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.
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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.
North Shore High School (Houston) running back Zach Evans, Hammond School (Columbia, South Carolina) defensive end Jordan Burch, Southern Columbia (Catawissa, Pennsylvania) wide receiver Julian Fleming, an Ohio State commit, and Hillgrove High School (Powder Springs, Georgia) defensive end Myles Murphy, a Clemson commit, round out the top five.
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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. 12.
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 evasion maneuvers to punish his opponent.
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.
Hammond School (Columbia, S.C.)
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.
Southern Columbia (Catawissa, Pa.)
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.
Hillgrove (Powder Springs, Ga.)
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.
Kennedy Catholic (Burien, Wash.)
Linebacker / 6-3 / 230
Considering: Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Oregon, Washington State, Washington
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.
Mater Dei(Santa Ana, Calif.)
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.
Covington Catholic (Alexandria, Ky.)
Tight End / 6-5 / 240
College: Notre Dame
Mayer is a load with great footwork and quickness which allow him to get open and created after the catch. Mayer has a high IQ and uses his athleticism and great hands to dominate opposing players.
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.
Lee County (Sanford, N.C.)
Defensive End / 6-6 / 235
Considering: Alabama, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Clemson
Evans is super quick and agile and that translates into domination against the run and as a pass rusher.
Wide Receiver / 6-3 / 190
College: Texas A&M
Demas is an exceptional athlete, who doubles as a track star, and uses his athleticism to his advantage in every facet of the game.
St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
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.
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.
Quarterback / 6-2 / 185
Considering: Texas A&M, Tennessee, Auburn, Duke, Arkansas, LSU
King is a concise and accurate pocket passer who hits his targets in all areas. King has great feel for the position and is exceptional with his reads.
Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)
Running Back / 6-2 / 220
Milton is a shifty running back with speed, quickness and agility. Milton also has great hands making him a legitimate threat out of the backfield and in the secondary.
Tight End / 6-6 / 245
Considering: Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Auburn, Clemson
Gilbert has great size and hands and the speed and quickness to play tight end or wide receiver.
Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
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.
Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
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.
Ravenwood (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Defensive End / 6-4 / 240
Considering: Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, LSU, Vanderbilt
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.
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Offensive Tackle / 6-5 / 300
Considering: LSU, Oklahoma, Alabama, Louisville, Arizona
Dumervil has great footwork and explodes off the ball using his quickness and agility to keep defensive linemen at bay.
Ryan (Denton, Texas)
Athlete / 6-5 / 230
Sanders is the type of player that you just put on the field because no matter where he’s at he’ll be productive. Sanders uses his size, strength and athleticism to dominate in various facets.
Darlington (Rome, Ga.)
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.
Desert Pines (Las Vegas. Nev.)
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 on short out and in the red zone.
Aledo (Denton, Texas)
Running Back / 5-10 / 200
McClellan is a shifty back with good speed and the innate ability to make defenders miss or run through and past hits. His quickness allows him to hit the hole quickly and get to the second level.
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Quarterback / 6-0 / 185
Young 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.
Player rankings will be updated throughout the year as more information becomes available.
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