Norm Wood's Fab 15 high school football players in Virginia

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FAB 15

Joel Caleb – WR

High school: Clover Hill (in Midlothian). Height/Weight: 6-foot-4/215 pounds.

College situation: Considering scholarship offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio State, West Virginia, Florida State, Penn State, Notre Dame, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland and Indiana.

Why he made the Fab 15: He has played quarterback since his sophomore year, and passed for 1,343 yards and 20 touchdowns last season as a junior, while adding 843 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. Yet, his size and ability to break tackles has made him an attractive target as a wide receiver prospect.

Alex Carter – CB

High school: Briar Woods (in Ashburn). Height/Weight: 6-1/189.

College situation: Committed to Stanford.

Why he made the Fab 15: If his bloodlines (he's the son of former Notre Dame and 9-year NFL pro cornerback Tom Carter) weren't enough to make him a top-level recruit, his 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash and intelligence (over 4.0 grade point average) did the trick. He has been on the radar for college programs for quite some time, picking up his first verbal offers as a sophomore.

Eli Harold – DE

High school: Ocean Lakes (in Virginia Beach). Height/Weight: 6-4/217.

College situation: Considering offers from U.Va., UNC, Florida, Virginia Tech, Louisiana State, Ohio State, Penn State, Arkansas, West Virginia, Miami, Tennessee, N.C. State, Maryland and Vanderbilt.

Why he made the Fab 15: There's a good chance his versatility could mean he ends up playing linebacker in college. He earned first team All-Eastern Region honors last season as a defensive end after finishing with seven sacks, and made second team All-Beach District at wide receiver, where he had 34 catches for 543 yards and seven touchdowns.

J.C. Coleman – RB

High school: Oscar Smith (in Chesapeake). Height/Weight: 5-7/170.

College situation: Committed to Virginia Tech.

Why he made the Fab 15: Though he may not be the biggest running back, he's one of the most productive at the highest level of high school football in the state. In the last two seasons combined, he has gained 2,801 yards rushing. He also sports a 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds, making it clear why he's the only running back on this list.

Korren Kirven – DT

High school: Brookville (in Lynchburg). Height/Weight: 6-4/267.

College situation: Considering offers from U.Va., Virginia Tech, Alabama, Stanford, Penn State, Notre Dame, Florida, Connecticut, UNC, N.C. State, Texas Tech, Rutgers, Utah, Tennessee, Maryland, Central Florida, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Duke and Marshall.

Why he made the Fab 15: He earned first team All-Seminole District honors last season after anchoring the defensive line. Playing a position that is notoriously one of the most challenging for college programs to recruit, he's considered by most recruiting analysts to be among the nation's top 20 defensive tackles.

Kwontie Moore – LB

High school: Norfolk Christian. Height/Weight: 6-1/239.

College situation: Committed to U.Va.

Why he made the Fab 15: Despite playing for a small private school, his talent hasn't eluded the eyes of college recruiters, or the folks that hand out one of the most prestigious awards for high school linebackers. He's one of 51 players named to the preseason watch list for the high school version of the Butkus Award. Moore had 132 tackles last season and forced five fumbles.

Ken Ekanem – LB

High school: Centreville (in Clifton). Height/Weight: 6-3/232.

College situation: Considering offers from U.Va., Virginia Tech, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Michigan State, Boston College, Notre Dame, UNC, Maryland, Rutgers, Illinois, Syracuse, Central Florida, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Duke.

Why he made the Fab 15: A pass-rushing specialist who capped his junior season with 17 sacks. His potential for physical growth makes him a candidate at the college level to play defensive end, which is exactly where he's being recruited by many of the programs that have offered scholarships.

Win Homer – OT

High school: Christchurch. Height/Weight: 6-5/245.

College situation: Committed to Boston College.

Why he made the Fab 15: He's a player that reminded a lot of recruiters of Anthony Castonzo, who finished high school as an undersized offensive tackle before heading to BC and becoming a first round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts. Homer has a GPA over 4.0 and has improved his footwork by playing defense on Christchurch's lacrosse team.

Devin Vandyke – LB

High school: South County (in Lorton). Height/Weight: 6-1/204.

College situation: Committed to Virginia Tech.

Why he made the Fab 15: He has a reputation for a being a ferocious hitter, which helped him pile up 92 tackles last season, including 11 for losses, to go along with six pass breakups. He should make Tech associate athletic director for strength performance Mike Gentry a happy guy, as Vandyke already benches more than 300 pounds.

C.J. Prosise – S

High school: Woodberry Forest. Height/Weight: 6-1/195.

College situation: Committed to Notre Dame.

Why he made the Fab 15: His instincts and athleticism were significant selling points for Notre Dame's coaching staff. Last season, he finished with seven interceptions. He also came in second in the 100-meter dash (10.99 seconds) at the VISAA outdoor track & field state championship meet, and fourth in the 200-meter dash (22.61).

Desmond Frye – S

High school: Thomas Dale (in Chester). Height/Weight: 6-1/169.

College situation: Committed to Virginia Tech.

Why he made the Fab 15: After finishing with 510 yards receiving and six touchdowns last season, there's a chance he could get a crack at playing wide receiver at Tech. On the other hand, safety just seems like a natural spot for him due to his ability to close quickly on balls in the air with his sub-4.5 second speed in the 40-yard dash.

Tyrell Chavis – DT

High school: Varina (in Richmond). Height/Weight: 6-3/300.

College situation: Committed to U.Va.

Why he made the Fab 15: Several schools looked at him as a potential offensive lineman (hard not to do so given his block-out-the-sun size), but he'll likely wind up on the defensive line for U.Va. He was a second team All-Capital District selection last season, and many recruiters believe he's still growing into his full potential.

Dakota Jackson – TE

High school: Northside (in Roanoke). Height/Weight: 6-4/247.

College situation: Committed to Virginia Tech.

Why he made the Fab 15: Tech was the only Football Bowl Subdivision program to offer him a scholarship, but the Hokies are getting a potential steal. He had 18 catches 343 yards and four touchdowns last season at tight end, and added 14 tackles for loss and 5 1/2 sacks as a defensive end.

Deon Clarke – LB

High school: L.C. Bird (in Chesterfield). Height/Weight: 6-2/205.

College situation: Committed to Virginia Tech.

Why he made the Fab 15: Another player with a ravenous pass-rushing appetite, as evidenced by his 14 sacks and four forced fumbles last season. He was the Dominion District defensive player of the year. He has excelled at both the strong-side linebacker and middle linebacker spots for L.C. Bird.

Andre Miles-Redmond – OG

High school: Hermitage (in Richmond). Height/Weight: 6-4/260.

College situation: Committed to U.Va.

Why he made the Fab 15: He has the ability to play either side of the line, but his blocking prowess is hard to overlook on the offensive side of the ball. His muscular frame has the potential to carry up to 300 pounds. Miles-Redmond also did himself a lot of favors in the recruiting process by keeping his GPA up near 2.9.

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