Nation’s #1 Recruits

by Jeff Fisher

As you’ve heard me say and write a thousand times, recruiting websites are not my favorite thing.  That being said, there are tens of thousands that flock to them, so I thought we’d take a look at the current #1’s of, and’s #1 overall recruit is Josh Sweat, defensive end from Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. According to the website, Sweat has 50 offers so far.  Sweat, who’s listed at 6-5, 235-pounds, had 94 tackles last year with 22 sacks. 31 of his tackles were for loses.’s overall #1 is Byron Cowart is a defensive end from Armwood High School in Seffner, Florida.  The 6-3, 252-pounder has 22 offers on the table with Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Oregon listed as “high” on his list.  According to MaxPreps, Cowart had 72 tackles last season with 13 sacks.

Kahlil McKenzie, who’s given his verbal to the University of Tennessee, is‘s overall #1.  The Clayton Valley High School (Concord, California) defensive tackle is listed at 6-4 and weights 330 pounds.  Earlier this year, McKenzie announced he was transferring from De La Salle where he made 74 tackles last season with a team-high 12 sacks.  He’s the son of Oakland Raiders general manager and former NFL linebacker Reggie McKenzie.

You can watch McKenzie play in The 2014 Honor Bowl that is sponsored by High School Football America. Clayton Valley will play Carson High from Nevada on August 30th.

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.