Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star DE Josh Sweat

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMay 21, 2014

Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star DE Josh Sweat

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    Josh Sweat is a 5-star defensive end who is surging up many recruiting boards. He is a fantastic player who has yet to come close to reaching his peak on the field.

    The Virginia native has many schools trying to convince him to join their programs, as his high ceiling has college coaches dreaming of tutoring him. If things go right, he will be a star early in his career at the next level.

    Sweat warrants a closer look as a prospect.

Who Is Josh Sweat?

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    Sweat is a talented defensive end who attends Oscar Smith High School in Virginia. He's coming off of a sensational junior season, as he had 94 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 22 sacks, according to 247Sports

    Sweat has been invited to The Opening this summer, and he will have his pick of recruiting all-star games to play in. Schools such as Florida State, Ohio State, Georgia, Texas A&M, Oregon and Virginia Tech are among his top schools, says 247Sports

    Sweat is No. 3 in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, No. 6 in the Scout 300 and No.  11 in the Rivals250.

Josh Sweat's Scouting Report: Strengths

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    At 6'5" and 237 pounds, Sweat is a fantastic athlete who has ideal range as a defensive end. His best attribute is his ability to cause problems for offenses as a pass-rusher.

    Sweat's first-step quickness is among the best in recent memory. He explodes upfield at the snap, and he forces offensive tackles to open their hips early in their sets. During his rush, Sweat uses his long arms and quick hands to keep blockers from getting under his pads.

    He has the athleticism to execute a quick spin to get around offensive tackles, and he also can convert speed to power. However, Sweat's at his best when he speed-rushes, as he routinely jumps on top of blockers at the snap before bending and ripping around the edge.

    He possesses an impressive short-area surge to finish on the ball, which is also evident when he chases running backs around. Sweat's athleticism and movement skills also lead one to believe he could be a good fit as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. 

Josh Sweat's Scouting Report: Weaknesses

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    Sweat has adequate strength at this stage, but he must get stronger to hold up in college. At this point, he would have problems setting the edge and anchoring versus running plays.

    He also must continue acquiring more pass-rushing moves to expand his arsenal. Finally, if he wants to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, he needs to work on dropping into coverage and recognizing routes.

    Sweat told Steve Hare of (subscription required) on April 24, "I like hand in the dirt because that's what we do at my high school. Dropping back and playing stand up isn't really a big deal." 

Early Junior Season Highlights of Josh Sweat

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    This highlight reel gives you a fantastic feel for how explosive Sweat is. He routinely launches upfield at the snap, and he also shows good toughness and speed in pursuit. It should be easy for you to see why Sweat is a 5-star talent after watching these highlights.

Bleacher Report's Video Feature on Josh Sweat's Recruitment

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    Here is a video feature from Bleacher Report's Adam Kramer detailing the top schools in Sweat's recruitment. He's a coveted prospect who is wanted by just about every elite program in the country.


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    As far as his recruitment, Sweat will give a serious look to schools such as Georgia, Florida State and Ohio State. However, right now, it's felt here that he will sign with Virginia Tech.

    Wherever he goes, Sweat is just too talented to not have a successful career.

    He will continue to fill out his frame and get stronger, which will help him improve as a run defender. Sweat will be ready to play as a true freshman on sub-packages, and he will be an two-time all-conference performer before he leaves school.


    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' Composite Rankings.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.
    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.