60 yards … as a senior, he finished with 88 kicking points and had a two-year career total of 152 points … selected Washington, D.C. all-metro by the Washington Post as a senior …two-time first-team all-Patriot district punter and kicker … two-time first-team all-Northern Region punter … selected first-team all-Northern Region kicker as a senior … for his career, he finished with 15-of-20 field goals with a long of 50 yards, 107-of-108 extra point attempts, including consecutive streak of 70, 123 touchbacks on 147 kickoffs, and a 39.4-yard punting average with a long of 60 yards … had 29 punts land inside the opponent 20-yard line and 10 punts of 50 yards or more … three-year letterwinner in soccer … earned first-team all-district honors as a junior … son of Mauro and Teresa Bitancurt.
J.D. Woods, WR, 6-2, 180, Naples, Fla./Golden Gate HS
Coached by Dave Tanner at Golden Gate High School … played wide receiver in high school, collecting 54 catches for 851 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior … an all-state selection as a senior … earned first-team All-Southwest Florida accolades … a two-time first team all-district and All-Collier County Athletic Conference honoree … helped Golden Gate to a 6-5 finish and a first-round appearance in the state playoffs … collected 28 receptions for 584 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior … four-year starter on the basketball team … participates in the triple jump, the long jump and the 400m dash on the track team … earned honorable mention all-state honors as a junior in basketball and was all-district and all-conference in track … runs a 4.5/40-yard dash and bench presses 230 pounds … son of Freddie and Williamena McCrary and John Blackmon.
Josh Jenkins, OL, 6-5, 305, Parkersburg, W.Va./Parkersburg HS
Coached by Bernie Buttrey at Parkersburg High School … top recruit in the state of West Virginia … first West Virginia player to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas … graded out at 98 percent for his senior season … collected 158 pancake blocks … finished with 113 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, seven sacks and four fumble recoveries … USA Today first-team All-American … Parade Magazine All-American team … a three-time AAA first-team all-state selection … three-time all-MSAC Conference honoree … helped lead the Big Reds to a 13-1 record and the AAA state championship in back-to-back seasons … runs a 5.2/40-yard dash and bench presses 400 pounds … also plays basketball … son of Deborah Johnson.
Ja’tavious Miller, LB, 6-1, 210, Pahokee, Fla./Pahokee HS
Coached by Blaze Thompson at Pahokee High School … finished with 109 tackles, eight sacks, 20 tackles for loss and two interceptions as a senior … registered 14 tackles against Newberry HS in the state championship game … two-time first-team 2B all-state … two-time 2B all-area … Palm Beach Post first-team small school all-area honoree … played in the Outback Bowl state all-star game and the North-South all-star game … helped lead the Blue Devils to back-to-back 14-0 records and the state 2B championship his junior and senior seasons … as a junior, he collected 125 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries … runs a 4.44/40-yard dash, has a 28.6 vertical jump and has benched 225 pounds 10 times … volunteered with elementary school tutoring and helped with hurricane clean-up … son of Lynora Fulmore.
Robert Sands, S, 6-6, 205, Opa-Locka, Fla./Miami Carol City Senior HS
hed by Walter Frazier at Miami Carol City Senior High School … selected second-team all-state by the Miami Herald … Dade County Top 25 by the Miami Herald … collected 60 tackles as a senior … had two interceptions and broke up five passes against the nation’s No. 5 team, Booker T. Washington High School … registered 60 tackles as a junior … helped lead the Chiefs to the second round of the state playoffs … he also ran track … finished third in the state in the triple jump … selected first-team All-Dade County … runs a 4.54/40-yard dash and bench presses 265 pounds … son of Veronica Sands.
Brantwon Bowser, CB, 6-0, 180, Phoenix, Ariz./Phoenix College
Enrolled at WVU in January 2008 … coached by former Mountaineer standout Dale Wolfley at Phoenix College … runs a 4.5-40-yard dash and benches 300 pounds … played in six games and collected 14 tackles, including 10 solos … coached by Tom Bruney at Maryvale High School in Phoenix, Ariz. … a 2006 first-team all-state selection … a first-team all-region honoree … helped lead the Panthers to the semifinals of the state championships as a senior … also played basketball and ran track … ran a 10.7/100m dash … son of Robin Bowser.
Larry Ford, DE, 6-5, 240, Georgetown, S.C./Coffeyville CC
Enrolled at WVU in January 2008 … coached by Jeff Leiker at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas … registered 37 tackles as a sophomore, including 6.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery … earned second-team all-Region VI honors … helped Coffeyville to a 5-5 record and a first-round appearance in the region playoffs … coached by Barry Avant at Georgetown High School … as a senior, he collected 117 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks … named regional defensive player of the year … selected first-team all-low country … played in the South Carolina North-South All-Star game … member of the basketball team … runs a 4.7/40-yard dash and bench presses 315 pounds … son of Larry and Geneva Ford.
Corey Freeman, DL, 6-3, 220, Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights
Coached by Jeff Rotsky at Cleveland Heights High School … four-year letterwinner … as a senior, he finished with 91 tackles, 14.5 sacks and 30 tackles for loss … Blocked four field goals, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery … named first-team all-state … selected All-Lake Erie League first-team … a first-team all-district honoree … runs a 4.55/40-yard dash, has a 35-inch vertical jump and benches 310 pounds … son of Corey Locke and Pamela Sloan.
Coley White, QB, 6-1, 175, Daphne, Ala./Daphne HS
Coached by Glenn Vickery at Daphne High School … brother of two-time BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Pat White … accounted for almost 2,500 yards of total offense as a senior, 964 yards rushing and 1,500 yards passing … selected all-county and named conference player of the week … helped Daphne to an 11-2 record and a state 6A runner-up finish … named Daphne High School’s Student of the Month … also runs track … runs a 4.5/40-yard dash and bench presses 230 pounds … son of James and Vonametris White.
D.J. Shaw, DL, 6-1, 290, Bude, Miss./Copiah-Lincoln CC
Coached by Glenn Davis at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss. … registered 56 total tackles, including 34 solo stops, three sacks, seven tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and 15 quarterback hits … selected honorable mention all-state … collected 23 tackles as a freshman, including 13 unassisted tackles and a sack … helped lead Co-Lin to a 9-3 record, the South Division Championship and a runner-up finish in the state championship game … Co-Lin won the Sea Island Company Golden Isles Bowl Championship … prepped at Franklin County High School in Meadville, Miss. … used as a fullback in high school … ran 113 times for 558 yards and seven touchdowns … helped lead Franklin County to a 6-4 record and the first round of the state playoffs … named all-division 7-3A and one of the Clarion Ledger’s Top 125 prospects in the state … runs a 5.0/40-yard dash, benches 425 pounds and squats 650 pounds.
J.J. Dorsey, CB, 6-0, 180, Winchester, Va./Handley HS
Coached by Tony Rayburn at Handley High School … ran and passed for more than 1,000 yards for three-straight years … accumulated 4,111 yards rushing and 5,643 passing yards over his career for a total of 9,754 yards of total offense, fourth best for career yardage all-time in Virginia … accounted for 2,872 yards of total offense as a senior, running for 1,175 yards and passing for 1,697 … collected 3,122 yards of total offense as a junior (1,344 run/1,778 pass) … selected all-state as a senior … three-year all-district and all-region and was named the Region II Player of the Year in 2006 … helped guide the Judges to the playoffs all four years and to the region championship as a sophomore and the district championship as a junior … an all-district and all-region selection in basketball … son of James and Yevette Dorsey.