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February 4, 2012

Hackenberg soars in latest Virginia prospect rankings

With the ink barely dry on the letters of intent signed by Class of 2012 standouts on National Signing Day this past Wednesday, VirginiaPreps.com is busy re-ranking the best from the Class of 2013.

In our latest rankings, Fork Union quarterback Christian Hackenberg has catapulted all the way to #3, up from his #15 ranking when we last ranked the class last fall. A quick look at the 6-foot-4, 215 pounder's offer list explains the big jump. Hackenberg now holds offers from Alabama, Connecticut, Miami, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee as well as from both of the state's D-I schools, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Hackenberg recently told Mike Farrell "I'm just thankful and blessed every day for the opportunities I have. I've got to make the best decision for me."

When asked about the Alabama offer, he responded "Having the opportunity to play at that type of atmosphere with a coach like Nick Saban and the players down there, that is a great opportunity and hard to pass up," he said. "I'm very excited they have given me the opportunity. I've got to keep learning more about the school, depth chart and that type of stuff."

In terms of visits, Hackenberg is hoping to make trips later this spring to Miami, Alabama and South Carolina, but nothing is currently scheduled.

As he contemplates his offers more, what does he want in a school?

"I want a great school that offers great academics and a great football program," he said. "I just want a team where I feel it's a family out there. I want somewhere I can give everything I have for them."

As a junior Hackenberg accounted for 2,200-yards passing and 23 total touchdowns while earning first team all-league, region and state honors.

Other rising prospects include Briar Woods' linebacker Matt Rolin, a newcomer to our rankings, debuting at #13. Like Hackenburg, Rolin's early offer list is quite impressive, including Boston College, Michigan, Tennessee, Washington, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Many think the Hokies might have the edge with Rolin, since his older brother Scott is already a member of the Tech football program. But the younger Rolin says "I don't have a top school. I'm keeping my options open, but I know a lot more about them (Virginia Tech) than any school in the country."

Three more newcomers to our Top 30 are David Prince at #16, DaeSean Hamilton at #17, and Deon Newsome at #18.

Prince, an athlete from Patrick Henry (Roanoke), played quarterback last fall for the Patriots to a 7-3 record behind an offense that averaged nearly 28 points per contest as he connected on 70 of 121 passes for 1,005 yards and nine touchdowns. He projects as a wide receiver or defensive back in college.

Hamilton is a 6-foot, 175 pound wide receiver/defensive back that plays for Mountain View. He already has offers from East Carolina, Liberty and Virginia Tech.

Newsome is another in a long line of outstanding prospects from Hampton. The versatile standout for Mike Smith's Crabbers already has offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Check out the complete listing of the state's Top 30 prospects here!

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