With summer fast approaching, we have narrowed down the list to 25 top seniors.
While rankings are always subjective at best, our list was compiled from watching thousands of athletes perform with full gear on in football arenas, giving them the opportunity to showcase their football skills and not just a combine performance or a 7-on-7 event, which are helpful, but in no way definitive, and in no way what college coaches want to hear when seeking information.
The names you will see here, and in the many lists to come throughout the year, are based on countless hours spent in the spring and the early portion of the summer, physically attending events, talking with youngsters and their coaches.
While we understand that everyone has an opinion, in the coming months, names will be added and moved around to give you a working list for the start of the 2009 regular season, and then updated again at the completion of the year, giving us the advantage of seeing more football games and practices in South Florida
Expect over 100 athletes to sign D1 scholarships from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
1. Corey Lemonier, DE, 6-4, 230, Hialeah: After watching this gifted athlete this spring, we felt the kid was without a doubt the top player in the state of Florida. He is big, fast, explosive and just plain nasty on the field.
2. Eduardo Clements, RB, 5-10, 185, Booker T. Washington: A steady line from scrimmage runner, who uses his speed and pass-catching ability to create plays that many backs just cannot make.
3. Jeffrey Godfrey, QB, 5-11, 180, Central: His velocity, quick release, speed and leadership has put him in a position to shatter Miami-Dade County total offense marks. Despite his lack of height, everyone who has watched him feels that he will be a record-setter at every level he competes at!
4. Todd Chandler, DT, 6-0, 300, Northwestern: Watching him since his impressive sophomore year, there was no doubt that was yet another prototypical defensive tackle with strength, quickness and the ability to penetrate the offensive backfield. (COMMITTED TO MIAMI).
5. Michaelee Harris, WR, 6-1, 185, Northwestern: Here is the perfect example of quickness, athletic ability and character all rolled up into one perfectly designed athlete who has great hands, runs solid routes and has the ability to get off the line scrimmage against anyone!
6. Brandon Gainer, RB, 6-0, 210, Miami Central: Ask any coach about the different running backs they recruit and all will tell you that having someone who is capable of carrying the ball 25-30 times a game at any level is a must.
7. Willis Wright, WR/S, 6-1, 200, Miami Springs: He is easily one of the top prospects in the class. While many have only discovered his many talents this past spring, here is an athlete who has been getting it done on both sides of the ball for the Golden Hawks.
8. Joshua Reese, WR, 6-0, 180, Central: Burst onto the scene last year as a junior for the Rockets with his ability to catch the ball, separate himself from the defenders and run some of the best routes that any receiver in the state can run.
9. Lyndon Trail, DE/TE, 6-6, 200, Booker T. Washington: While many point to Jason Taylor as a perfect example of being tall and lean, many college coaches are hoping that he can put 40 pounds on his frame over the next few years and be something like Taylor was in College and into his early years in the NFL.
10. Quinton Dunbar, WR, 6-3, 180, Booker T. Washington: A tall, thin athletes who has great body control, stronger than he appears and has the quickness to catch any ball thrown in his direction. Makes up one of the most impressive receiving corps in the state, and perhaps the nation!
11. Calvin Smith, DL/OL, 6-4, 275, Hialeah: Here is a football talent who has emerged as one of the top two-way prospects in Florida. While he lines up next to the state’s top-rated player, it has only opened the way for colleges to get a better at him and appreciate his speed, strength and knowledge of the game.
12. Torrian Wilson, OT, 6-5, 280, Northwestern: His quick feet, tremendous hand and arm control and ability to run and pass block has given him a huge advantage. While he has a lot to work on, he is certainly come a long way since the first time he put on pads.
13. Jakhari Gore, RB, 5-9, 165, Christopher Columbus: While he understands that he will never be a tackle-to-tackle runner, Gore does understands that his peed, catching ability and instincts can turn him into quite a weapon as a slot player and kick returner at the next level. In open field, he is nearly impossible to catch!
14. Gideon Ajagbe, 6-3, 205, S/LB, Ransom Everglades: One of the most physical players in the state who will need to settle into one position at the next level. Is a great hitter on defense, where he has played in the secondary and lined up at linebacker. On the offensive side of the ball, he was a 1,000 runner as a junior, where he showcased his toughness and overall athletic ability. (COMMITTED TO FLORIDA).
15. Delvin Jones, DE, 6-4, 235, Palmetto: While many colleges are looking to see more of what he can do on the football field during the regular season, there is little doubt that his size, quickness and strength give him a huge advantage against any competition.
16. Ravonne Carter, CB, 6-0 190, Hialeah: A physical, quick football talent who not only plays the pass well, but is certainly not afraid to come up and hit you. College coaches have expressed over the past few months that he may be one of the best in the state, and with the T-Breds' challenging schedule, we'll soon find out!
17. Demetrius Pettway, S, 5-11, 185, Homestead: An athlete who began playing corner and then as he grew and got bigger and stronger, he made the move to the safety position where combines outstanding cover skills with the ability to make huge hits.
18. Jose Jose, OC, 6-1, 360, Central: After starting for three years at Booker T. Washington, this imposing prospects makes a move down the road to play for the Rockets in 2009. Could be called on to play defense in 2009 as well. (COMMITTED TO TENNESSEE).
19. Pablo Alvarez, CB, 6-3, 180, Belen Jesuit: One of the top all-around athletes who combines speed, football skills and tremendous mind to play the game. His stock will continue to rise throughout the season.
20. Ted Meline, WR, 6-4, 170, Booker T. Washington: A tall, quick athlete who will be given every opportunity to show why so many colleges are simply in love with his potential of catching the ball and making big plays. He needs to stay healthy, and we have a feeling that everything will fall into place.
21. Ralph Williams, LB, 6-1, 210, Southridge: Was to have followed in the footsteps of a playmaking machine Frankie Telfort at Gulliver, he will now move south to play for the Spartans. Here is an athlete who has the size, strength and athletic ability to play at a very high level.
22. Stephen Morris, QB, 6-2, 180, Monsignor Pace: Big time potential with a strong arm, tremendous feet and the capacity to lead any team at any level. Also a baseball player for the Spartans.
23. Richard Leonard, CB, 5-8, 160, Killian: One of the best cover-corner prospects in South Florida. Easily one of the fastest who will have the opportunity to showcase his many skills again this season.
24. Isaac Dixon, LB, 5-11, 185, Monsignor Pace: Will probably end up at safety at the next level, but his play as an outside linebacker for the Spartans has been very impressive. A tremendous athlete with plenty of quickness.
25. Jeff Scott, RB, 5-7, 180, Archbishop Carroll: Another smaller back who has the ability to break games open with his speed, strength and football skills. Can play football at any level!