Last Friday, the nation’s No. 5 recruit, defensive end Josh Sweat (Chesapeake, VA/Oscar Smith), was carted off the field after a major knee injury. Sweat suffered a dislocated knee and ligament damage, according to ESPN.com.
“He’s going to have to have some surgery on his knee,” Sweat’s mother, Carlette Sweat, told ESPN. “He won’t be playing again this year. He wanted to try to get back and play with his team, but he has to have surgery.”
Despite the severity of the injury, Sweat plans to maintain the bulk of his previous recruiting schedule. The talented defensive end will still visit Florida State (Oct. 17) and Oregon (Oct. 31).
“All of the colleges are aware of his injury,” Carlette Sweat said. “Nothing has changed. He may have to change his visit schedule because of surgery.”
Sweat also has a visit scheduled with Georgia Oct. 4, but it will likely be rescheduled due to the upcoming surgery.
The nation’s No. 2 defensive end holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, South Carolina, Texas A&M, USC, Virginia Tech and many others.
It’s not currently known which programs may or may not continue their recruitment due to the injury, but the high school senior plans on enrolling at his college of choice in the spring.
“After a period of rehab, it is expected that Josh will make a full recovery and be back to his dominant form in college,” Oscar Smith High School head coach Richard Morgan said in a statement, via HamptonRoads.com. “We look forward to seeing Josh on the field again next fall at the college of his choice.
“All of his dreams and goals are still out there and ahead of him. He has to understand that now. … He’ll come through this because he’s Josh Sweat.”
And teams will still be clamoring to sign Sweat even if he has to redshirt next season due to the current injury.