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VA 2017 Rankings: By the Numbers

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By Jerry Shank
Maryland / Virginia Scouting Director

There has been much shifting around the ranks in our never-ending effort to determine the top prospects across the state. We have expanded from 150 to now the top 185 players. As with all rankings, they will continue to grow as we travel the state in search of  talent between high school / travel games, state events, and our own PBR VA/DC events. Today we take look into the rankings by the numbers.


+ Only four players in our top 50 are uncommitted and three of those four are between No. 40 and No. 50 (Mitchell Williams, Hunter Johnson, and Noah Goins). Millbrook star Conor Hartigan is the lone uncommitted player in the top 40 and that is only because of his recent de-commitment from last month.

+ Pitching takes a big role in the updated rankings, with close to 60% of the top 50 being either a primary pitcher or could pitch as they move on after high school.

+ Virginia colleges have done their due diligence, with 80 of the 116 (69%) committed players within the rankings staying in state.

+ 81 players in the 2017 rankings are committed to Division I programs.

+ Millbrook leads the ranks with the highest ranked players, having four in the top 24 (Anthony Simonelli, Hartigan, Ryan Kennedy, Austin Murphy).

+ Covenant and Highland lead all high schools with five players each in the rankings.

+ Battlefield, Kettle Run, Liberty Christian, Manchester, Patriot, and St. John's have four player each.

+ Four of the top six ranked players are committed to 2015 National Champ Virginia.

+ Seven players within the top 60 of the rankings are committed to James Madison.  

+ Seven players within the top 70 are committed to Virginia Military Institute.

+ Old Dominion and George Mason both have five players in the top 80 committed. 

+ Charleston (WV) has the highest non Division I ranked commit in RHP Braydon Floyd of Stafford.

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