Da’Shawn Hand, the two-time All-Met defensive end at Woodbridge remained No. 1 in the new Rivals.com recruit rankings for the Class of 2014, and two Washington Catholic Athletic Conference players made major jumps in the updated list released Monday.
The recruiting site has upgraded McNamara All-Met offensive lineman Damian Prince to a five-star recruit, one of four players nationally elevated to that distinction from the previous list. Prince moved to No. 10 from No. 31.
“With Prince, we knew he had the talent but it was the dedication we were looking for,” Rivals.com national analyst Mike Farrell said in a story accompanying the new rankings. “When we first saw him, he was around 330 pounds and just wasn’t an elite athlete. Now that he’s dropped the weight [to 292], and it wasn’t really bad weight but it just slowed him down a bit, his footwork and athleticism are in that elite range.”
“Over the past few months, [Aniebonam] has shown a lot of progress,” Rivals.com Mid-Atlantic analyst Adam Friedman said in the same story.” He has put on more muscle while staying quick and explosive. The versatility of the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end makes him incredibly valuable. A player of that size with that much quickness can do so many things on the football field and is a very highly valued commodity.”
The commonwealth of Virginia has three of the top seven prospects on the list: Bayside defensive back Quin Blanding, a Virginia commit, is No. 4, and Oscar Smith defensive tackle Andrew Brown is No. 7.