Signing Day: The DMV’s place in the ESPN 300

Signing day, every year around this time hundreds of kids take time to announce their college decisions to the college football world. There are at least a dozen different sites that rank these young men every season, mostly all use a rating system involving stars. One of the most popular or most referenced is ESPN’s top 300, today we’ll focus on the Washington D.C, Maryland, and Virginia area(s) known as the ‘DMV’ by locals.

The area is known for being a hot bed of talent in the basketball recruiting world, but they do just as well on the football side of things. For whatever reason, those players seem to fly under the radar until they are in the NFL. Before we share the members of the area that made the ESPN 300, let’s keep this in mind. The Super Bowl that was just played featured no four or five star recruits, the NFL’s MVP and Defensive player of the year were a Junior College transfer and a two star recruit coming out of high school. So why there is reason to be excited about the ranking, it means nothing until we see the final product.



Tim Settle, Stonewall Jackson
Tim Settle, Stonewall Jackson

Let’s get started with the members of the area that made the ESPN 300 list of recruits. Below are the players, what area they are from, their position, height/weight, school they committed to, and ESPN 300 rank.

Josh Sweat  Chesapeake, VA   DE  6’5 , 240  Florida State  5-star (11)

Tim Settle  Manassas, VA  DT  6’3, 339  Virginia Tech  5-star (19)

Adam McLean  Gaithersburg, MD  DT  6’2, 293  Maryland (83)

Matt Burrell Jr.  Woodbridge, VA  OG  6’4, 291  Ohio State (94)

Ricky DeBerry  Mechanicsville, VA  DE  6’2, 235  Oklahoma (132)

Clelin Ferrell  Richmond, VA  DE  6’5, 225  Clemson (136)

Garrett Taylor  Richmond, VA  CB  6’1, 187  Penn State (139)

Richie Petitbon  Washington D.C.  OG  6’4, 313  Alabama (151)

Marcus Lewis  Washington D.C.  S  6’2, 187  Florida State (159)

Jahvoni Simms  Virginia Beach  ILB  6’1, 237  Virginia (162)

Darvin Taylor II  Chesapeake, VA  DT  6’2, 300  Florida State (170)

Pat Allen  Reistertown, MD  OT  6’6, 282  Georgia (210)

Isaiah Pruee  Greenbelt, MD  OT  6’6, 270  Ohio State (223)

Jalen Christian  Damascus, MD  WR  5’10  South Carolina (252)

Grant Newsome  Mclean, VA  OT  6’7, 290  Michigan (253)

Jonathan Holland  Potomac, MD  DE  6’5, 225  Penn State (265)

Kai Locksley  Baltimore, MD  ATH  6’4, 190  Texas (289)

Chad Smith  Sterling, VA  OLB  6’4, 213  Clemson (290)

Juwaun Briscoe  Waldorf, MD  ATH  6’0, 182 (293)

*Remaining players were 4-star recruits

*ATH-athlete, WR- Wideout, OT-offensive tackle, DT-defensive tackle, ILB-inside line backer, OLB-outside line backer, DE-defensive end, S-safety




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