The Chosen 25 is compiled by Jason Jordan in coordination with the USA TODAY High School Sports Staff and is based heavily on high school and spring/summer production. We also take into account how the player projects as a prospect at the next level and beyond.
Damascus (Maryland) High School defensive end Bryan Bresee holds down the top spot in the initial Chosen 25 for 2020 after dominating the high school season last year and combines this spring and summer.
A devastating combination of quickness, power and will, Bresee, a Clemson commit, was named to the top five at The Opening Finals in Dallas in July after dominating the one-on-one linemen challenge.
Maryland’s ALL-USA Player of the Year and was first team ALL-USA Defense, after racking up 46 tackles, 34 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks for the Swarmin’ Hornets.
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St. John Bosco High School’s (Bellflower, California) D.J. Uiagalelei is the top quarterback in the Chosen 25, checking in at No. 3.
1. Bryan Bresee
Defensive Tackle / 6-5 / 290
Bresee is a physically imposing bully of a pass rusher, who uses his size, quickness, explosion and a wide variety of evasive maneuvers to punish his opponent.
2. Jordan Burch
Hammond School (Columbia, South Carolina)
Defensive End / 6-5 / 250
Considering: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina
Burch uses his athleticism to maneuver around slower offensive linemen and his quick first steps to get where he wants to in the backfield.
3. D.J. Uiagalelei
St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California)
Quarterback / 6-5 / 240
Uiagalelei has a gun for an arm and hits his marks with precision short and deep. His mobility in the pocket allows him to keep plays alive and create.
4. Justin Flowe
Linebacker / 6-2 / 230
Considering: Alabama, Oregon, USC, Clemson, Ohio State, Miami, LSU, Texas
Flowe is arguably the most feared linebacker patrolling the gridiron in the country. He combines size and agility to consistently stop the run and wreak havoc on the opposing team’s backfield.
5. Julian Fleming
Southern Columbia (Catawissa, Pennsylvania)
Wide Receiver / 6-2 / 200
College: Ohio State
Fleming is a matchup nightmare for most corners because of his elite athleticism and speed (4.3). Fleming also boasts a 43-inch vertical leap.
6. Zach Evans
North Shore (Houston, Texas)
Running Back / 6-0 / 200
Considering: Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Texas
Evans is the most talented playmaker carrying the ball in the country, using strength, athleticism, speed and quickness to dominate in all facets.
7. Myles Murphy
Hillgrove (Powder Springs, Georgia)
Defensive End / 6-5 / 275
Murphy is a headache of an assignment for offensive tackles because of his speed (4.65) and size. He uses both simultaneously to dominate at the line of scrimmage.
8. Sav’ell Smalls
Kennedy Catholic (Burien, Washington)
Linebacker / 6-3 / 230
Harrison is a ferocious competitor who thrives as a pass-rusher and uses his 4.6-speed to overwhelm the opposition at the line of scrimmage.
9. Elias Ricks
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)
Cornerback / 6-2 / 190
Ricks uses his speed and agility to stay step for step with receivers and his strength and instincts to make plays in the secondary.
10. Paris Johnson Jr.
Princeton (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Offensive Tackle / 6-7 / 290
College: Ohio State
Johnson has great footwork for his size and anchors down and gets great position on the line. Johnson has great hands and uses his strong upper body to keep defensive linemen at bay.
11. Bryce Young
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California)
Quarterback / 6-0 / 185
Bryce is dangerous, whether he’s creating with his feet or picking the defense apart through the air. A polished and efficient passer, Young uses his athleticism and IQ to beat teams.
12. Kelee Ringo
Saguaro (Scottsdale, Arizona)
Cornerback / 6-2 / 208
Considering: Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, Texas, USC
Ringo is an athletic lockdown corner who patrols the secondary and offers strong run support with his physical nature on the field.
13. Desmond Evans
Lee County (Sanford, North Carolina)
Defensive End / 6-6 / 235
College: North Carolina
Evans is super quick and agile, and that translates into domination against the run and as a pass-rusher.
14. Michael Mayer
Covington Catholic (Alexandria, Kentucky)
Tight End / 6-5 / 240
College: Notre Dame
Mayer is a load with great footwork and quickness which allow him to get open and create after the catch. Mayer has a high IQ and uses his athleticism and great hands to dominate opposing players.
15. Arik Gilbert
Tight End / 6-6 / 245
Gilbert has great size and hands and the speed and quickness to play tight end or wide receiver.
16. Darnell Washington
Desert Pines (Las Vegas. Nevada)
Tight End / 6-8 / 250
Considering: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Miami
Washington has great size, solid speed and great hands, which make him a matchup nightmare — especially in the red zone.
17. Demarkcus Bowman
Running Back / 5-11 / 190
Bowman is a quick and shifty back who maneuvers well between the tackles and on the outside.
18. Justin Rogers
Oak Park (Michigan)
Defensive Tackle / 6-4 / 315
Rogers is a ferocious pass rusher who uses his quickness and footwork to outwork offensive linemen. Rogers once doubled as a five-star offensive guard and uses that experience against his opposition.
19. C.J. Stroud
Rancho Cucamonga (California)
Quarterback / 6-3 / 195
Considering: Baylor, California, Utah, Oregon, Washington State
Stroud is a skilled passer with the precision to hit tight windows as well deep balls. Stroud’s timing is impeccable, and his reads tend to be the right call.
20. Chris Braswell
St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Maryland)
Defensive End / 6-3 / 220
Braswell is quick off the ball and combines the perfect blend of agility and strength, which allows him to dominate the line of scrimmage.
21. Bijan Robinson
Salpointe (Tucson, Arizona)
Running Back / 6-1 / 205
Robinson is arguably the top all-purpose back in the country, with the ability to hurt defenses as a runner or receiver. His combination of athleticism, speed and agility are exceptional.
22. Tate Ratledge
Darlington (Rome, Georgia)
Offensive Tackle / 6-6 / 310
Ratledge is quick off the ball and has great hands and footwork, which allow him to protect his area and run block.
23. Haynes King
Quarterback / 6-2 / 185
College: Texas A&M
King is a concise and accurate pocket passer who hits his targets in all areas. He has great feel for the position and is exceptional with his reads.
24. Reggie Grimes
Ravenwood (Brentwood, Tennessee)
Defensive End / 6-4 / 240
Grimes is a dual threat; with his superior athleticism and strength he’s able to control the line of scrimmage and pressure the quarterback on blitzes.
25. Noah Sewell
Linebacker / 6-1 / 260
Sewell is a big and strong with blazing speed and quickness, which helps him to locate the football efficiently.
Player rankings will be updated throughout the year as more information becomes available.
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