Here is the first look at the top 30 players, heading into spring in the Class of 2010. Keep in mind, the list will change after spring as we head toward summer, and then again before the start of the 2009 season. If there are any players that belong in this list, we will find them with the number of off season events that we cover live.
Remember, this is only the first list, and there will be changes along the way!
1. Lamarcus Joyner, DB, 5-8, 160, St. Thomas Aquinas: What more can you say about one of the most dominating football players in the nation that has not already been said? He can do it all! This gifted athlete transfers to Broward County for his senior year.
2. Brandon Linder, OL, 6-4, 265, St. Thomas Aquinas: Easily one of the most athletic “big men” in the nation. Has the ability to play all three positions up front.
3. Devon Wright, RB, 6-0, 180, Taravella: This two-time county rushing champion is still not getting that national attention he deserves. Quality football player who can get it done on both sides of the ball.
4. Cody Riggs, DB, 5-10, 165, St. Thomas Aquinas: Could emerge as one of the top cornerbacks in the country. Is one of the more physical players at the position.
5. Giovanni Bernard, RB, 5-9, 190, St. Thomas Aquinas: Give this gifted back 25 carries a game and he will run over 2,000 yards - against anyone! His best years are yet to come.
6. Ivan McCartney, WR, 6-2, 170, Miramar: Tremendous hands, superb route runner with big play capabilities. Will continue to improve as he gets into the weightroom.
7. Brian Robinson, S, 6-0, 195, St. Thomas Aquinas: Is there a safety in the state of Florida who hits any harder than this gifted player? Will be a major force at camps, combines and in games over the next year.
8. Shawn Corker, WR, 6-2, 180, Cardinal Gibbons: Easily the most overlooked player at any position in South Florida. There is no better blocker and overall receiver, but many colleges already know that.
9. James White, RB, 5-10, 195, St. Thomas Aquinas: More than proved what he brings to the table over the past two years. May turn out to be one of the state’s best runners in this class.
10. Brandon Doughty, QB, 6-3, 180, North Broward Prep: After sitting and watching as a freshman and as a sophomore at Chaminade-Madonna, he more than made up for it during a tremendous season last year and emerged as one of the best in Florida.
11. Cassius McDowell, RB, 5-9, 175, Deerfield Beach: One of the top threats in South Florida, this is a quick impact player who is also a special teams standout.
12. Vincent Mauro, LB, 6-2, 210, St. Thomas Aquinas: Over the past two years, all this quality football talent has done is make plays and dominate with his speed, strength and play-making ability.
13. Demar Dorsey, S, 6-0, 175, Boyd Anderson: Already an early commit to head to play for the defending national champion Florida Gators, this is a quality football talent.
14. Devin Drane, DB, 5-11, 175, Plantation: A two-year starter for the Colonels, here is a football talent who has had some great role models to learn from.
15. Desmond Bozeman, OLB, 6-4, 215, Dillard: Yet another player who has not received the attention he deserves, this quality athlete has made an impression over the past two seasons.
16. Michael Anderson, S, 6-0, 185, Pantation: After running for over 900 yards as a sophomore at Hallandale, he was moved to the defensive secondary last year and was one of the best in the county. Easily one of the prospects who will emerge as the best in the state!
17. Donte Dotson, DB, 5-9, 175, Deerfield Beach: Take your pick - defensive back, running back, receiver or quarterback, this may be the best football player that many continue to overlook.
18. Joe McNamara, OL, 6-2, 275, Cypress Bay: After making the move from Chaminade-Madonna after his freshman year, all this quality prospect did was lead one of the best lines in the state the past two years. Great feet and very smart. A tremendous wrestler as well.
19. Travis Holland, LB, 6-0, 200, Plantation: A big play athlete who has strength, speed and the knowledge of reading offenses. Will continue to get better during the off season.
20. Tony Grimes, DB, 6-0, 180, Hollywood Hills: Emerged as one of the top football players last year after a strong camp showing and a solid season for the Spartans. While many have talked about him, very few watched what he can do on the field.
21. Jamal Bass, LB, 5-11, 190, Miramar: Yet another quality football talent who has a nose for the ball. After an impressive sophomore season, he followed it up this past year with another very good campaign for the Patriots.
22. David Perry, DE, 6-6, 225, University School: Was one of several impressive football players the Suns brought to the table during an unbeaten regular season. Just watch him mature and get better.
23. Garrett Smith, DB, 5-8, 170, Cardinal Gibbons: Like several players in the county, has quietly been one of the best players around. Opponents felt that he was one of the best they faced, and colleges already know it.
24. Dante Chambers, WR, 5-9, 170, Miramar: Yet another big play receiver in a region that has more than its share of tremendous athletes. While he lacks size, he more than makes up for it with his overall play and big play capabilities.
25. Ethan Grant, RB, 5-10, 165, North Broward Prep: While he is best known for being one of the state’s fastest athletes, this is a youngster who has turned enough heads to make a statement on the football field. He is an early commitment to play for the Oregon Ducks.
26. Max Beaulieu, DT, 6-2, 235, University School: Talk about difference makers, here is yet another athlete who emerged for coach Roger Harriott’s Suns with speed, strength and athletic ability.
27. Jermaine Barton, OL, 6-6, 270, St. Thomas Aquinas: One of the more promising line prospects in South Florida who was instrumental in the success of the national champions this past season.
28. Daryeon Chance, RB, 5-7, 180, Cardinal Gibbons: He may be a smaller back, but for the past 10 years, this is someone who has been turning heads at every level. Pound-for-pound, he is the toughest player in the county!
29. Reynaldo Kirton, S, 6-2, 180, St. Thomas Aquinas: Yet another Raider who is a difference maker. Not only can he play the run, but watch him cover. Tremendous prospect!
30. Travion Bailey, DE, 6-2, 217, McArthur: Many who have watched this youngster play the past two seasons compare him to a former Mustang, Erasmus James, who has carved out quite a career in the NFL.