247Sports Crystal Ball Prediction: Virginia Tech (40 percent); Florida State (36 percent); Ohio State (12 percent); Georgia (8 percent); Tennessee (4 percent)
Josh Sweat is the result of rare, natural athleticism augmented by hard work. The new No. 1 overall prospect in 247Sports' composite rankings showcased both attributes in Beaverton.
He was the only lineman to qualify for the SPARQ championship, a series of tests used to determine the best all-around athlete at The Opening. Despite dealing with a sore hip, Sweat finished second in the nationally televised event.
"Josh is just a freak athlete," SPARQ winner Kirk Merritt said afterward. "I knew it would be tough to beat him. He's the kind of athlete you never really see, and I thought he was pretty amazing."
Sweat exhibited surreal abilities in Oregon while stating his case for a rise to the top spot in national rankings. The 6'5", 240-pound prospect commanded attention on the first day of competition, clocking a 4.46 40-yard dash.
That performance further fueled abundant comparisons to No. 1 NFL draft pick Jadeveon Clowney, who shares a lot of commonalities with Sweat, pretty sweet hairstyles aside. Both players exhibit an uncommon blend of elite burst and physical stature that is typically reserved for great weak-side rushers.
Sweat secured 22 sacks last fall, finishing his junior season with 94 total tackles. He teamed up with the top-ranked 2014 defensive tackle to create the kind of defensive tandem you'd find in a quarterback's nightmares.
The absence of Andrew Brown, now a freshman at Virginia, will test Sweat's resilience and ability to shoulder the defensive load. However, he is already used to spending four quarters in the crosshairs of an offensive blocking scheme and should hold up well.
Sweat's game is based on far more than elite speed.
His explosiveness translates into power, which is immediately evident as he fires off the ball with jolting arm extension and a strong, flexible base. Sweat punches through an opponent's chest plate before implementing lateral agility that makes offensive linemen look silly.
"You have to be perfect against Sweat," 5-star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt said at The Opening after dealing with him in drills. "Otherwise you're done."
Instincts take over once he leaves linemen in his wake and surges into the backfield. Despite carrying a large amount of momentum, Sweat maintains body control and balance.
His hip fluidity shines as he reads and reacts upon locating the ball, never halting his attack in the process. Sweat's pursuit is special, whether he's chasing after a ball-carrier along the perimeter or closing in on a quarterback in the pocket.
Sweat is built more like a wide receiver than a traditional defensive end at this stage of his career. He should be able to comfortably carry an additional 15-to-20 pounds while gradually bulking up in college.
His skill set should translate immediately, and Sweat projects as a player who can become the face of a collegiate program in the years to come. Despite all the accolades, he comes off as a levelheaded, soft-spoken young man when you meet him in person.
"Wherever I end up at the next level, I want to be able to make an early impact," Sweat said.
He is set to spend official visits at Ohio State, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Oregon and Florida State, per Evan Watkins of 247Sports (subscription required).
All quotes obtained firsthand by Bleacher Report national recruiting columnist Tyler Donohue unless otherwise noted.
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