Nov 28, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Frank Beamer reacts after the game. The Hokies defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 24-20 at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
5-Star defensive end Josh Sweat has been one of the most targeted players in the Class of 2015 and today, Sweat will announce his recruiting decision at Oscar Smith High School. Today, someone’s recruiting class will get a big-time recruit who has huge potential to be one of the best defensive ends in the last decade.
There have been plenty of teams in hot pursuit of Sweat but it has been down to five for a couple of months with those five being the Virginia Tech Hokies, Florida State Seminoles, Georgia Bulldogs, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Oregon Ducks. These five teams all have a history of success and all five are hoping to get good news though a few are more confident than others.
Sweat took all five official visits to those five schools with Ohio State receiving one in September when the Hokies pulled off the upset. Georgia, Florida State, Virginia Tech, and Oregon received their four official visits in that order over the course of the final four weeks of the 2014 college football season.
Virginia Tech, Florida State, Georgia, and Ohio State have all also traveled to Chesapeake, Virginia to have in-home visits with Florida State’s happening this past Monday and the other three programs visiting Sweat last week.
Three of the five finalists for Sweat are in the College Football Playoff while Georgia and Virginia Tech are both traditional powers, even with the struggles of the Hokies over the last three seasons. Sweat most likely will not be a starter as a freshman other than maybe at Oregon but will likely have some sort of rotational role even despite his current injury recovery.
Today is going to be a day where one of these five prestigious programs will be celebrating. Meanwhile, the other four finalists will be very disappointed but moving on to other targets in the Classes of 2015 and 2016. Now, let’s take a look at the percent odds for all five of these teams.