Lake Braddock LB Josh Ahern (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
recruitNoVA Fab 30: Josh Ahern of Lake Braddock HS is #6
by Andy Hilton, recruitNoVA
Our #6 athlete is the backbone of the Lake Braddock defense. He’s already made his college commitment, so he’s ready to focus on his senior season.
Heading into the regular season, we recognize the top 30 senior prospects in all of Northern Virginia. That’s a tall task, considering that we track the talent at 86 high school programs in the region. Coming into our countdown as the #6 senior prospect region-wide is Lake Braddock linebacker Josh Ahern.
#6 Josh Ahern (2019 LB 6-3 215) – Lake Braddock High School
As an All-Region 6C selection, Josh Ahern built an impressive offer list, which included the University of Virginia, Army, Temple, James Madison and Old Dominion. In late May, he made his verbal commitment to UVA.
In his junior season, Ahern piled up an astounding 182 total tackles, 109 solo tackles, 23 TFL, two sacks, three INT and seven pass break ups.
Last year’s Lake Braddock team, under new coach Mike Dougherty, started the season by losing their first three games, and then reeled off eight wins before bowing in the second round of the playoffs to Woodbridge, to finish 8-4. When interviewed around the time of his college commitment, Ahern promised that last year’s September slump was an aberration.
“We’ll have a better start (this season),” said Ahern. “The off-season is going really well.”
That statement will be tested as Lake Braddock gets a stiff challenge in their season opener as current three-time Class 6 state champion Westfield visits the Bruins on Friday, September 24.
– Andy Hilton
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Junior Season Highlights for Josh Ahern: